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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Precautions during the World Cup (June 5, 2014)


Security Message for U.S. Citizens

June 5, 2014


The U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens to exercise caution when attending large viewing establishments that may attract large crowds during the 2014 World Cup (taking place in Brazil), which begins June 12 and ends on July 13. During the 2010 World Cup, twin bombings in the Ugandan Capital of Kampala killed over 70 at football viewing events.

U.S. Embassy Nairobi wishes to remind U.S. citizens of the continued threat of potential terrorist attacks in the country.  The targets for these attacks could include hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, shopping malls, diplomatic missions, transportation hubs, religious institutions, government offices, or public transportation.  The Embassy also wishes to remind U.S. citizens that crime is rampant, indiscriminant, at times violent, and happens in all parts of Kenya. 

U.S. citizens should continue to review their personal security plans; remain aware of their surroundings; and monitor local events.  Please maintain a high level of vigilance at all times and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.  

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Nairobi enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.Gov.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning for Kenya, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Kenya.  For additional information, refer to “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website. 

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App through iTunes, and the Google Play store, to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi is located on United Nations Avenue Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya , tel. +254-20-363-6000. You can contact the Consular Section of the Embassy by phone at +254(0)20-363-6451 or via email at  For after-hours emergencies, please call +254-(0) 20-363-6170

Providing Assistance to American Citizens is our Top Priority!