East Africa Travel Warning
Issued by U.S. Department of State
Dec 24, 2002
This Public Announcement is being updated to alert Americans to the
continuing potential for terrorist actions against U.S. citizens in East
Africa. This Public Announcement expires on April 24, 2003.
On November 28, there was a car bomb attack on a hotel near Mombasa, Kenya,
in which at least 11 people died, and an unsuccessful attempt to shoot down
an Israeli charter plane departing Mombasa on the same day. The threat to
aircraft by terrorists using shoulder-fired missiles continues in Kenya, to
include Nairobi. The U.S. Government has received information, the
credibility of which has not yet been confirmed, that similar attacks may
also occur in Djibouti. The Department of State believes that Djibouti is
one of a number of countries in East Africa where there may be an increased
terrorist threat. Due to the preponderance of threat information, the
Department believes it prudent to share this information with American
citizens so they can make an informed decision in deciding whether to travel
to or remain in East Africa.
The Department of State reminds Americans to remain vigilant with regard to
their personal security and to exercise caution. U.S. citizens and
interests abroad remain at risk of terrorist attacks by groups including but
not limited to those with links to Al-Qaeda organizations. Terrorists do not
distinguish between official and civilian targets. Increased security at
official U.S. facilities has led terrorists to seek softer targets such as
residential areas, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, hotels, schools,
outdoor recreation events, resorts, beaches and planes.
U.S. Government facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of alert.
Facilities may temporarily close or suspend public services to review their
security posture and ensure its adequacy. On occasion, the travel of
official personnel at embassies and consulates around the world is
restricted, and these posts may recommend that private American citizens
avoid the same areas if at all possible. Services to American citizens
could be restricted if employees' movements are restricted. In those
instances, U.S. embassies and consulates will make every effort to provide
emergency services to American citizens. American citizens in need of
emergency assistance should telephone the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate
before visiting there for further information.
In addition, U.S. citizens planning to travel to East Africa should consult
the Department's travel information available at the Consular Affairs
Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov.
American citizens overseas may contact the American Citizen Services unit of the
nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate by telephone or fax for up-to-date information
on security conditions.