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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

October 1, 2011

This is to inform American citizens resident in or planning travel to Kenya that on October 1, 2011 a French national was kidnapped from a private residence on the popular tourist destination of Lamu Island on Kenya’s north coast. This follows the kidnapping and murder, respectively, of a British national wife and husband on September 10, 2011 at a coastal resort 30 kilometers north of Lamu Island.  Non-essential U.S. Government travel to the entire Lamu County is suspended until November 1, 2011.  On that date, the security situation will be reevaluated.  U.S. Citizens are strongly encouraged to consider this information when planning travel to Lamu Island and Lamu County.  Americans currently in Lamu should remain vigilant of their personal security.

If you are going to live in or travel to Kenya, please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.  It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency.  You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date.  It is important during enrollment or updating of information to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Nairobi website.  You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warning, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.  If you don't have internet access, current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States, or for callers from other countries, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).   

You can also download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya is located on United Nations Avenue Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya , tel. +254-20-363-6000.  The Consular Section of the Embassy may be reached at tel. +254(0)20-363-6622 or via email at .  For after-hours emergencies, please call +254-(0) 20-363-6170.