Friday, March 19, 2010

State Department Travel Warning for Kenya

KENYA

March 16, 2010

"The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Kenya...

The U.S. Government continues to receive indications of potential terrorist threats aimed at U.S., Western, and Kenyan interests in Kenya...
 
Travelers should consult the Worldwide Caution for further information and details...

The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi has designated a portion of Kenya bordering Somalia and Ethiopia as “restricted without prior authorization” for purposes of travel by U.S. Government employees, contractors, grantees, and their dependents. Travelers should be aware that U.S. Embassy security personnel recently expanded the restricted area to include the Lamu district. This designation is based on reports of Somali-based armed groups that have on occasion crossed into Kenya to stage attacks or to commit crimes. This restriction does not apply to travelers not associated with the U.S. Government, but should be taken into account when planning travel. The restriction is in effect for the following areas:

All of Mandera District.

The entire area north and east of the town of Wajir, including travel on Highway C80 and areas east of C80 and an 80-kilometer wide band contiguous with the Somalia border. Travel to and within the towns of Wajir and Moyale remains unrestricted.

Within Garissa District, an 80-kilometer wide band contiguous with the Somalia border. Travel to and within the town of Dadaab remains unrestricted.

Within Ijara District, an 80-kilometer wide band contiguous with the Somalia border; Boni National Reserve.

Within Lamu District, a 60-kilometer wide band contiguous with the Somalia border. Towns and resorts within/contiguous to the Kiunga Marine Reserve are now included in the restricted area...

As recently as February 2010, U.S. nationals were victims of carjackings...
 
U.S. citizens who travel to or reside in Kenya are encouraged to register through the State Department’s travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov. By registering, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency. U.S. citizens without Internet access may register directly with the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. The U.S. Embassy is located on United Nations Avenue, Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya; telephone (254) (20) 363-6000; fax (254) (20) 363-6410. In the event of an after-hours emergency, the Embassy duty officer may be contacted at (254) (20) 363-6000. The Embassy home page is http://kenya.usembassy.gov.

Updated information on travel and security in Kenya may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. In conjunction with this Travel Warning, U.S. citizens traveling to Kenya should also consult the Country Specific Information for Kenya and the Worldwide Caution, which are available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website at http://travel.state.gov."

Read the complete Warning: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_923.html

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