U.S. Department of State Issues Travel Warning for Kenya

Published by January 24, 2013

Travel Insurance Travel Warning KenyaSquaremouth recommends travel insurance for those traveling internationally. Policies available on squaremouth.com may include terrorism and non-medical evacuation coverage. These benefits may be of interest to travelers visiting areas with higher risk of terrorist attacks, and civil or political unrest.

Due to continuing and increasing threats of violence, including terrorist activities, U.S. citizens should evaluate the safety risk in traveling to this region. Although the Embassy continues to monitor the security situation, travelers should be aware of their surroundings at all times.

Suicide operations, bombings, kidnappings and other attacks are common both on land and at sea. These attacks have occurred in Dadaab, Wajir, Garissa, Mombasa and Nairobi. Targets have included police stations, nightclubs, churches, small shops and bus stations. Kenyan law enforcement have attempted to disrupt terrorist behavior and have discovered weapons and other dangerous materials in the process.

Because of these circumstances, U.S. government employees are prohibited from traveling to the North Eastern Province. Their ability to assist U.S. citizens may be limited. U.S. citizens should be particularly aware of their personal security in public, especially in crowded areas and at night.

The Department of State recommends travelers only visit well-known tourist areas during daylight hours, avoid wearing jewelry that attracts attention and carry minimal amounts of cash.

Travelers can consult the Department of State website to stay up-to-date on country-specific information for Kenya. Additionally, they may enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).