The US Department of State has issued a travel warning for Kenya. The Learning Abroad Center has obtained approval from the University of Minnesota's International Travel Risk Assessment & Advisory Committee (ITRAAC) for the MSID—Kenya program. This program is reviewed twice a year by ITRAAC.
All Students on the Program Must
- Review the Travel Warning and Country Specific Information for Kenya and follow the advice and safety recommendations contained within.
- Receive CISI insurance coverage for the duration of the program.
- Carry a cell phone and the contact details for on-site staff, University of Minnesota, and emergency contacts in the US, CISI, and the US embassy with them at all times.
- Confirm the emergency communication plan, 24-7 departmental contacts and details with the Learning Abroad Center and on-site program staff.
- Remain in close contact with the Learning Abroad Center and on-site program staff during their time abroad.
- Follow all US Department of State and embassy warning and security messages as well as University of Minnesota, on-site staff and local government recommendations including, but not limited to, those indicating that Americans should avoid areas of a city, country or regions as a result of demonstrations, offensives or threats on specific dates and during specific times.
- Not travel to the Nairobi neighborhood of Eastleigh; the area of Kilifi County from Malindi north; the coastal counties of Tana River and Lamu; and the northeastern Kenyan counties of Mandera, Wajir, and Garissa. Using the Likoni ferry in Mombasa is not allowed and Mombasa's Old Town in Mombasa is allowed only during daylight hours.
- Exercise special caution during times when demonstrations are announced, avoid areas where demonstrations are occurring or crowds are forming.
- Be extremely vigilant with regard to their personal security, particularly in crowded public places such as clubs, hotels, resorts, shopping centers, restaurants, bus stations, and places of worship, and remain alert in residential areas, at schools, and at outdoor recreational events.
- Maintain a low profile.
- Avoid crowded transportation venues.
- Use only well-marked taxis and be sure to lock vehicle doors and keep windows up.
- Practice good personal security when moving about and adhere to local cultural expectations of behavior and dress.
- Check conditions and monitor local media reports before traveling to the rural areas of the country.
- Not walk or travel alone under any circumstance, but especially after dark.
- Not drive motor vehicles including but not limited to scooters, motorbikes, motorcycles and cars.
- Lock all lodging doors and windows.
- Avoid carrying large sums of cash or wearing expensive looking jewelry.
- Not resist or antagonize armed criminals.
- Be cautious of unattended baggage in public places, including airports and bus depot.
- Be aware of and comply with the university policies regarding education abroad. Refer to GPS Alliance's Travel Approval page.
Students, parents and international educators can email Ellen Reid or call 612.626.7134 if they have questions or concerns about safety on the Kenya program.
University of Minnesota students not participating in the MSID-Kenya program, or the Empowering Girls through Sport program, and who are applying for Affiliated programs in Kenya must submit an Individual Application to ITRAAC for approval. University of Minnesota colleges and departments travelling to Kenya with students must submit a Unit Application to ITRAAC for approval.