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Senegal Travel Tips and Information

Senegal Travel Tips and Information

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Official NameRepublic of Senegal
Population15.41 million
Country CodeSN
Country Code (international calls)221

The flight time to Senegal is approximately 8 hours. Check the climate, currency, religion, manners, other information of Senegal below. Wishing you pleasant travels to Senegal.

Senegal is a country in West Africa, bordered by Mali in the east and Mauritania to the north.

Visa and Immigration Procedures to Senegal

For U.S., UK, and European citizens, a visa to Senegal is not required for a stay up to 90 days with a passport valid for at least 3 months. However, Egyptian, Sudanese, or Lebanese travelers will need to submit a visa application form and apply for permission to stay in Senegal. All travelers need a visa, a proof of funds for the duration of stay, confirmed air ticket, a hotel reservation, a letter of invitation and a passport valid for at least 6 months.

Things/Items Allowed into Senegal

Passengers older than 18 years old can freely import 200 individual cigarettes, 50 cigars, 250 grams of tobacco or tobacco products, 1 bottle of spirits, 1 bottle of perfume for personal use, personal goods and gifts valued less than XOF 5,000.

Things/Items Forbidden out of Senegal

• No Information Available

Things/Items Forbidden into Senegal

• Arms • Ammunition • Endangered Plant Species • Live Animals • Pets without a health certificate

Voice of Travelers to Senegal

Memorable Trip

When I went to Senegal, I enjoyed its great nature. One of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, Saloum Delta. It was very nice with the bright sun shining and hundreds of birds hunting for fish. There were so many bird watchers at the shore. I also visited House of Slaves on Goree Island where thousands of African slaves were processed. It made me think of our dark history and is the most memorable spot I have ever visited. It was such a meaningful trip, I have already booked a ticket to visit next year!

Pink Lake and a Bronze Statue

I had never seen a PINK lake. Lago Rosa, also known as Lake Ratba or Lac Rosa, is a lake colored in vivid pink because of its high salt content. I've heard from some people that the lake is sometimes not quite pink, and it tends to be more pigmented under very windy weather. So I visited there on a windy day. It was such a bright pink. I got to see the process of getting salt, so I bought the salt as a souvenir. Additionally, I got a ticket to Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine that has the largest statue in Africa. People were allowed to climb up to the highest level, but it was very tiring. Great view of Dakar though. Both sights are highly recommended.

7 World Heritage Sites

Saloum Delta, Goree Islam, Bassaru Country, Saint-Louis Island, the Stone Circles of Senegambia, Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary and Niokolo-Koba National Park. There are total of 7 World Heritage sites in Senegal, and I visited all of them! I was so excited to see lions since somebody told me that there are way too many lions in Senegal and it is the national symbol of Senegal. I saw none, so it was sad. Though you might not see any lions, I still recommend you to visit here once to experience this amazing nature. Some of the sites have special tours so it is best to research for the best ticket prices!

Senegal Travel FAQs

Q. What is prohibited in Senegal?

A. Plastic bags thinner than 0.3 millimeters have been banned in Senegal. LGBTQ activities are also considered illegal in Senegal. It is best to check with your country's embassy's website for updates before booking your ticket.

Q. When is the best season to book an air ticket to Senegal?

A. The wet season, June to October, is the most popular season for travelers to book tickets due to the warm weather.

Q. Where should I go in Senegal?

A. In Dakar, the Sandaga Market, the Theodore Monod African art museum and the big mosque are popular spots for visitors. In the evening, you can walk around town and enjoy the atmosphere. There is also the Casamance, which is a magnificent region and geared towards tourists. Other favorites among travelers are the crafts market of Zinguinchor and the beaches located at Cap Skirring.

Senegal - Direct Flights to Major Airports

Flight Routes to Senegal

The largest airport in Senegal is the Dakar Yoff International Airport. Direct flights are available from Paris, Dubai, Istanbul, Madrid, New York and more. Direct flights offered by many airlines such as Air France, Emirates Airline, Turkish Airlines, Iberia Airlines and Delta Airlines.