U.S. Citizen Services
Traveling to Senegal
As of July 1, 2013, a valid passport and visa are required for entry into Senegal. For travelers arriving from yellow-fever endemic countries, evidence of yellow-fever vaccination is also required for entry into Senegal.
The official website for acquiring a visa is hosted by Société Nationale d'Edition de Documents Administratifs et d'Identification (SNEDAI). U.S. citizens wishing to travel to Senegal must pre-enroll for the visa and pay the fees online before traveling. Visas can also be obtained directly at either the Senegalese Embassy in Washington, D.C., or the Senegalese Consulate in New York City prior to travel. You will likely be denied boarding or entry if you lack the proper documentation before arriving in Senegal.
As entry requirements are subject to change, travelers should obtain the latest information from the Embassy of Senegal, 2215 M Street, NW, Washington DC 20037, telephone (202) 234-0540 and the SNEDAI website.
Enroll in STEP!
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.
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.
How to Enroll
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.
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:
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
The Consular Section is located in the U.S. Embassy on the Route des Almadies.
Tel: (221) 33-879-4000
After Hours Emergency
Tel: (221) 33-879-4444