Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Awareness

In light of recent attacks on international travelers in Burkina Faso and Mali and the State Department’s Travel Warning for Burkina Faso, U.S. Embassy Dakar reiterates the importance of practicing good security habits.

The U.S. Embassy continues to encourage U.S. citizens to:

  • Be aware of your surroundings, exercise caution, and be vigilant when frequenting popular tourist destinations, crowded public areas, and hotels, especially those that cater to the expatriate community.
  • Report to local authorities of suspicious behavior or unclaimed items left behind in common areas in any location.
  • Know where your family members and colleagues are located and how to reach them in case of an emergency, keeping in mind that the internet and cell phones may not always function.
  • Monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities to stay abreast of the current security environment.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel 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 Dakar, located on Route des Almadies, and is open Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • You may also call +221 33 879 4000 during normal business hours, +221 33 879 4444 during after-hours.
  • 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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