Senegal COVID-19 Information
Last updated: 01/16/2021
*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. ***
- As of January 7, the Government of Senegal has instituted restrictions in the regions of Dakar and Thies including bans on all public meetings, private gatherings (including weddings, baptisms and large religious gatherings), and gatherings at hotels, concert halls, bars, cafes, beaches, markets, sports fields, dance clubs, and weekly markets.
- There is a mandatory daily curfew from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am in the Dakar and Thies regions.
- Use of facial coverings is mandatory in public places and in private places receiving the public.
- Restaurants, casinos, places of worship, private beaches and markets are permitted to operate while maintaining social distancing measures and facial coverings.
- Public transportation services (taxis, care rapides and intercity buses) may transport the maximum number of passengers, provided all passengers wear a mask.
- The Government of Senegal has implemented restrictions that impact entry into Senegal for certain foreign nationals. Travelers who are not citizens or residents of Senegal or a country that is a member of the Economic Community of West African States, or who do not meet certain other exemptions outlined here, may be denied entry or face difficulty traveling to Senegal. U.S. citizens are not currently subject to these restrictions but must comply with other entry requirements (see Entry and Exit requirements below). We have received anecdotal reports of U.S. citizens who have faced difficulty booking travel to Senegal related to these restrictions. The U.S. Embassy is unable to intervene in such cases, but we encourage 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 72 hours? Yes
- Individuals in Senegal may obtain COVID-19 testing at the following locations (see also the Ministry of Health notice here). The cost is FCFA 40,000 per test.
- 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, email@example.com, 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.
- 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
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Senegal approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
- 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.
- The Government of Senegal is reportedly developing a vaccine plan and engaged in the procurement of vaccines. Monitor the Ministry of Health information for details as they develop.
- See additional information from the CDC regarding 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? Yes
- All travelers to Senegal over the age of two years must present an original COVID-19 test certificate showing a negative result. The test must occur within five days of entry into Senegal. The results must be from a PCR test (not a rapid test) and be issued by a laboratory approved for such testing or a recognized international health organization. Travelers transiting Senegal must also show such proof if they will be present in Senegal more than 24 hours or wish to exit the airport.
- Verification of testing compliance will be undertaken by the airline prior to departure. Passengers without a negative COVID-19 test may not be permitted to board.
- All travelers to Senegal may also 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. The form is available for preview and download here.
- The Government of Senegal has implemented restrictions that impact entry into Senegal for certain foreign nationals. U.S. citizens are not currently subject to these restrictions but must comply with COVID-19 screening requirements above. We encourage all U.S. citizens intending to travel to Senegal to contact their airline for additional information.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No, testing must be obtained within five days in advance of arrival to Senegal.
- Extensions of visa and residency permits: The U.S. Embassy in Dakar is currently scheduling a limited number of routine notary services to accommodate requests for residency permits in Senegal. See information on obtaining residency permits, driver’s licenses, and other information on our website. See for scheduling information here.
- Is a curfew in place? Yes, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. in the regions of Dakar and Thies.
- 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. The form is available for preview and download here.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- Use of facial covering is required on public transportation, including taxis.
- Violators of Senegal’s COVID-19 restrictions may incur fines or be detained by law enforcement officials.
- The U.S. Embassy in Dakar accepts a limited number of passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) applications, emergency passport applications and provides notarial services on Mondays and Wednesdays. 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 has resumed limited immigrant visa services in all categories, and limited services for Lawful Permanent Residents including replacing lost or stolen I-551s (green cards).
- The U.S. Embassy is only processing nonimmigrant visa applications for diplomats (A), officials (G), students and exchange visitors (F, J), and petition-based employment visas (H, L, O, P, R).
- 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.