COVID-19 Information

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Please see the Global Health Alert for more information.

See all U.S. Embassy Dakar Health Alerts.

Potential Repatriation Information:

The Department of State and the U.S. Mission to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau have arranged a special chartered flight for U.S. citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents departing Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport on the morning of April 9, 2020.  The flight will land at the Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.  The U.S. Embassy does not anticipate that there will be additional charter flights after April 9.  Any U.S. citizens wishing to depart Senegal due to the COVID-19 outbreak should strongly consider departing now.

This flight will likely be oversubscribed, but we will continue to collect information from U.S. citizens and residents wishing to depart on this flight until 17:00 on Tuesday, April 7.  Please complete the information in this form for each traveler. You must complete a form for EACH intended traveler, including children and non-U.S. citizen accompanying family members. If you have already submitted this form to provide your information to the U.S. Embassy, you do not need to do so again. We have automatically retained your information and will contact you if we are able to offer you a seat on the April 9 flight.

In general, the flight will be filled in the order that the requests were received; however, the Embassy will prioritize U.S. citizen passengers who are at higher risk of severe illness if exposed to COVID-19 and U.S. citizen minor children and their accompanying parent(s) or escort.  If you wish to inform us of a specific medical condition or other special circumstances, please contact us by email at

All passengers must reimburse the U.S. government for the flight by signing a DS-5528 promissory note prior to boarding.  No cash or credit card payments will be accepted.  You will be responsible for any arrangements or costs (lodging, onward destination or local transportation, etc.) beyond the initial destination of Washington, D.C.  Exact departure time and routing are subject to change.

All passengers must have a valid U.S. passport, I-551 Lawful Permanent Resident card, or valid U.S. visa/ESTA in order to board the flight. All minors under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

Please note that you should not travel if you are currently experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19.  Passengers may be subject to a health screening prior to departure.  All passengers should expect to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival in the United States.

All passengers will be responsible for their own travel to Blaise Diagne International Airport on the day of the flight.  Due to regulations imposed by the Senegalese Government, travel between regions within Senegal is not permitted.  If you are traveling from a region outside of Dakar, you must contact the regional government office of your current location to obtain permission to travel to Dakar.  Permission must also be obtained for the driver of the vehicle.  Confirm all requirements with the regional government office prior to travel and allow ample time. 

Accompanying pets will not be permitted on the chartered flight.

Please do not call the Embassy to confirm receipt of your request; we will contact you if you are confirmed for a seat on this flight.

Country-Specific Information:

  • As of April 3, the Government of Senegal had reported 207 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
  • On March 23, the President of Senegal declared a State of Emergency and announced several new measures to respond to COVID-19 that may affect U.S. citizens in Senegal, including: institution of a daily 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew; increased regulation of the movement of people, vehicles, and goods; prohibition of parades, rallies, and public demonstrations on public roadways; closure of public meeting places; and the prohibition of public or private meetings. The Government of Senegal has authorized the military to enforce these orders.
  • The Government of Senegal has suspended all international air travel (with limited exceptions). The restriction went into effect on March 20 and will last until April 17, 2020.
  • On March 19, the Government of Senegal ordered all mosques in the Dakar region closed until further notice.
  • On March 14, the Government of Senegal announced the following measures in response to COVID-19:
    • 30-day prohibition on large public gatherings, including Senegal’s 60th Independence Day;
    • suspension of all educational instruction, including universities, secondary schools, primary schools, and nursery schools;
    • temporary prohibition on cruise ships to Senegal;
    • enhanced health screening measures at borders and airports; and
    • suspension of the Hajj pilgrimage and all Christian pilgrimages.
  • The U.S. Embassy has suspended all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments and American Citizen Services. We will resume routine consular services as soon as possible but we are unable to provide a specific date at this time.
  • The U.S. Embassy will remain open for emergency American Citizen Services.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • The Government of Senegal has suspended all international air travel (with limited exceptions). The restriction went into effect on March 20 and will last until April 17, 2020.
  • Land borders are closed.

 Quarantine Information:

  • No general quarantine policies are currently in effect.

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