Kenya Travel Warning
Issued by U.S. Department of State
Dec 24, 2002
This Public Announcement is being updated to provide additional information
regarding potential terrorist activities in Kenya. It also reiterates the
Department of State's continuing concern about the possible heightened risks
to American citizens and interests in Kenya. This Public Announcement
expires 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. These incidents have highlighted the continuing threat
posed by terrorism in East Africa and the capacity of terrorist groups to
carry out attacks. U.S. citizens should be aware of the risk of
indiscriminate attacks on civilian targets in public places including
tourist sites and other sites where westerners are known to congregate.
American citizens in Kenya should remain vigilant, particularly in public
places frequented by foreigners, such as hotels and shopping malls, and
should also avoid demonstrations and large crowds. In particular, there is
an increased threat against westerners in the capital, Nairobi. Americans
planning to travel to Kenya are encouraged to contact the consular section
at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi (tel. 254-2-537-800) before departure.
Americans should closely monitor the Department's website at
additional information on travel to Kenya, please consult the Department of
State's latest Consular Information Sheet for Kenya. Travelers should also
review the Department's Worldwide Caution Public Announcement.