U.S. Embassy to Nairobi, Kenya Security Alert

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There is an increased risk of terrorism and criminal activity during the holidays in Kenya.  There is also a heightened risk of armed robbery, assault, and kidnapping.  Travelers to Kenya are sometimes perceived to have gifts or large amounts of cash.  Threats posed by terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology exist throughout Kenya.  Extremists continue to focus on locations such as shopping centers, airports, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, street markets, and other public venues frequented by Westerners.

Actions to Take: 

  • Exercise additional vigilance throughout the holiday season and at holiday events.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Use caution when driving at night and avoid walking after dark.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners.
  • Keep a low profile.



U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya
+254 (0) 20 363 6451
+254 (0) 20 363 6170 (after hours)

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Kenya Country Information

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