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Overview of Senegal Visas

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Senegal is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and is a country in West Africa.Senegal appears to be underrated by many people, but it is a beautiful country worth a ride. While in Senegal, there may be many attractions, the most desirable include nature in all its glory. First of all, without seeing Lake Retba, you cannot leave Senegal. It has an odd hue of pink, and it is unbelievably salty. Plus, as thousands of birds nest and breed inside the grounds, the Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary is a paradise for birdwatchers. Last but not least, the perfect place for a mini-safari is the Fathala Reserve. At the same time, for the nationalities that apply, visas on arrival are eligible. There are 69 nationalities of this sort, so you may be among them. All the other nationals must visit and apply for a consular visa at the nearest embassy.

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There are Giraffes, rhinos, antelopes, elands, and much more can be seen.Generally speaking, Senegal is a very egalitarian country, with excellent ties between the approximately 95 % of the population of Senegal who practices Islam and the remaining 5% who practice Christianity and other religions. No recent terrorist attacks have occurred in Senegal. While traveling in Senegal, you should retain situational awareness.You need to verify whether or not you need a visa to enter the country before you plan your trip to Senegal. The ideal time of year to fly to Senegal is during the summer months, between November and May. The temperature tends to have around 25 degrees Celsius during this time. However, precipitation is very common between June and October, and temperatures are often 30 degrees Celsius or above.

When is the best time to apply for Senegal visas?

The best time to apply for Senegal visas is 1-2 months before your travel date.If you are running low on time, however, we might be able to process your visa at the discretion of the Embassy on a faster service basis.

Who are eligible for the exemption for my Senegal visas?

All European Union citizens, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Canada, Cape Verde, The Central African Republic, Chad, China, Congo DR, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Japan, Liberia, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Korea, Togo, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States, and Vatican City.

Who are all eligible to apply for a visa on arrival for Senegal?

Citizens of all other countries except British Nationals (Overseas), Hong Kong, Kosovo, Macao, and Yemen may obtain a visa on arrival for a stay of up to a month. They must have a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of arrival, a return ticket, and evidence of accommodation.

What are the requirements for Senegal visas?

When applying for a Senegal visa, you must request supporting documentation, such as documents supporting your applications:

  • Two sets of the application form for a Senegal visa
  • Your passport must be valid for at least six more months and must have at least two blank pages.
  • Photocopies of your passport’s personal history page and previous visas
  • Two photographs of passport size
  • Evidence of accommodation in Senegal, such as a hotel booking or a letter of invitation if you stay with a host.
  • Photocopy of your airline fare or evidence of your plane reservation
  • Proof of ample financial funds
  • For Senegal Business Visa: letter of invitation or letter of support from a company in Senegal
  • Vaccination against yellow fever (although not needed by all embassies or consulates, vaccination against yellow fever is advisable)

The documents which you send must be either in French or in English.

What are the requirements for children with Senegal visas?

Children traveling alone must have a consent letter or notarized letter from their parents/guardians.

How long are valid Senegal visas?

  • Senegal visas issued for a maximum of 90 days, but may it be issued for less at the discretion of the visa-issuing authorities.
  • This is also the number of days you are allowed to stay in Senegal without a visa if you are from a visa-exempted country.

How long taking time to process Senegal visas?

  • Depending on the country, the application processing time for a Senegal visa varies. Although some diplomatic missions say that a visa can be processed for 2-3 days, others can take a week or more.However, the visa application process early is always a good idea, especially if there is a lack of information available.
  • You will have to apply for a Senegal visa by mail, which means that the time it will take to send your application and, if accepted, to obtain the visa will also take into account the processing time.
  • Bear in mind that consulates can suffer delays and may require additional support documentation that may prolong processing times.
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How Can I Travel to Senegal if I exempt from a Visa?

Even if you exempt from a visa for Senegal, you must still be able to show the immigration officers at the point of entry:

  • Your valid passport, with at least one blank page for the stamp of entry
  • Your proof of accommodation
  • Return-flight ticket or an onward travelticket
  • Invitation letter or sponsorship, if applicable
  • Proof of Vaccination against Yellow Fever Vaccination

Is Senegal Safe to Visit for travelers?

Senegal poses no substantial threats to travelers. There are no political tensions, and no recent terrorist attacks have occurred.

In Senegal, street crime, including knife-point robberies and home burglaries, is very common, especially in urban areas.On motorized scooters, beware of pickpockets, purse-snatchers, and robbers. Robberies often occur along the Corniched’Ouest, a region heavily visited by visitors and westerners. Yet street crime is not at a higher level than it is in most other nations.

Any health prevention required for travel to Senegal?

Outbreak alert: In Senegal, there is a dengue outbreak. To stop mosquito bites, travelers to Senegal should take precautions.

Zika is a risk in Senegal. Severe birth defects may be caused by Zika infection during pregnancy. Pregnant women should, therefore, not fly to Senegal. Pregnant women and couples expecting pregnancy partners should be aware of the potential complications of pregnancy and take preventive measures.

In the capital, Dakar, medical facilities are adequate but are limited elsewhere.In the event of extreme illness or accident, medical evacuation is always very costly and may be required. Make sure you have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation services and overseas hospital stays.

Country entry requirement: If you are traveling from a country at risk of yellow fever, the Government of Senegal also needs evidence of yellow fever vaccination.

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