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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nairobi (Kenya), Limited Consular Services

Africa > Kenya > Nairobi

On August 9, most major population centers in Kenya appear largely calm following the August 8 general election.  Due to possible transportation disruptions, however, routine consular services may be limited.  Emergency consular services for U.S. citizens will continue to be available. 

We recommend you exercise caution if on the streets and that you remain off the streets, if possible.  Avoid areas of gatherings and demonstrations, and exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of any such events.  Rallies, demonstrations, and protests may occur with little notice, and even those intended to be peaceful can escalate into violence.  As with all large events, there is also the opportunity for criminal elements or terrorists to target participants and visitors.  Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, and monitor local news for updates.  Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further information:

U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Nairobi should enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at https://step.state.gov.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in an emergency.

Regularly monitor the State Department's Consular Affairs website, https://travel.state.gov.  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 website.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries for information on travel advisories for countries around the world.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  In addition, you’ll find useful and up-to-date information for American travelers and foreign visa applicants on the State Department’s Consular Affairs’ twitter feed, https://twitter.com/travelgov, and Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/travelgov.  And don’t forget U.S. Embassy Nairobi’s social media platforms!  Our twitter feed is at https://twitter.com/USEmbassyKenya, and our Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/U.S.EmbassyNairobi.