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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nairobi (Kenya), Incident at JKIA

Africa > Kenya > Nairobi

In light of several recent small Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and grenade attacks in various locations throughout Kenya (Nairobi, Diani, Mombasa, and yesterday at a JKIA airport restaurant), the Embassy wishes to remind U.S. citizens of the continued threat of potential terrorist attacks in the country.  Targets for these attacks could include nightclubs, shopping malls, transportation hubs, religious institutions, government offices or public transportation.  Continue to exercise caution when traveling in the country, maintain situational awareness, and practice good habits surrounding personal security. 

All U.S. citizens in Kenya are urged to register online at the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Registering gives U.S. citizens access to updated information on travel and security within Kenya and makes it easier for the Embassy to contact citizens in case of emergency.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the website of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. 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 for Kenya, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information. Follow us on Twitter and the ACS Nairobi page on Facebook as well, or you can download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes, and the Google Play store, to have travel information at your fingertips. 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 and Canada, 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).

The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya 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