Exercise normal precautions in Senegal. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
Exercise increased caution in:
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Senegal:
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.
Senegal is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Hague countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations, as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of Senegal.
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.
To bring an adopted child to the United States from Senegal, you must meet certain suitability and eligibility requirements. USCIS determines who is suitable and eligible to adopt a child from another country and bring that child to live in the United States under U.S. immigration law.
Additionally, a child must meet the definition of a Convention adoptee under U.S. immigration law in order to be eligible to immigrate to the United States with an IH-3 or IH-4 immigrant visa.
Senegal’s Adoption Authority
Directrice de l’Education Suveillée et de la Protection Sociale (DESPS)
Ministere de la Justice
Rue 9 Allées Seydou Nourou Tall X Bourguiba
Point E lot 2 – BP 14736
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