Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Dakar

Event:  Update on Delta repatriation flight on June 12 from Dakar to New York City

Delta Airlines will operate a repatriation flight from Dakar (DSS) to New York (JFK) on June 12, 2020.  This is a special commercial repatriation flight for U.S. citizens and residents.

Space on this flight will extremely limited.  U.S. citizens who previously completed the U.S. Embassy’s survey requesting a repatriation flight have been given an opportunity to request tickets from Delta.  We understand that Delta has also received a large volume of requests to exchange existing tickets.   If there are any remaining seats, we expect they will be available for purchase by the end of the week on the internet or via travel agents.  Please note Delta’s Dakar office is working with limited resources due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, and urges your patience in receiving a response to your request.  If you have sent your information and they are able to accomodate your request, they will contact you directly.

In addition to the Delta flight,  Air France operates twice weekly flights from Dakar to Paris.  U.S. citizens may purchase tickets on this flight provided they have onward travel to the United States.   The airport in Paris will not permit travelers to exit the airport, even to reclaim or recheck luggage.  Travelers with onward travel on Air France or a partner carrier, including Delta, may be able to check baggage through to their final destination. Please check directly with the airline for confirmation of policy. Travelers must book the Air France flight from Dakar to Paris directly with Air France, online (https://wwws.airfrance.sn/) or through their local office.

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.

If you are currently located in a region outside of Dakar, under the current State of Emergency declared by the Government of Senegal you must obtain authorization to travel to the airport from your regional government office. Be prepared to provide information about the vehicle and driver you plan to use, as well as a ticket confirmation from Delta.  Because this is not a U.S. Embassy chartered flight and tickets are purchased directly from Delta, the U.S. Embassy will not issue confirmation letters to travelers.  Travelers are responsible for their own transportation arrangements to the airport.

The U.S. Embassy Dakar has suspended all routine consular services, including routine 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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