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 monitor local news for updated information.

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  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,  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,, and Facebook page,  And don’t forget U.S. Embassy Nairobi’s social media platforms!  Our twitter feed is at, and our Facebook page is at

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