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Exercise increased caution in Senegal due to elections, crime, and landmines. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
Presidential elections in Senegal are scheduled for February 24, 2019. If no candidate wins a majority during the initial balloting, a second round will be held, either on March 10, March 17, or March 24, with March 17 the most likely date.
Tensions are typically heightened during campaign and election periods, and some election-related demonstrations and other activities have resulted in violence. The Senegalese government may impose travel restrictions as the elections approaches, sometimes without notice, which may affect travel plans. Expect additional police and military checkpoints and possible road blocks throughout the country during the campaign period and election day itself. Regular road travel between regions is prohibited on election days.
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.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Senegal:
Last Update: Reissued with updates to the Travel Advisory Level and Risk Indicators.
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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