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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Nairobi (Kenya), Continued Threats to Expatriates

1/10/2012 
 
This message is to remind U.S. citizens residing in or visiting Kenya that the Emergency Message issued on December 1, 2011 regarding security in Kenya is still in effect.  U.S. citizens should report suspicious activity to the U.S Embassy at 20-363-6170 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  The December 1st message is repeated below for your convenience.  
 
“This message is to inform U.S. citizens residing in or visiting Kenya that the U.S. Embassy in Kenya continues to receive information of potential threats directed at prominent Kenyan facilities and areas where foreigners are known to frequently congregate, such as malls and night clubs.  Recent kidnappings, cross-border military actions, and threats of retaliation have also increased security concerns along the land and maritime Kenya-Somalia border.  U.S. citizens planning to visit Kenya are encouraged to exercise caution and to maintain situational awareness at all times, and to especially avoid beaches at night.
 
The U.S. Embassy has restricted travel by U.S. government officials and their dependents to El Wak, Wajir, Garissa, Dadaab, Mandera, Liboi and Lamu.  The U.S. Embassy has also taken measures to limit non-essential U.S. official travel to Kenya.  Although these restrictions do not apply to travelers not associated with the U.S. government, private U.S. citizens should be take these measures into account when planning their travel, and seriously consider deferring travel at this time.  All travel restrictions are reviewed on a regular basis and subject to modification. 
 
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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  For after-hours emergencies, please call +254-(0) 20-363-6170.”
 

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