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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Dakar, Senegal (March 16, 2020)
March 17, 2020

Location:  Senegal

Event:  As of March 16, the Government of Senegal had announced 26 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country. The Government of Senegal has activated a public health emergency operations center (PHEOC) and incident command system.

The government of Senegal has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Visit the website of the Senegalese Ministry of Health for additional information on these new measures.

On March 14, the government of Senegal implemented the following measures:

  • 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.

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.

The U.S. Embassy will remain open for routine and emergency American Citizen Services, but has suspended most routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments indefinitely. We will update our webpage for information on COVID-19 conditions in Senegal as the situation develops.

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