July 23, 2010
This Travel Alert is being issued to alert U.S. citizens in Kenya to two independent security concerns. In the wake of the July 11, 2010 terrorist bombings in Kampala, Uganda, there have been increased threats made against public areas in Kenya. In addition, there is concern about the potential for civil disturbances surrounding the August 4 constitutional referendum in Kenya. The U.S. Embassy urges caution when visiting public areas, including restaurants and shopping centers, and asks U.S. citizens to make every effort to
avoid public rallies and demonstrations. The U.S. Embassy continues to urge U.S. citizens in Kenya and those considering travel to Kenya to evaluate their personal security situation in light of continuing threats from terrorism and the high rate of violent crime. This Travel Alert is in addition to the March 16, 2010 Travel Warning and does not supersede it. This Travel Alert will expire on October 22, 2010.
Since the July 11 bombings in Uganda, for which the Somalia-based, U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization al-Shabaab terrorist group has claimed responsibility, there have been increased threats against public areas across East Africa. U.S. citizens should make every effort to increase personal safety, such as visiting businesses during off-peak hours, avoiding areas with large crowds, and remaining vigilant when visiting restaurants, shopping centers, or other areas frequented by the general public.
While the U.S. Embassy hopes for a peaceful August 4 constitutional referendum with high voter turnout, it recognizes that past elections in Kenya have been marred by violence. The U.S. Embassy has requested that all non-essential official visitors to the mission defer travel to Kenya from July 28 to August 11, 2010. During this timeframe, U.S. citizens in Kenya should take increased security measures, avoid public events related to the referendum, and be particularly cautious of events held immediately following the announcement of the election result. Demonstrations are unpredictable, can become violent, and should be avoided if at all possible.
U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy Nairobi's website and the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found. The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review "A Safe Trip Abroad," which includes valuable security information for those living and traveling abroad. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or, outside the United States and Canada, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.
For after-hours emergencies in Kenya, please call +254-(0)20-363-6170U.S. Embassy Nairobi
UN Avenue, Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya
American Citizen Services Unit
U.S. Embassy Nairobi
Emergency Telephone Number: +254-(0)20-363-6622