Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Awareness

The U.S. Embassy has learned of reports that unspecified locations in Senegal, including those associated with westerners, may be the target of an attack by extremists.  The Embassy has also learned of recent attack planning by terrorist groups against unspecified targets in Senegal.  The veracity and credibility of these reports is unknown and it is not unusual to see an increase in threat reporting following attacks such as the one in Grand Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire on March 13, 2016. The U.S. Embassy would like to remind its citizens of the types of locations that have been attacked in the region (high profile hotels, clubs, restaurants and beach resorts) and to consider carefully the regularity in which they frequent such locations.

Please review the Worldwide Caution, Country Information, and recent security messages for security guidance.

To stay in touch with the U.S. Embassy:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Senegal Country Specific Information.
  • If you wish to participate in the optional SMS/text messaging program to receive security notices via text message, please send an email to for additional information.
  • The U.S. Embassy is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Fridays and you may call +221 33 879 4000 during normal business hours or +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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