Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Dakar

Location:  Senegal (countrywide)

Event:  The Government of Senegal had reported 105 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Senegal

As of March 26, the Ministry of Health had reported 105 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Senegal, and the Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  We recognize this has been a challenging period for many of our fellow Americans, particularly those of you seeking to depart Senegal after the suspension of international flights from the airport in Dakar.

The U.S. Embassy is not aware of any future commercial flights to the United States during the Government of Senegal’s declared suspension of travel. The Department of State is exploring potential options to organize a charter flight for U.S. citizens from Senegal.  In the event that opportunity becomes available, we are asking you to inform us of your desire to return to the United States.

Please complete this form to provide your information to the U.S. Embassy in Dakar.  If you have already supplied the U.S. Embassy with the information requested on the form, it is not necessary to provide it again.

In the event a repatriation flight became available, we would provide you with logistical information including the departure date, destination in the United States, and cost per seat.  It is important to note that these seats are traditionally offered at-charge on a first-come, first-serve basis to U.S. citizens and, space permitting, for qualifying non-citizen dependents.  Private U.S. citizens seeking to depart would be required to sign a promissory note agreeing to repay the cost of the flight to the U.S. government after their return to the United States.

Any potential repatriation flight would depart from the Blaise Diagne International Airport (DSS) near Dakar.  The current State of Emergency in Senegal requires travelers between regions to obtain permission from regional governors, and the number of passengers permitted in public ground transport is limited.  All travelers must arrange their own transportation to the airport, and those outside of Dakar must also obtain their own permission to travel to the airport in Dakar from regional authorities.

If you have trouble submitting the form, please send an email to DakarACS@state.gov with the subject line “Return Travel to the U.S.”  Please include the following information for each U.S. citizen or U.S. legal permanent resident guardian accompanying minor children in your family or group:

  • Full name as it appears on your passport
  • Citizenship (only for Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S.)
  • Date of birth
  • Passport number
  • Date of passport issuance and expiration
  • Email address and contact phone number
  • Current location

Interested parties should also verify that their passports and other documentation are current and valid for at least six months from today’s date.  For emergency American Citizen Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information at  https://sn.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/.

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