Security Message – Recurring Protests at Dakar Cheikh Anta Diop University June 2017

The U.S. Embassy wishes to inform U.S. citizens that over the past few months there have been a high number of protests originating at and taking place around Dakar Cheikh Anta Diop University.  Senegalese authorities have been responding to the protests quickly and fortunately there has been little to no impact on Embassy Operations. Protests, even if they start to seem routine, should be taken seriously.

The U.S. Embassy reminds everyone to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings at all times and remember the standing guidance to avoid demonstrations and large crowds.  Due to the uncertainty of where and when demonstrations may occur, you are encouraged to exercise caution and are reminded to:

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations are occurring or large crowds gathering.
  • Ensure your cell phone is charged and keep it with you at all times.
  • When travelling by car, keep doors locked and windows rolled up.

Please remember to review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Senegal or Guinea-Bissau enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s website, for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Senegal.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. embassy in Senegal, located on Route des Almadies, at +221 33-879-4000, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +221 33-879-4444.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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