Kenyans in Distress

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The Mission assists Kenyans in distress in the following ways:

  1. Notifies the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on all cases of distressed Kenyans reported to the Mission.
  2. Seeks consent from the relevant authorities in order to provide consular assistance or visit incarcerated nationals if necessary.
  3. In case of death, facilitates the bereaved family to get in touch with a reputable Funeral Director/Undertaker.
  4. Provides information/updates to all Kenyans during crises, such as civil unrest, natural disasters/ epidemics.
  5. In cases of arrest, judicial custody or imprisonment, the Mission MAY assist in recommending legal counsellors if necessary.
  6. Monitors the situation involving the distressed Kenyan and provide updates to the family and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  7. Issues a one-way Emergency Travel Document (ETD) in case of a lost, Mutilated/damaged, or expired passport, upon application.

The Kenya High Commission does not assist in the following:

  1. Provide financial assistance for detained or stranded Kenyans.
  2. Act contrary to the law of the host country.
  3. Pay hotel or hospital bills, fines or bail or any other expenses incurred.
  4. Give any guarantees or make financial commitments.
  5. Interfere with the legal proceedings or influence the local judicial power to grant release.
  6. Provide legal advice on behalf of the accused Kenyan citizen.
  7. Store luggage or valuables.
  8. Provide travel agency, banking, postal or money changing services.
  9. Negotiate for special treatment, bail, or early release from prison.

Punishments for some crimes in India and countries of accreditation can be very severe. For example, trafficking of Miraa to India is an offence punishable under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act, 1985. Similarly, uttering words or gestures intended to insult the modesty of a woman are classified as sexual offences and can result in imprisonment of up to one year. The sheer volume  of cases handled by Indian Courts, make pre-trial processes take a very long time to conclude.

Kenyans residing or visiting India and countries of accreditation MUST follow the Host Country’ laws and regulations. In addition, it is important to maintain valid immigration status at all times and also to register with the Mission in case of any eventualities.

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