Message from the High Commissioner


On behalf of the Government of Canada I am pleased to welcome you to the website of the High Commission of Canada in Nairobi.

In Kenya, Canada is represented by the High Commission in Nairobi which is Canada’s largest mission in Africa. I am honoured to be representing Canada as the High Commissioner to the Republic of Kenya and Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and to the United Nations Habitat Programme.  A highly dedicated team of Canadian Diplomatic and Locally-Engaged Staff delivers programs in the areas of political and economic relations, public affairs, immigration processing and visa services, consular, development cooperation, trade and business development and defence and security cooperation. Our activities in the region are supported and complemented by our office in Kigali (Rwanda) and our Honorary Consul offices in Bujumbura (Burundi) and Kampala (Uganda).

Canada and Kenya enjoy excellent cooperation and friendship founded on shared interests, particularly regional security, a well-established trade relationship as well as bilateral development programs in Kenya addressing Canada’s thematic development priorities. Our engagement is broad, but at the same time, holds great promise for further growth.

As you go through this website, I hope it will assist you in learning more about Canada’s various activities in Kenya and our other countries of accreditation - Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda. You will find answers to questions you may have on travelling to Canada or visiting our countries of accreditation, studying in Canada, doing business with Canadian companies and Canadian development assistance in the region.

I would urge you to keep abreast of Canada’s Travel Advisories and Travel Reports for the countries in which you reside and travel. Further information on Canada’s Travel Advisories and Travel Reports can be found at:

If you are a Canadian resident in or visiting Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia or Uganda, please take a moment to register online using the Registration of Canadians Abroad (ROCA) webpage, or by coming to the High Commission of Canada in Nairobi, or any of our offices in Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda to provide coordinates should we need to contact you in case of an emergency.

I hope that you find this website useful and informative and I encourage you to explore the links for more detailed information on the range of services we provide.

Yours sincerely,

H. E. Ms. Sara Hradecky,
High Commissioner of Canada to Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda
Canada’s Ambassador to Somalia, and Ambassador-Designate to Burundi and
Permanent Representative to UNEP and UN-Habitat


Sara Hradecky (BA [International Affairs], Carleton University, 1981; MA [International Affairs], Carleton University, 1983; MSc [Aeronautical Science], Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2004) joined Canada’s Department of External Affairs in 1983 and has since served abroad in Canadian Embassies in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Belgrade, Yugoslavia and Tel Aviv, Israel. She also served as Canada’s first Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

At Headquarters, she has served as Director, International Financing, and as Director General, International Business Development Policy and Innovation. Ms. Hradecky was Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (2006 to 2009) and Assistant Deputy Minister of the Afghanistan Task Force in the Privy Council Office (2009 to 2011). Ms. Hradecky was Ambassador to Mexico (2011 to 2015) and was appointed Canada’s High Commissioner to Kenya in September, presenting her credentials to H. E. President Uhuru Kenyatta on September 7th, 2016; to UNON’s Director General H. E. Sahle-Work Zewde on October 31, 2016, to Rwanda’s President H. E. Paul Kagame on January 23, 2017; to Somalia’s President H.E. Mohamed A. Mohamed on June 6, 2017 and to Uganda’s President H. E. Yoweri Museveni on June 13, 2017..