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Student protests have broken out in Dakar, St Louis and other major cities in Senegal, with violent confrontations between students and law enforcement. You should avoid university campuses while protests continue.

Avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings of people.

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Senegal. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. See Terrorism

The Casamance region has suffered for decades from low intensity separatist violence, largely directed at Senegalese security forces. While the security situation has improved significantly since 2012, there are occasionally violent incidents. On 7 January 2018, 13 Senegalese nationals were killed, and a further seven injured in an attack by gunmen in the Casamance region in the south of Senegal. The incident took place in the forest of Boffa-Bayotte, in the département of Ziguinchor. See Local travel

There’s a lower level of risk in the main tourist areas of the Casamance.

You should be vigilant when travelling in the Casamance region to the west of Kolda, and where possible you should avoid travelling at night, and stick to the main road from Ziguinchor to Cap Skirring and the main road north of the Guinea-Bissau/Senegal border from Sao Domingos to Ziguinchor. See Local travel

Pickpocketing and street crime are common in parts of Dakar, particularly around Place de l’Indépendance, the central area of the Plateau and the Western Corniche. See Safety and Security

Most visits to Senegal are trouble-free.

UK health authorities have classified Senegal as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.