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 a reaction to the earlier al-Shabaab attacks in Mandera and some have occurred near the hometowns of victims of the December 2 quarry attack after the victims’ funerals.  Some incidents included barricades to block buses traveling along those routes, and some culminated in local residents throwing rocks at the buses.  In each instance, Kenyan security forces responded and escorted the vehicles through the affected areas.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to exercise caution when traveling in those areas or along those routes, or when using buses and public-service vehicles.  U.S. citizens are further encouraged to review their personal security plans; remain aware of their surroundings; and monitor local events. 

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Kenya enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. 

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where 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 State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi 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 Kenya_ACS@state.gov.  For after-hours emergencies, please call +254-(0) 20-363-6170.

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