Senegal is in western Africa, bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Senegal was founded by the Tukulor in the middle valley of the Senegal River. Islam, the dominant religion, first came to the region in the 11th century. In the 13th and 14th centuries, the area came under the influence of the Mandingo empires to the east; the Jolof Empire of Senegal al ...so was founded during this time. Portugal, the Netherlands, and Great Britain all competed for trade in the area from the 15th century onward. In 1677 France ended up in possession of what had become an important slave trade departure point—the infamous island of Gorée next to modern Dakar. Millions of West African people were shipped from here. In 1960 Senegal achieved independence. Dakar is the capital city of Senegal, located on the Cape Verde Peninsula on the country's Atlantic coast. It is famous as the end of the Paris-Dakar rally. Show More
American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure.
Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
A biometric visa is required for all non-African visitors to Senegal. In order to obtain your visa, you must first pay approximately $67 on the SNEDAI website, and then appear in person to be fingerprinted. These requirements change often and you should check with the Embassy of Senegal for the latest information.
Currently Required Vaccinations: Yellow Fever
We always recommend that you see a doctor or health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. They will best determine your vaccination and medication needs based on your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, planned activities and up-to-the-minute requirement changes. It is advised to consult a travel doctor 4-6 weeks before departure in regards to the recommended vaccinations below:
For all vaccinations and health requirements, you can also refer to the recommendations from:
World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.
If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items. French medications are far more readily available than US pharmaceuticals
Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill. Insurance can be purchased through us.
The weather in Senegal is generally hot and humid year round with two main seasons: the wet and the dry seasons. The wet season lasts from June to October, and the dry from November to May. Temperatures during the dry season average between 22 degrees Celsius and 30 degrees Celsius.
For up-to-date forecasts, check weather.com.
The currency in Senegal is the Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (XOF) one US dollar is roughly equivalent to 475 XOF. Coins in circulation come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, and 1. Banknotes in circulation are as follows: 10,000, 5,000, 2,000, and 1,000. Generally speaking, we advise bringing $50 -75 USD per day, per person, for spending money. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction).
Language: French (official)
Currency: Commonaute Financiere Africaine Franc (XOF)
Religion: 94% Muslim
Time Zone: UTC
Telephone: Country code for calling outside of Senegal is +221
Calling North America: Dial 001 and your 10 digit number
Emergency numbers in Senegal: Senegal currently has no emergency numbers. Dial (221)33 860-3810 if you are the victim of a crime.