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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Dakar
May 27, 2020

Event:  Updated Message from U.S. Ambassador to U.S. Citizens in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau

This message retransmits our earlier Alert with an updated link to the Ambassador’s recorded message.

We recognize this has been a challenging period for many of our fellow citizens remaining in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau.  U.S. Ambassador Tulinabo Mushingi has recorded a special message for you regarding the current situation and the U.S. government’s commitment to working with government and public health partners in the region in the fight against COVID-19.

The following information updates information provided in previous Health Alerts. Please continue to monitor our websites for updated information on conditions in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau.

As of May 26, the Government of Senegal had reported 3,161 COVID-19 infections and 37 deaths. See all updates and communiques here: http://www.sante.gouv.sn/

In Senegal, the following measures remain in effect:

  • Daily curfew of 9:00 pm to 5:00 am;
  • Markets may be opened for 6 days and closed for one day for cleaning;
  • Weekly markets may open subject to certain conditions as determined by regional and local authorities;
  • Public transportation limitations eased for farm workers;
  • Mosques and churches may open subject to certain conditions and consultation with Government authorities;
  • Schooling will resume on June 2 only for students in the examination classes (i.e. CM2, Troisieme and Terminal).

Use of face coverings and physical distancing in public, including places of worship, schools, markets, restaurants and other public spaces and businesses, remains mandatory. Use of face coverings in personal vehicles is also required.

At this time, the U.S. Embassy does not anticipate that there will be additional charter flights organized by the Department of State and U.S. Embassy from Dakar to the United States.  Most commercial options remain unavailable.

In the event future charter flights become available, please complete the information in this form for each traveler wishing to depart Senegal. 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 future flights become available.

Given the closure of airports and reduction of flight options worldwide, U.S. citizens remaining in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau should be prepared to remain in place for the foreseeable future.

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.