On August 7, the Government of Senegal announced stricter enforcement of existing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including: the prohibition of gatherings public spaces, including beaches; a prohibition on all demonstrations on public highways; mandatory use of facial coverings; and social distancing requirements on public transport. Violators may be subject to fines and potentially one month of jail time.
The Government of Senegal has also implemented new 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 encourage all U.S. citizens intending to travel to Senegal to contact their airline for additional information.
International commercial flights resumed July 15. Please see Entry and Exit requirements below for new requirements for arriving travelers to Senegal. Land and sea borders remain closed until further notice.
The Government of Senegal ended the COVID-19 related State of Emergency on June 30.
U.S. citizens should verify the validity of their U.S. passport. If your passport is expired and you have an urgent need to travel, please contact us at DakarACS@state.gov to make arrangements to apply for an emergency passport. All application, fee, and documentation requirements apply. See the Embassy website for additional details.
For those individuals who have departed Senegal on a U.S. government charter flight and have questions about repayment, please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/emergencies/for-evacuated-citizens.html for more information.
See all U.S. Embassy Dakar Health Alerts.
- On August 7, the Government of Senegal announced the following restrictions:
- Prohibition of gatherings at beaches, sports grounds, public spaces and theatres;
- Prohibition of all demonstrations on the public highway, especially in the Dakar region;
- Mandatory wearing of masks in administrative and private services, in shops, and on transportation; and
- Strict enforcement of social distancing within public transport.
Enforcement of these measures is already being reported. Violators will be subject to fines and potentially one month of jail time.
- As of August 7, the Government of Senegal had reported 10,887 COVID-19 infections and 225 See all updates and communiques here: sante.gouv.sn
- The State of Emergency in Senegal was lifted on June 30.
- Some leisure facilities remain closed due to social distancing measures until further notice.
- Markets remain closed once per week for cleaning.
- Land and sea borders remain closed until further notice.
- International commercial flights resumed July 15. Please see Entry and Exit requirements below for new requirements for arriving travelers to Senegal.
- Government of Senegal administrative business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- The U.S. Embassy has suspended all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments and American Citizen Services. We will resume routine consular services as soon as possible but we are unable to provide a specific date at this time.
- The U.S. Embassy remains open for emergency American Citizen Services.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
Failure to comply with the following requirements may result in the denial of entry into Senegal.
- 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 seven days of entry into Senegal, 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.
- If unable to obtain a COVID-19 test, travelers to Senegal must submit a statement that they have no symptoms associated with COVID-19 and have not been in contact with a COVID-19 patient. Such travelers will be required to undergo a risk assessment by airport health officials, and will be required to undergo a COVID-19 test at the airport if deemed necessary by health officials. Costs of any screening or tests are the responsibility of the traveler. Current testing fees are FCFA 40,000 per passenger, which must be paid in cash at the time of testing.
- Travelers who test positive or with obvious COVID-19 symptoms must complete an additional medical form provided by airport health service personnel and may be subject to additional requirements, including quarantine, as determined by health officials.
- All travelers to Senegal will 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.
- Land borders are closed.
- Please see Entry and Exit requirements above for new requirements for arriving travelers to Senegal.
- 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.