Security Alert for US Citizens August 2, 2022


Security Alert for US Citizens August 2, 2022 Kenya General Elections


Security Alert for US Citizens

August 2, 2022

General elections in Kenya

Location: Kenya, Nationwide

Kenya is due to hold elections on August 9, 2022. The campaign for local and national offices is ongoing. Kenya has periodically experienced pre-election violence during election cycles.

Election-related protests and rallies regularly take place in the run-up to elections and are expected to continue, at times blocking key intersections and causing traffic jams. Demonstrations can sometimes be violent, requiring police intervention. Strikes and other protest activities related to economic conditions occur regularly.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Embassy has imposed movement restrictions on staff in Kisumu. The Department of State reminds American citizens of the continued need for continued vigilance.

Actions to take:

  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Avoid the crowds.
  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Be vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
  • Do not show signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewelry or watches.
  • Review your personal safety plans.
  • Have up-to-date and easily accessible travel documents.
  • Carry proper identification, including a copy of the biographical page of your US passport with a copy of a valid Kenyan visa.


  • U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya

United Nations Avenue, Gigiri+254 (0) 20 363 6451

US Citizen Services – U.S. Embassy in Kenya (

  • Department of State – Consular Affairs

+1-888-407-4747 for calls from the US or Canada

+1-202-501-4444 for calls from abroad (Kenya)

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