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Statement on Nairobi Attack

The Office of International Health and Safety is closely monitoring the security situation in Nairobi, Kenya in the wake of the recent terrorist attack on the Dusit2 Hotel in the Riverside complex in the Westlands neighborhood. No MSU travelers were impacted by this tragic event.

We encourage all travelers planning to visit Kenya to be mindful of the health, safety, and security risks present in Kenya and take appropriate precautions. For more information and for travel health, safety, and security recommendations please review the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory for Kenya (available online) and the recently re-issued U.S. Department of State Worldwide Caution message (pasted below and available online).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of International Health and Safety at oihs(at)msu.edu. Our partner International SOS also offers medical and security consultations for those planning travel and is available 24/7 to respond to health and safety issues during travel. They can be reached at their 24/7 Dedicated Scholastic Assistance Line: +1-215-942-8478. MSU faculty, staff, and students may also access the latest health, safety, and security information at www.internationalsos.com. All travelers are encouraged to download the International SOS phone app and to register for International SOS travel alerts. If you need any assistance with logging in to International SOS, please contact us.

Wishing you safe and productive travels,

Office of International Health and Safety
Michigan State University
International Studies and Programs
427 N Shaw Lane, Room 308

Email: oihs(at)msu.edu
Tel.: +1-517-884-2174
(Office Hours Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm ET)

International SOS 24/7 Scholastic Assistance Line: +1-215-942-8478
MSU 24/7 International Emergency Assistance: +1-517-353-3784
www.oihs.msu.edu

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Worldwide Caution

Updated January 15, 2019

This latest update to the Department of State's Worldwide Caution provides U.S. citizens with general information regarding terrorist activities, political violence and criminal activity that transpire abroad, as well as specific recommendations on how to prepare for possible contingencies, receive information on breaking security events and ensure that travelers can be contacted in an emergency. This version replaces the Worldwide Caution dated July 2, 2018.

As terrorist attacks, political violence (including demonstrations), criminal activities and other security incidents often take place without any warning, U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness when traveling abroad. When planning a trip and prior to departing the United States, U.S. citizens should consult country specific Travel Advisories and information pages on travel.state.gov.

Travelers are also urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and to make it easier to locate you in an emergency. The Department uses these security messages to convey information about terrorist threats, security incidents, planned demonstrations, natural disasters, etc. In an emergency, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate or call the following numbers: 1 (888) 407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1 (202) 501-4444 from other countries.

U.S. government facilities worldwide actively monitor potential security threats and may temporarily close or periodically suspend public services to assess their security posture. In those instances, U.S. embassies and consulates will make every effort to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens abroad are urged to monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate.

Terrorist groups including ISIS, al-Qa'ida, their associates, and those inspired by such organizations, are intent on attacking U.S. citizens wherever they are. Extremists may use conventional or non-conventional weapons to target U.S. government and private interests. Terrorists are increasingly using less sophisticated methods, including edged weapons, pistols and vehicles, as weapons to effectively target crowds. Extremists increasingly aim to identify and attack "soft" targets, such as:

  • high-profile public events (sporting contests, political rallies, demonstrations, holiday events, celebratory gatherings, etc.)
  • hotels, clubs and restaurants
  • places of worship
  • schools
  • parks
  • shopping malls and markets
  • tourism infrastructure and tourist sites
  • public transportation systems
  • airports

In multiple regions, terrorists, guerrilla groups and criminals seek to kidnap U.S. citizens to finance their operations or for political purposes. The Department also remains concerned that terrorists could again seek to down aircraft using concealed explosives or hijack commercial flights.

Private U.S. citizens should not travel to any country to participate in armed conflict. U.S. citizens are reminded that fighting on behalf of, or providing other forms of support to, designated terrorist organizations can constitute the provision of material support for terrorism, which is a serious crime that can result in penalties, including prison time and large fines.

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