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Security Alert for U.S. Citizens (February 16, 2023)
February 16, 2023

Security Alert for U.S. Citizens


Security Alert for U.S. Citizens
February 16, 2023

Location:  Kenya, designated areas

Event: The government of Kenya has announced the deployment of additional security elements in the six Rift Valley counties listed below to address threats to security, public order, and safety.

 1. TURKANA COUNTY – Turkana South, Turkana East and Loima Sub-counties

2. WEST POKOT COUNTY – Pokot North and Sigor Sub-counties (along the river Turkwel Escarpment)

3. ELGEYO MARAKWET COUNTY – Marakwet East and Marakwet West Sub-counties

4. BARINGO COUNTY – Mukutani, Muchongoi, Bartabwa, Tiaty East and Tiaty West Sub-counties

5. LAIKIPIA COUNTY – Olmoran, Ng’arua, and Mukogodo Divisions

6. SAMBURU COUNTY – Loroki and Kirisia Divisions

 The Kenyan Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government issued Public Order No. 1 of 2023 imposing a 30-day nighttime curfew in these areas. Per the Order, there shall not be public gatherings or travel in these areas from dusk to dawn.

 The Kenyan government’s press release on Public Order No. 1 of 2023 is available here.

 U.S. government personnel are restricted from traveling through the areas on this public order.


Actions to Take:

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities to observe curfew hours in Public Order No. 1 of 2023 if you are in these areas.
  • Report any suspicious activities or security incidents to local police.
  • Review the Traveler’s Checklist to establish a contingency plan for emergencies.
  • Monitor media and local event information sources and factor updated information into your travel plans.


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+254 (0) 20 363 6451

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