Senegal COVID-19 Information
Last updated: 06/14/2022
*** Effective Sunday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, the CDC rescinded its Order requiring all airline or other aircraft passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 to board any aircraft destined to the United States from a foreign country. Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.
Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- Individuals seeking medical treatment for COVID may contact the numbers set up for COVID information by the Senegalese authorities: 78 172 10 81; 70 717 14 92; or 76 765 97 31; or call toll free 800 00 50 50 or SAMU at 15 15 or 19 19 to find treatment options.
- The U.S. Embassy encourages all U.S. citizens intending to travel to Senegal to contact their airline in advance of travel for additional information and register for S.T.E.P. (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) for the latest updates.
- See all U.S. Embassy Dakar Health Alerts.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Senegal? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day?Yes
- Individuals in Senegal may obtain COVID-19 testing at the following locations. The cost is FCFA 25,000 per test, with same-day results available for an additional fee at many sites. Call the Senegal COVID hotline at 800 00 50 50, or the SAMU hotline at 15 15 or 19 19 for more information.
- L’Institut Pasteur de Dakar, 36 Avenue Pasteur à Dakar, centre ville, and sur la VDN, à côté de la Gendarmerie de la Foire (+221 78 103 3937, +221 33 839 9233, +221 33 839 9232)
- L’Institut de Recherche en Santé, de Surveillance Epidémiologique et de Formation L’IRESSEF firstname.lastname@example.org, Pôle urbain de Diamniadio and Ngor en face du stade de Ngor, +221 70 954 1871, +221 77 7016590, +221 33 872 2588. Walk-in testing is available at this location. Same-day testing is available at this location.
- Le Laboratoire de Bactériologie-Virologie, Hôpital Aristide le Dantec, 30 avenue Pasteur, Dakar, +221 33 889 3800, +221 77 633 3017
- Le Laboratoire de l’Hôpital Militaire de Ouakam, km 8, route de Ouakam, Dakar, +221 76 223 0485, +221 77 357 1731
- Le Laboratoire national de Santé publique (LNSP), Ex. RIAOM, Quartier 10eme, En face Croix Rouge, Thies, +221 775191373, +221 763596212
- Le Laboratoire de l’Hôpital Principal de Dakar (HPD), 1, Avenue Nelson Mandela, Dakar, +221 775295614
- Le Laboratoire de Bactériologie-Virologie de l’Hôpital de Fann (LBV Fann), Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, +221 338691818
Outside of Dakar
- Diamniadio (close to DSS airport) – IRESSEF, Arrondissement 4 Rue 2 D1, Pole Urbain de Diamniadio, BP 7325. +221 77 858 2668, +221 76 656 2757. Walk-in testing is available at this location. Same-day testing is available at this location.
- Touba – Soumpou Gui, Madiyana Touba, +221 77 230 61 68
- Kédougou – HLM Kédougou Villa numéro 18, +221 77 748 00 96
- Kaolack – Hôpital bou Ndaw, Kasnack, Dr Amary Fall, +221 77 451 14 51 / +221 76 284 59 43
- Ziguinchor – Hôpital Silence, Ziguinchor, Idrissa DIENG, +221 76 191 24 47
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
- Has the government of Senegal approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
- Are vaccines available in Senegal for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
- Which vaccines are available in Senegal? Senegal has made available the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, as well as the AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines received through the COVAX program. Please check with your local health clinic to see which vaccines are available at that location.
- The Government of Senegal has made vaccines available to all through local health clinics free of charge to anyone in the target population of adults aged 18 and older. Individuals must present a valid ID (National ID card, driver’s license, passport, etc). Public hospitals in Dakar are also distributing vaccines. Vaccination hours are Monday through Saturday from 9am to 3pm.
- Senegal’s target population eligible for COVID-19 vaccines includes all individuals 18 and up. Children 12 and up are eligible to be vaccinated if they have a documented medical comorbidity or other medical need as documented by a medical professional. Third “booster” vaccine doses are available beginning six months after the individuals last COVID-19 vaccine was administered.
- For more information, interested individuals should visit https://vaccincorona.sec.gouv.sn/and consult their local District Sanitaire. Monitor the Ministry of Health information for additional details. You may also call +221 725 4848 to learn more about available vaccines and vaccination centers in Dakar.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No, a COVID-19 test is not required regardless of vaccination status.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Land borders with The Gambia are open for routine travel, but all others remain open only for commercial transport. Individuals must present a negative COVID-19 test to cross at all land borders.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
- All travelers to Senegal may be required to complete a passenger location form for public health officials, in accordance with recommendations from the International Civil Aviation Organization. The form will be collected on arrival.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- The U.S. Embassy in Dakar accepts passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) applications, emergency passport applications and provides notarial services. Notarial service and passport appointments can be scheduled online here. To request an emergency passport or CRBA appointment, please email DakarACS@state.gov. All application, fee and documentation requirements apply. See the Embassy website for additional details.
- Entrants to the U.S. Embassy are subject to COVID-related rules and precautions. If you do not feel well, please wait to request an appointment.
- The U.S. Embassy is processing limited immigrant visa services in all categories, and limited services for Lawful Permanent Residents including replacing lost or stolen I-551s (green cards). Additional information is available here.
- The U.S. Embassy is processing a limited number of nonimmigrant visa applications in all categories. Click here for additional information.
- Applicants for visa services should expect significant wait times. Your patience is appreciated.
- The Senegalese media publishes regular COVID-19 updates in collaboration with Senegalese health authorities. Monitor the official Senegalese Ministry of Health website and World Health Organization site for updates.