Event: Enforcement of COVID-19 Prevention Measures in Senegal

Event: Enforcement of COVID-19 Prevention Measures in Senegal

On August 7, the Government of Senegal announced stricter enforcement of existing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including: the prohibition of gatherings in public spaces, including beaches; a prohibition on all demonstrations on public highways; mandatory use of facial coverings; and social distancing requirements on public transport. Violators may be subject to fines and potentially one month of jail time.

Use of facial coverings is now required in all public spaces and on public transportation.  Face coverings must be worn in taxis, markets, supermarkets, and office buildings.  Expect this requirement at all local businesses. 

We encourage all U.S. citizens in Senegal to verify that their U.S. passport remains valid.  If your U.S. passport has expired and you have an emergency need to travel, please email DakarACS@state.gov to make arrangements to apply for an emergency passport. Please note, all application, fee, and documentation requirements remain the same.  Please consult the U.S. Embassy website for details.

The U.S. Embassy Dakar remains closed for all routine consular services, including visa and American Citizen Services.  Monitor our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Senegal.  The U.S. Embassy remains open for emergency American Citizen Services, please contact us by email at DakarACS@state.gov.     

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