Information on New Entry Policy at the Consular Section

Security at the Consular Section: All visitors to Embassy facilities are subject to search before entry.  Effective September 23, 2019, no luggage, electronic or photographic equipment is permitted in our waiting room or on other Embassy premises, nor are we able to hold these items for you.  Mobile phones will be held at the gate …

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CONSULAR SERVICES NOTICE

CONSULAR SERVICES NOTICE All visa and American citizen services appointments for Monday, August 12, 2019 have been rescheduled as follows: Non-Immigrant Visas: Friday, August 16, 2019 Immigrant Visas: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 American Citizen Services (non-emergency): Friday, August 16, 2019 Your appointment time does NOT change. All Visa questions: +254 020 7640121/ +254 020 7640799 …

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Security Alert: U. S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya (May 18, 2019) 

Location: Kenya, countrywide Event: Terrorist groups have a history of carrying out attacks during Ramadan. On May 15, the Kenyan Police issued a notice to the public explaining that they have enhanced patrols during this time and intensified security in areas of interest (churches, mosques) countrywide. Actions to Take:  Be aware of your surroundings.  Stay …

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SECURITY ALERT FOR U.S. CITIZENS

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Security Message for U.S. Citizens February 4, 2019 Continue to Exercise Heightened Caution Location: Kenya: Nairobi, Naivasha, Nanyuki, and coastal regions Event: Credible information indicates Westerners may be targeted by extremists in Nairobi, Naivasha, Nanyuki, and coastal areas of Kenya. The U.S. Embassy reminds the public of the continued need for heightened …

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SECURITY ALERT FOR U.S. CITIZENS

SECURITY ALERT FOR U.S. CITIZENS U.S. Embassy Nairobi January 26, 2019  Location: Central Business District, Nairobi Event:  A small explosion has been reported in the vicinity of Nairobi’s Central Business District. Avoid the area and move to a known safe location. Actions to Take: Avoid the area Monitor local media for updates Notify friends and …

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Security Alert: Exercise Sustained Vigilance – U.S. Embassy Nairobi

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Nairobi (January 24, 2019) Location:  Kenya, countrywide Event:  The U.S. Embassy reminds the public of the continued need for sustained vigilance in public spaces such as shopping malls, hotels, and places of worship. Actions to Take: Be aware of your surroundings Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners Have travel …

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SECURITY ALERT UPDATE: 14 Riverside Drive Attack including Dusit

SECURITY ALERT FOR U.S. CITIZENS U.S. Embassy Nairobi January 16, 2019  Location: Dusit2 Hotel, 14 Riverside Drive, Westlands, Nairobi Event:  The Government of Kenya has advised that all terrorists involved in the Dusit2 Hotel attack have been neutralized.  Follow-on security operations are continuing in the Dusit2 Hotel and its vicinity.  Please continue to avoid the …

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SECURITY ALERT: 14 Riverside Drive Attack including Dusit

SECURITY ALERT FOR U.S. CITIZENS U.S. Embassy Nairobi January 15, 2019, 8:15 PM  Location: Dusit Hotel, 14 Riverside Drive, Westlands, Nairobi Event: Security operations by Kenyan authorities in the Dusit Hotel and its vicinity are ongoing.  Please continue to avoid the area and remain in known safe areas. Actions to Take: Avoid the area Monitor local …

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SECURITY ALERT: Dusit Attack

SECURITY ALERT FOR U.S. CITIZENS U.S. Embassy Nairobi January 15, 2019 Location: Dusit Hotel, 14 Riverside Drive, Westlands, Nairobi Event: There are reports of gunfire and explosions in the vicinity of the Dusit II Hotel, in the Westlands neighborhood of Nairobi.  Avoid the area and move or remain in known safe areas until further notice. Actions …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – U. S. Embassy Nairobi (August 21, 2018)

Demonstration Alert: Possible Protest Activity on Wednesday, August 22 Location:  Nairobi and Countrywide Event:  Media reports indicate the possibility of protests scheduled for Wednesday, August 22. Possible protest areas include Nairobi’s Central Business District, Riverside Drive, and other possible areas, including outside Nairobi. Please plan your activities accordingly. Actions to take: Monitor local media for updates Exercise caution if …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Nairobi (August 6, 2018)

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Nairobi (August 6, 2018) 20th Anniversary of U.S. Embassy bombing Location: Kenya, countrywide Event: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 is the 20th anniversary of the bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. Although we have no information on threats associated with the anniversary, we encourage a …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens November 24, 2017

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Security Message for U.S. Citizens November 24, 2017 Precautions for swearing-in ceremony President Uhuru Kenyatta will be sworn in as President of Kenya for a second term on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.  The ceremony will be held at Kansarani Stadium in Nairobi.  Many thousands are expected to attend, including heads of state.  Restrictions on …

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Message for U.S. Citizens

Routine Consular Services Resume Full consular services will resume Tuesday, October 31, 2017.  Appointments for consular services will proceed as scheduled.  Emergency consular services for U.S. citizens continue to be available. U.S. citizens are reminded that rallies, demonstrations and protests may continue during this post-election period.   U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor local news for …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Kenya Election Results

The IEBC is expected to announce results of the October 26 Kenyan presidential election soon, and the announcement may be followed by the formation of large crowds throughout the country.  The U.S. Embassy is limiting its operations until further notice, canceling routine consular services, and has dismissed non-essential personnel.  Emergency consular services for U.S. citizens …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Elections in Western Kenya

United States Embassy Nairobi, Kenya Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Planned Elections in Western Kenya October 27, 2017 Demonstration activity will likely continue today throughout Nairobi and nationwide.  Planned elections in the four western Kenya counties of Migori, Homa Bay, Kisumu and Siaya on Saturday, October 28 may result in additional protests in those counties …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Kenyan Presidential Election on October 26

The Kenyan presidential election is scheduled to be held on Thursday, October 26.  Nationwide protests and demonstrations are planned for that day.  As a precaution, the U.S. Embassy has directed all U.S. citizen employees affiliated with Embassy operations in Kisumu to defer non-essential travel in the Kisumu area from Wednesday, October 25 until further notice. …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Security Message for U.S. Citizens September 14, 2017 Kenya Travel Alert    The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Kenya that Kenya’s Elections Commission has announced that new Presidential elections will be held on October 17, 2017.  This Travel Alert replaces the Travel Alert dated April 6, 2017 and …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Kenyan Election Announcement (August 28, 2017)

Kenyan Election Announcement The Kenyan Supreme Court is expected to announce a decision on the Presidential petition on Friday, September 1.  The announcement may be followed by the formation of large crowds throughout Nairobi and in other areas of Kenya.  We strongly advise that you stay off the streets during the announcement and in the …

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Information Message for U.S. Citizens: Resumption of All Consular Services

The U.S. Embassy will return to normal operations Monday, August 14, 2017.  Please monitor news outlets to remain informed of local developments, and act prudently when moving about. 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 …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Elections Protests

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 …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Kenyan Election Results

The official announcement of the Kenyan presidential election results will likely take place this afternoon, August 11. The announcement may be followed by the formation of large crowds throughout Nairobi and in other areas of Kenya.  We strongly advise that you stay off the streets during the announcement and in the hours following it, and …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens August 10, 2017 Security Preparedness for Announcement of Election Results

United States Embassy Nairobi, Kenya  Security Message for U.S. Citizens August 10, 2017 Security Preparedness for Announcement of Election Results An official announcement of the Kenyan presidential election results will be likely be made within the next four days.  The announcement may occur with little or no notice and may be followed by the formation …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Limited Consular Services

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 …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Preparedness for Final Political Party Rallies this Weekend

United States Embassy Nairobi, Kenya Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Preparedness for Final Political Party Rallies this Weekend August 4, 2017 Political rallies will be held in downtown Nairobi and elsewhere this weekend, August 5-6, marking the end of Kenya’s formal election campaign period, and in advance of the Tuesday, August 8, general election. In …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: August 8 Kenya General Elections

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Security Message for U.S. Citizens: August 8 Kenya General Elections July 24, 2017 Kenya is scheduled to hold elections August 8, 2017. Kenyans will vote for more than 1,800 offices across 47 counties, and campaigning for local and national offices is fully underway. Kenya has experienced some pre-electoral violence in cycles since …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Kenya Travel Alert

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Kenya that general elections are scheduled for August 8, 2017. Candidate selection for national and county offices will take place throughout the country in April, followed by nationwide campaigning. This Travel Alert expires on August 31, 2017. Rallies, demonstrations, and protests may occur with …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increase of Violence in Laikipia, Baringo, and Other Bordering Counties

In recent weeks there has been an increase in violent incidents in some parts of Laikipia, Baringo, and bordering counties related to increased migration of people and livestock across regions of Kenya amid drought conditions. Violent incidents have been sporadic and isolated, but travelers are nevertheless reminded to be alert and maintain personal safety precautions. …

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Personal Safety and Security During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is once again upon us. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to exercise caution and common sense and to practice heightened personal security during the holidays. Historically, there has been a spike in crime during this time of year throughout Kenya, including incidents of pickpocketing, mugging, carjacking, and home invasions. Crime is indiscriminate, …

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Embassy To Reopen on October 31

We are grateful for the ongoing protection provided by the Kenyan police. We are cooperating with Kenyan authorities on the investigation of the incident on Thursday, October 27 and refer all questions about the investigation to them. We will be open to the public for normal operations on Monday, October 31, 2016. Previous message from October 27: …

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Security in Somalia

The U.S. Mission to Somalia reminds U.S. citizens of the U.S. government’s recommendation to avoid all travel to Somalia. The security situation in Somalia remains unstable and dangerous. Terrorist operatives and armed groups in Somalia continue to attack Somali authorities, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), and other non-military targets. Threats to U.S. citizens …

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Travel Warning: Kenya

Kenya Travel Warning The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risk of traveling to Kenya.  U.S. citizens in Kenya, and those considering travel to Kenya, should be aware of continuing and recently heightened threats from terrorism and the high rate of violent crime in some areas.  This replaces the Travel Warning of May …

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Lifting of Certain Travel Restrictions for U.S. Government Personnel Along Kenyan Coast

The U.S. Embassy wishes to inform U.S. citizens that it has lifted its travel restrictions for U.S. government personnel to some parts of the southern Kenyan coast. There are no longer general restrictions on travel to Malindi city in Kilifi County south through Mombasa and Kwale counties to the Tanzanian border. U.S. government personnel are …

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Possible Protest in Nairobi

On September 21 and 22, the KEMRI protests regarding a labor dispute in the Kisumu area proceeded without incident.  An additional protest is possible today, October 2, at KEMRI Headquarters on Mbagathi Way in Nairobi. The protest may start as early as 0800 and may last most of the day. As a result, U.S. government …

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Additional Planned Protest in Kisumu

On Monday, September 21, the Kemri labor protest at their Kisian facilities proceeded without incident.  The U.S. Embassy understands that Kemri staff located at their CRC facilities in Kisumu plan to stage another sit-in protest tomorrow, Tuesday September 22, due to the same labor dispute. The protest may also start as early as 0800 and …

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Planned Protest in Kisumu

The U.S. Embassy understands that Kemri staff located at their Kisian facilities in Kisumu plan to stage a sit-in protest tomorrow, Monday September 21, due to a labor dispute. The protest may start as early as 0800 and may last most of the day. As a result, U.S. government employees who work at that facility …

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Reports of Attack in Garissa

The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi has received reports of an ongoing attack at Moi University, Garissa Campus, in Garissa, Kenya.  According to the reports, there have been explosions and heavy gunfire at the school; hostages have been taken and al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack.  While the city and county of Garissa are currently …

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UPDATE TO WORLDWIDE CAUTION

The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, wishes to inform U.S. citizens enrolled in Kenya and Somalia that the U.S. Department of State has updated the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world.  Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with …

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CIVIL UNREST ALONG CERTAIN BUS AND PUBLIC-SERVICE VEHICLE ROUTES

The U.S. Embassy wishes to inform U.S. citizens about recent incidents of civil unrest – some of which have become violent – that have occurred over the last few days along the Isiolo-Nairobi and Garissa-Nairobi routes used by buses and public-service vehicles, including the towns of Chaka, Karatina, and Mwingi.  The incidents appear to be …

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