"Do I need a visa?"
Visa-Exempt Foreign Nationals (90-day allowance) : All European Union citizens, Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, India, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Monaco, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Switzerland, Thailand, Timor Leste, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Nationalities Subject to Visa: citizens of all other nationalities can obtain their 30-day visa upon arrival.
Entry and Exit Requirements Q&A
Is a curfew in place? No
Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
Land borders with The Gambia are open for routine travel, but all others remain open only for commercial transport. Individuals must present a negative COVID-19 test to cross at all land borders.
Are travelers required to quarantine? No
All travelers to Senegal may be required to complete a passenger location form for public health officials, in accordance with recommendations from the International Civil Aviation Organization. The form will be collected on arrival.
Are commercial flights operating? Yes
Is public transportation operating? Yes
Use of facial covering is required on public transportation, including taxis.
Violators of Senegal’s COVID-19 restrictions may incur fines or be detained by law enforcement officials.
Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
All travelers to Senegal over the age of two years must present an original COVID-19 test certificate showing a negative result. The test must occur within 72 hours of entry into Senegal. The results must be from a PCR test (not a rapid test) and be issued by a laboratory approved for such testing or a recognized international health organization. Travelers transiting Senegal must also show such proof if they will be present in Senegal more than 24 hours or wish to exit the airport.
Verification of testing compliance will be undertaken by the airline prior to departure. Passengers without a negative COVID-19 test may not be permitted to board.
The Government of Senegal has implemented restrictions that impact entry into Senegal for certain foreign nationals. U.S. citizens are not currently subject to these restrictions but must comply with COVID-19 screening requirements above.
Please contact their airline for additional information.
Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No, testing must be obtained within three days in advance of arrival to Senegal.
*Source: The US Embassy in Dakar
ASE / Letter of Invitation/ Lettre d'embarquement
Do Americans or Canadians need any documentation to enter Senegal?
If your travel plans will not take you through Europe on the way to Senegal, no, you don't need any documentation other than a negative PCR test within 72 hours of landing.
Are European citizens permitted to enter Senegal? Yes, if they have residency; OR have obtained an ASE / Lettre d'invitation, from either their Senegalese Embassy or assistance from Niofar Executive Relocation.
Even if you are not a resident of Senegal, but if you have a layover in a European city before landing in Dakar, you will need to request an ASE.
*Source: Formalities for Travel to Senegal
"wHERE CAN i GET RELIABLE INFORMATION ON covid-19?"
PCR TEsting Requirements
Niofar keeps you informed and on top of Senegal's government and airport COVID-19 travel regulations. We also obtain any necessary documentation we can on our end, to make your travel.
You'll need to allow 48 hours before travel to plan, schedule, and perform your PCR test, since results are issued 24-hours after the sample is taken in most cases. The availability of rapid testing is not always available, given the high demand and limited capacity of the local laboratories.
Niofar also provides the option of at-home PCR tests, where results are sent in PDF format 24-hours later by WhatsApp, before travel. No wait times, no exposure to crowds to risk possible infection. We coordinate the testing with you, and make sure all goes smoothly in time for your flight.
Public PCR TEsting Centers
Are PCR and/or antigen tests available in Senegal? Yes
If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
Individuals in Senegal may obtain COVID-19 testing at the following locations. The cost is FCFA 25,000 per test.
Testing must be completed at least 48-hours prior to travel. It is not advisable to wait until less than 24-hours before your flight to do a PCR test.
L’Institut Pasteur de Dakar
Primary Location: 36 Avenue Pasteur à Dakar, downtown
Secondary Location: On the "VDN," à côté de la Gendarmerie de la Foire
+221 78 103 3937, +221 33 839 9233, +221 33 839 9232
IRESSEF: L’Institut de Recherche en Santé, de Surveillance Epidémiologique et de Formation
Primary Location: Pôle urbain de Diamniadio and Ngor en face du stade de Ngor
+221 70 954 1871, +221 77 7016590, +221 33 872 2588
Le Laboratoire de Bactériologie-Virologie, Hôpital Aristide le Dantec
30 avenue Pasteur, downtown Dakar
+221 33 889 3800, +221 77 633 3017
Le Laboratoire de l’Hôpital Militaire de Ouakam
Km 8, route de Ouakam, Dakar
+221 76 223 0485, +221 77 357 1731
Le Laboratoire de l’Hôpital Principal de Dakar (HPD)
1, Avenue Nelson Mandela, Dakar
Le Laboratoire de Bactériologie-Virologie de l’Hôpital de Fann (LBV Fann)
Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar
Le Laboratoire national de Santé publique (LNSP)Ex. RIAOM, Quartier 10eme, In front of the Croix Rouge, Thies+221 775191373, +221 763596212
"Which General vaccines
do I need?"
The information cited below is from the CDC's official vaccination requirements and medical information for Senegal. This is Niofar's official recommendation when traveling to Senegal, and Mauritania (you can find additional information on their website).
"Which time of year is best to visit Senegal?"
If you need any further information regarding travel to Senegal, please don't hesitate to contact us.