COVID-19 Information

Senegal COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 10/15/2021

***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. **

Country-Specific Information

  • The Government of Senegal encourages individuals who believe they may be ill to seek care early, and encourages everyone to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The government also encourages individuals to avoid all gatherings and travel. Use of facial coverings is mandatory in public places and in private places receiving the public.
  • Restaurants, casinos, places of worship, private beaches, sporting events and markets are permitted to operate while maintaining social distancing measures and facial coverings. Violators of facial covering requirements face possible detention and fines imposed by law enforcement officials.
  • Public transportation services (taxis, care rapides and intercity buses) may transport the maximum number of passengers, provided all passengers wear a mask. Violators of facial covering requirements face possible detention and fines imposed by law enforcement officials.
  • 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 COVID-testing 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. 

COVID-19 Testing

  • 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
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions​to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page:  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html. Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, email Dakar ACS@state.gov; after business hours call +221 33-879-4000.
  • Individuals in Senegal may obtain COVID-19 testing at the following locations. The cost is FCFA 25,000 per test. Testing must be completed 48-hours prior to travel. Call the Senegal COVID hotline at 800 00 50 50, or the SAMU hotline at 15 15 or 19 19 for more information.

      In Dakar:

  • 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, cov-travel@iressef.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.
  • 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:

  • 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 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.
  • 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? 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.
    • 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.

Movement Restrictions

  • 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.

Quarantine Information

  • 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.   

Transportation Options

  • 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. 

Consular Operations

  • 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. 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 very limited number of nonimmigrant visa applications in all categories. Click here for additional information.
  • Capacity is extremely limited for both immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments; applicants should expect significant wait times. Your patience is appreciated.

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