Travel advisory for US citizens: May 27, 2022

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Travel advisory: Kenya level 2, heightened caution

AMERICAN EMBASSY NAIROBI

Travel advisory for US citizens

May 27, 2022

Travel advisory: Kenya level 2, heightened caution

Take extra care in Kenya due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest and kidnappings. Some areas are at increased risk. Read the full travel advisory.

Do not travel to:

  • border counties between Kenya and Somalia and some coastal areas due to terrorism and kidnapping.
  • Areas of Turkana County due to criminality.

Reconsider travel to:

  • Eastleigh and Kibera areas of Nairobi at any time due to crime and kidnapping. Be especially careful when traveling after dark anywhere in Kenya due to crime.

Country Summary: Violent crimes, such as armed carjacking, assault, home invasion and kidnapping, can happen at any time. Local police are willing but often lack the capacity to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents and terrorist attacks. Emergency medical and fire services are also limited.

Terrorist attacks have taken place with little or no warning, targeting Kenyan and foreign government facilities, tourist locations, transport hubs, hotels, resorts, markets/malls and places of worship. Terrorist acts include armed assaults, suicide bombings, grenade attacks and kidnappings.

Protests can take place, blocking key intersections and causing widespread traffic jams. Strikes and other protest activities related to political and economic conditions occur regularly, especially in the periods close to elections. Violence associated with protests, ranging from rock-throwing to the use of lethal force by police, occurs across the country; it is most noticeable in western Kenya and Nairobi.

Due to risks to civil aviation operating near the Kenya-Somalia border, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Air Mission (NOTAM). For more information, US citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration Prohibitions, Restrictions and Advisories.

Some schools and other facilities acting as cultural rehabilitation centers operate in Kenya with inadequate or non-existent licensing and supervision. Reports of minors and young adults being held in these facilities against their will and subjected to physical abuse are frequent.

Read the country information page for more information on traveling to Kenya.

The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that Kenya has a low level of COVID-19. Visit the CDC page for the latest travel health information related to your trip.

If you decide to travel to Kenya:

Border counties and coastal areas between Kenya and Somalia – Level 4: Do not travel

Due to terrorism concerns, U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling to the following border counties and coastal areas between Kenya and Somalia:

Border counties between Kenya and Somalia:

  • Mandera due to kidnappings and terrorism.
  • Wajir due to kidnappings and terrorism.
  • Garissa due to kidnappings and terrorism.

Coastal areas:

  • Tana River County due to kidnappings and terrorism.
  • Lamu County due to kidnappings and terrorism.
  • Areas of Kilifi County north of Malindi due to kidnappings and terrorism.

Turkana County – Level 4: Do not travel

  • Road from Kainuk to Lodwar due to crime and armed robbery, which occurs frequently.

Eastleigh and Kibera neighborhoods in Nairobi – Tier 3: Reconsider travel

Violent crimes, such as armed carjackings, assaults, home invasions and kidnappings, can happen at any time. Street crimes may involve multiple armed attackers. Local police often lack the resources and training to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.

Consider carefully whether to use the Likoni ferry in Mombasa for safety reasons.

Visit our website for travel to high risk areas.

Assistance:

  • U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya

United Nations Avenue, Gigiri

+254 (0) 20 363 6451

US Citizen Services – U.S. Embassy in Kenya (usembassy.gov)

  • 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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