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Traveling to Senegal

New Visa Requirements For Entry Into Senegal

The Embassy urges all American citizens, even those visiting Senegal or Guinea-Bissau for a short time, to enroll in the Smart traveler Enrollment Program(Step).  In the event of an emergency, the Embassy will provide information and other critical assistance to American citizens.

How to Enroll

Enrolling in step allows Embassies abroad to send you time-sensitive travel warnings and public announcements specific to the areas in which you will be traveling or living. The information you provide also makes it easier for Embassies to contact you in case of emergency, or to contact your family or friends in the United States in the event of an emergency abroad.

To enroll follow the steps at Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  Please note that you must create an account in order to enroll.

When you enroll, make sure you do so as a long-term traveler even though you plan to stay in Senegal less than six months.  This will ensure that your information is transferred to our local database and we can contact you via e-mail.  If you have already enrolled online, please ensure that your step information and travel plans are current. You may update your contact information on the Internet at any time.  The data you provide is secured behind Department of State firewalls, accessible only by cleared personnel in Embassies, Consulates, and the Department of State, and releasable only under the provisions of the Privacy Act.

Americans without Internet access may register in person at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  

Travel Information for Senegal and Guinea-Bissau

For information on travel in Senegal, see the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet.

For information on travel in Guinea-Bissau, see the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet.


For specific information on traveling to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau, please visit the following links:

Up-to-date information on safety and security is available by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada, or for callers in other countries, a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). 

General Travel Information

For general information about traveling and living abroad, please visit the following links:

ACS Hours

  • Note: Effective September 6, 2011 all routine consular services at the U.S. Embassy Dakar, Senegal will be provided by APPOINTMENT ONLY to all U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Senegal or Guinea-Bissau. There will no longer be walk-in hours for routine consular services. Emergency cases (such as medical emergencies, deaths or arrests involving American citizens) will still be handled on a walk-in basis during normal Embassy hours, or after hours by calling the Embassy duty officer.

    Emergency cases (such as medical emergencies, deaths or arrests involving American citizens) will still be handled on a walk-in basis. American Citizens who need emergency services are welcome to come during normal U.S. Embassy hours which are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Contact the Consular Section

  • Contact icon The Consular Section is located in the U.S. Embassy on the Route des Almadies.

    Email: DakarACS@state.gov
    Tel: (221) 33-879-4000

    After Hours Emergency

    Tel: (221) 33-879-4444