How to Obtain a Residence Permit in Senegal

Note: The following procedure may be changed by the government of Senegal at any time and without notice. For more information, please visit the government of Senegal’s website at http://www.servicepublic.gouv.sn/

To obtain a Residency Permit for Senegal, a U.S. citizen should go to:

Police des Etrangers
Allées Ababacar Sy
Prés du Commissariat de Police de Dieuppeul
Tél: (221) 33 869 30 01.

You will need the following documents:

  • A letter to the Minister of Interior requesting a long-term visa for Senegal
  • A photocopy of your U.S. passport
  • An “attestation tenant lieu de bulletin de naissance” *
  • An “extrait de casier judiciaire” *
  • A medical certificate
  • A fee of approximately 15000 CFA for fiscal stamps
  • A “repatriation fee” of approximately 150000 CFA
  • Three photos
  • Proof that you live / work in Senegal

* These two documents can be obtained at the American Embassy Consular Section for a fee of USD 50 per document or the equivalent in CFA. Click here to schedule an appointment.

The residency card is only valid from two (2) to five (5) years and can be renewed at the Police des Etrangers.  To renew this card, a U.S. Citizen should provide the following documents:

  • A letter to the Minister of Interior requesting a long-term visa for Senegal
  • A photocopy of your U.S. passport
  • An attestation tenant lieu de bulletin de naissance-from the U.S. Embassy
  • An extrait de casier judiciare- from the Senegalese Tribunal
  • A medical certificate
  • A fee of 15200 CFA for fiscal stamps
  • Three photos
  • Proof that you live/work in Senegal

Consular Section Hours

The Consular Section is open for routine American citizen services on Monday through Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The Consular Section is open to assist American citizens with an emergency on Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The Consular Section is closed on all U.S. federal and Senegalese holidays.

U.S. Embassy Dakar Contact Information

The U.S. Embassy is located at Route des Almadies. The mailing address is B.P. 49, Dakar, Senegal.  The telephone number for American citizens only is (221) 33 879 40 00 during regular business hours.  For emergencies involving American citizens after normal business hours, please call (221) 33 879 40 00.  The U.S. Embassy web site is https://sn.usembassy.gov/ and the email address is: DakarACS@state.gov.