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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nairobi (Kenya), Elections Protests

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Following the August 11 announcement of the Presidential election results, sporadic protests, some becoming violent, have been reported.  Demonstrations and road blockages have occurred in some areas of Kisumu and the areas of Kibira and Mathere in Nairobi.  Expect continued demonstrations August 12 in these areas and in other parts of downtown Nairobi.  Crowds may form quickly and become violent without warning.  We strongly advise you to limit your movements to nearby locations known to be safe.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations 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.

The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi is located on United Nations Avenue Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya, tel. +254-20-363-6000. The Embassy’s website is at https://ke.usembassy.gov.  You can contact the Consular Section of the Embassy by phone at +254(0)20-363-6451 or via email at Kenya_ACS@state.gov.  For after-hours emergencies, please call +254-(0) 20-363-6170.