U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
Casamance Region--Exercise Increased Caution
Armed individuals have set up roadblocks and attacked travelers on roads south of The Gambia in the Casamance region of Senegal.
Land mines from prior conflicts remain in the Casamance Region.
The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in this area. U.S. government employees are prohibited from travelling on National Route 4 south of Ziguinchor, on Route 20 between Ziguinchor and Cap Skirring, and on unpaved roads without armed escorts. U.S. government employees are also prohibited from travelling after dark.
Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.
The Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for Senegal on December 1, 2011. However, Senegal has not yet implemented procedures for the processing of Convention adoptions and the Government of Senegal announced in February 2012 that it is temporarily suspending all new intercountry adoptions while it focuses on implementing the Hague Adoption Convention. Transition cases where an adoption dossier was filed with Senegal prior to December 1, 2011, may be completed under the previous “orphan” process.
The U.S. Embassy in Dakar has not been provided with an expected date by which Senegal will fully implement the Hague Adoption Convention. Please continue to monitor adoption.state.gov for updated information.
Please visit the Department’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Senegal and the U.S. Embassy in Dakar’s website for information on consular services.
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