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WorldNorth AtlanticAfricaWestern AfricaSenegal
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Capital Dakar
Language French, Wolof
Currency CFA franc (XOF)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
Calling code +221
The Cape Verde islands lie some 560 kilometers (348 mi) off the Senegalese coast, but Cap Vert ("Cape Green") is a maritime placemark, set at the foot of "Les Mammelles" , a 105-metre (344 ft) cliff resting at one end of the Cap Vert peninsula onto which is settled Senegal's capital Dakar, and 1 kilometre (1,100 yd) south of the "Pointe des Almadies", the western-most point in Africa.

Senegal (French: le Sénégal), officially the Republic of Senegal, is a country south of the Sénégal River in Western Africa. Senegal is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Mauritania to the north, Mali to the east, and Guinea and Guinea-Bissau to the south. The Gambia lies almost entirely within Senegal, surrounded on the north, east and south; from its western coast, Gambia's territory follows the Gambia River more than 300 kilometres (186 miles) inland. Dakar is the capital city of Senegal, located on the Cape Verde Peninsula on the country's Atlantic coast.


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Senegal has a tropical climate with a rainy season between July and September. The prevailing winds are northerly and sometimes from December to May a heavy dust wind blows across Senegal from the inland desert.

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Customs and Immigration


  • Firearms and ammunition MUST must be declared on arrival and will be held in custody until your departure.
  • PETS: Pets must have a valid anti-rabies vaccination and current health certificates.


  • Note that all visitors must be in possesion of a valid passport and that visas are NOT issued on arrival. Note also that you may be refused entry if there is evidence of a prior visit to Mauritania.
  • A visa is not required by nationals of Canada, Japan, the USA and the EU (with the exception of nationals of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovak Republic and Slovenia who require a visa), Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Israel, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Taiwan and Togo, for visit of up to three months.
  • Note that visa applications from nationals of the following countries must be referred to the authorities in Dakar so will take longer to process: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cambodia, Chile, China (PR), Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Guyana, Hong Kong (SAR), Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Korea (Dem Rep), Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Maldives, Mozambique, Pakistan, Russian Federation, São Tomé, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovak Republic, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Vietnam and Yemen.

Visas can be issued by French embassies and there are Senegalese embassies/consulates in Abidjan, Algiers, Banjul, Casablanca, Tunis, Praia, Rabat and Las Palmas.

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Health and Security


  • Visitors must have a current yellow fever vaccination certificate.
  • A cholera vaccination is recommended
  • Malaria prophylaxis is recommended
  • Avoid tap-water, and all dishes prepared with it. Bottled water, such as Kirene which is most common and bottled in Senegal, is widely available and inexpensive.


Crime in Dakar is relatively high; crime against tourists is common, even around Place de l'Independance. Use common sense: women should not walk around alone after dark. Watch your pockets in crowded places, such as Sandaga, and keep a close eye on your belongings. There are many different scams to get money from tourists, so be wary. Avoid the beaches at night. Try not to wear any outwardly expensive items of clothing or jewelry. Overall, though, the Senegalese are an incredibly friendly and hospitable people and you will meet many people who are genuinely interested in talking to you.

The Senegalese people are in no way violent. The main crime that they suffer from is due to their lack of wealth. Some people turn to stealing so that they can drink clean water and eat. Senegal is one of the most governmentally stable countries on the continent of Africa. They have a good police force, many of whom speak English.


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