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Message for U.S. Citizens: Dakar (Senegal), Changes in Regional Travel Guidance for Senegal due to Ebola Virus Disease

This is an update to the notice of October 25, 2014 regarding Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa.

Senegal authorities announced that the land and maritime borders between Senegal and Guinea are now open.  The U.S. Embassy in Dakar is not aware of any commercial flights operating directly between the two countries at this time.  You can find more information on travel and commercial flights by visiting the Ebola Fact Sheet.  Regional travelers should monitor airlines to verify seat availability, reconfirm reservations in advance of travel to the airport, and be aware of alternate airlines that service their destination.  See, also, our Travel Alert for implications for travelers because of Ebola in parts of West Africa. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a level two Travel Alert for Mali advising travelers in Mali to practice enhanced precautions after several confirmed cases of EVD were reported in the country.  Currently, flights have not been affected due to these EVD developments.  Upon arrival and departure from Mali, medical personnel take the temperature of all passengers and distribute hand sanitizer. 

The U.S. Embassy in Bamako has posted security-related information related to possible EVD-related unrest in the country.  U.S. Embassy Dakar advises travelers to Mali visit the U.S. Embassy in Bamako website for the latest security information.

To obtain CDC travel notices, call the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) from within the United States, or 1-404-639-3534 from overseas, or visit the CDC website.  For more information on EVD, please visit the CDC website.

We strongly recommend 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 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.

In addition, if you wish to participate in the optional SMS/text messaging program to receive security notices via text message, please send an email to DakarACS@state.gov for additional information.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Senegal and neighboring countries. For additional information, refer to the Traveler's Checklist on the State Department's website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Dakar is located on Route des Almadies and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is +221 33 879 4444.

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