Traffic Patterns and Potential Road Closures

The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the Kenyan Police Service has publicly announced that a number of roads will be closed in Nairobi at various times during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and the visit of President Barack Obama, which are scheduled for July 24 to July 26. The road closures will significantly disrupt routine traffic patterns throughout the city and will have the most impact within the areas surrounding Westlands, the Central Business District, and Kasarani.

Although precise details have not been released, the following road closures are expected:

  • On Friday, June 24, starting at 2:00 p.m., portions of Waiyaki Way, Chiromo Road, and Museum Hill will be closed until late evening. Police checks points will also be established near the U.S. Embassy and the United Nations compound that will restrict vehicle access on UN Avenue to official vehicles.
  • On Saturday, June 25, portions of Haile Selassie Avenue, Moi Avenue, Limuru Road, and Landhies Road will be closed throughout the day.
  • On Sunday, June 26, portions of Waiyaki Way, Limuru Road, Thika Road, and roads in the vicinity of Moi International Sports Centre Stadium will be closed throughout the day.

U.S. citizens are advised to expect traffic delays and, when possible, to consider carpooling or allowing extra time for travel in and around Nairobi.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution,Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Kenya Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Kenya, located on United Nations Avenue, Nairobi, at +254 (0) 20 363 6451 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Friday, or by email at Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +254 (0) 20 363 6170.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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