Senegal Travel Information
Most trips to Senegal are made without special
problems and the country is one of the more stable in
West Africa. The greatest risk is related to poor
infrastructure and transport safety.
The greatest danger to visitors is related to traffic
accidents, theft and profit crime and a poor health
service. Travelers are encouraged to take reasonable
precautions and limit traffic at night.
The Casamance conflict in the south of the country
remains unsolved. It is encouraged to keep up to date on
developments in the area in terms of. planned trips or
stays. There have been cases of kidnapping in the border
areas against Mali and Mauritania.
There are several known cases of fraud and extortion
of foreign nationals in Senegal.
There is no particular danger to natural disasters in
Senegal, but some areas are regularly hit by floods and
Norwegian citizens residing in or planning a trip to
Senegal are encouraged to register their travel via
It is noted that the entry rules for Norwegians are
changing, and it is recommended to contact the nearest
Senegalese embassy on the matter. The Foreign Service is
not responsible for changes in entry regulations or visa
requirements at short notice. It is the responsibility
of the traveler to ensure that travel documents are
valid for entry and to familiarize themselves with the
current entry rules for each country.
Information can be obtained from the nearest
Senegalese consulate (Denmark/ Sweden) or embassy (The
Hague, Brussels), possibly from consulates/embassies in
surrounding countries. Travelers are responsible for
having a passport that is valid for six months after
- Countryaah: Dakar is the capital
of Senegal. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Travelers must be able to present a valid vaccination
card (yellow fever vaccine) upon entry.
The standard of local hospitals is generally poor,
but there are some private and local clinics that are
designed for easier treatments. Travel insurance should
cover transportation for medical needs.
Senegal is a malaria area and preventative medication
is recommended. In addition, it is recommended to use
mosquito repellent and mosquito nets. Everyone should be
vaccinated against jaundice, diphtheria, tetanus,
whooping cough and poliomyelitis. You may be asked to
present a valid vaccination card upon arrival and if you
come from places where yellow fever is prevalent.
Norway is represented with an honorary consulate in
Dakar and shares a consul with Sweden. Responsible
Norwegian embassy for Senegal is the embassy in Accra
(Ghana). There is limited capacity for monitoring
Norwegian nationals in the country. The UD's 24-hour
operational center in Oslo can be contacted on tel. +47
23 95 00 00 in case of emergency.
The official name is Republic of Senegal and the
capital is Dakar. French is the official language.
There are ATMs in Dakar, around the tourist spots and
at the airport. Most hotels accept credit card payments.
Senegal is mainly a Muslim country (94 percent), but
with elements of Christianity and local faiths. Local
traditions and customs should be respected, especially
during the fasting month of Ramadan. Avoid taking
pictures of people without permission. Photographic
equipment must not be used near military facilities.