Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Awareness

In light of reports about an attack at a hotel in Bamako, Mali, the U.S. Embassy reiterates the importance of practicing good security habits wherever you are.  The U.S. Embassy encourages staff and U.S. citizens to:

  • Be aware of your surroundings and be vigilant when frequenting popular tourist destinations and large public areas.
  • Report to local authorities or staff 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.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and provide your physical address and phone number to make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

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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