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Senegal is known as ‘The Country of Teranga’ or the ‘The Country of Hospitality’. This name is very reflective of the experience travelers have when visiting the country; locals are very hospitable and welcoming. There are local markets to explore filled with mouthwatering food, handmade fabrics, and amazing music.
Dakar, the country’s capital, is rapidly growing with a great nightlife and a wide variety of amazing restaurants. On the coast are amazing beaches that are great for surfing or wading in warm water. To the north are beautiful baobab trees and to the west mangroves and wildlife to see.
Travelers can experience the culture with year-round music and art festivals, vast museums, and colonial ruins.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Senegal. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Senegal: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, and influenza.
Travelers should take antimalarials before, during, and after their trip to prevent malaria. Travelers should also take steps to avoid mosquito bites.
The risk for rabies is a risk for some travelers. If you will be involved in outdoor activities, work with animals, or who plan on taking an extended trip, consider vaccination.
The government of Senegal requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are traveling from a country with a risk of yellow fever.
For more details on any of the above vaccinations, visit the detailed Passport Health specialty vaccination pages or make an appointment with your local Passport Health by calling or book online now.
Cholera has been reported in Senegal, but risk to most travelers is very low. The vaccine is especially recommended to travelers staying with family or for extended periods of time. Aid and mission workers are also at an increased risk.
The cholera vaccine, Vaxchora, is available at Passport Health locations across the United States.
Cholera can also be prevented by drinking only clean water, washing hands often and following CDC food preparation guidelines.
A visa is not required to visit Senegal. But, if you intend to stay for longer than three months, you will need to get a ‘Carte d’Etranger’ from local authorities.
All travelers visiting Senegal must have a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the intended date of departure. Additionally, you can be refused entry if you do not have evidence of return or onward travel.
For more information contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling or by filling out our online form.
Senegal is generally tropical, meaning it is very hot and humid. There is a rainy season from May to November with strong winds and a dry season from December to April with hot, dry winds. The warmest month is August, the coolest month is February, the wettest month is September, and the driest month is January.
Senegal is a relatively safe country to visit. It has not experienced any recent terrorist attacks; but, terrorist groups are present in West Africa and have targeted westerners. All travelers should maintain situational awareness when traveling.
Street crime is very common in Senegal, particularly in urban areas. U.S. citizens have been robbed at knife-point, particularly in the Corniche d’Ouest area. Take precautions when visiting, such as not walking alone after dark and avoiding carrying valuables in public. Additionally, be wary of scam artists who may request funds from you.
17 km (10.5 mi) south of Toubakouta is the Fathala Wildlife Reserve and Lodge, a 60 square-kilometer reserve created in 2006. The area is home to the giant eland, antelopes, giraffes, rhinos, warthogs, buffaloes, and various monkey species. Travelers can also spend the night in luxury safari tents and go on sunset boat trips or birding safaris.
When traveling it is very helpful to find out exactly where the U.S. embassy or consulates are located. Keep the address written down in case you have a legal problem, you lose your passport, or you want to report a crime. Be sure to keep a copy of your passport with you in case you lose the original.
U.S. Embassy to Senegal
Route des Almadies
Telephone: +(221) 33-879-4000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(221) 33-879-4444
Visit the Embassy to Senegal website before departure to confirm correct contact details for the office.
If you have any questions about traveling to Senegal or are wondering what shots you may need for your trip, schedule an appointment by calling or booking online today.
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