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All About the Senegal Visa

Planning a trip to this West African nation in the near future? Fortunately for many foreign travellers, the Republic of Senegal offers an open visa policy in addition to its tranquil beaches and bustling markets and city streets.

To help promote this small country as a hotspot for travel and tourism, Senegal visa waivers have been extended to visitors from the US, UK, EU, Australia, India, plus many other countries. Now when travelling for business or tourism, these nationalities can explore this country’s national parks and UNESCO World Heritage sites for up to 90 days with a valid passport.

For those who do require an entry permit, you’ll be happy to hear that visa fees for those applying through Senegalese embassies are waived for all nationalities. This means your travel money can go toward making even more memorable experiences in Senegal’s museums, markets and historic villages.

Want to learn more? Byevisa has thoroughly researched travel to Senegal visa requirements in order to bring you the information you need to plan your next trip. Let us look into Senegal visa policy and boil it down to the main points. We’ll show you who’s exempt from a visa and how to apply for a Senegal visa for those who aren’t.

Senegal Visa Requirements and Eligibility

To take advantage of this open entry scheme, business and tourism visitors from Senegal visa-exempt countries must have:

  • A passport that’s valid at least 6 months past your date of entry and that has at least 2 blank pages.
  • Evidence of a return or onward flight ticket.

Upon arrival, nationals from Senegal visa-free countries will simply have to present their passports in immigration to receive their entry stamp. Once this is done, you’ll have 90 days to explore the best that Senegal has to offer!

To see if you’re eligible, select your nationality in our checker tool:

Or, just take a look at our list below:

Brazil (for diplomatic and service passport holders)
Burkina Faso
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
China (for diplomatic and service passport holders)
Côte d’Ivoire
Czech Republic
Gabon (for diplomatic and service passport holders)

Iran (for diplomatic and service passport holders for stays of less than 1 month)
Kenya (for diplomatic and service passport holders)
Malaysia (for diplomatic and service passport holders)

Republic of Congo
Republic of Guinea
Republic of Korea
Sierra Leone
Turkey (for diplomatic and service passport holders)
Uganda (for diplomatic and service passport holders)
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States of America

Senegal Visa Application Process

The first step of this process is to download the Senegal visa application form online. To do so, find the nearest Senegalese embassy using our handy Embassy Finder Tool.

Once you’ve found your embassy, we recommend contacting the consular section in advance to enquire about drop-off times and whether or not you’ll need an appointment. If the nearest Senegal embassy is too far to visit in person, you can also enquire about sending your documents via a pre-paid courier service.

The next step is to fill in your Senegal visa application form and get your documents together. A successful application will require:

  • A passport that is valid at least 6 months from your date of entry into the country and that has at least 2 blank pages.
  • 2 passport-size photos.
  • Copies of your flight itinerary, confirmed accommodation and letter of invitation (if applicable).
  • A duly completed and signed application form with 1 original copy (each form should be filled in by hand and signed).
  • If applying for a Senegal business visa, you may be asked to provide a letter of invitation on official letterhead.
  • Additional Senegalese visa requirements may exist depending on the category in which your nationality falls.

If you plan on sending your documents by post, make sure to do so with registered mail (take note of the tracking number) and send everything along with a pre-paid and self-addressed return envelope to the address indicated on the embassy’s website.

Once submitted, all you have to do is wait. The embassy will contact you at the email address you provided once they’ve reached a decision.

If you’d like to apply for a Senegal work visa or Senegal student visa to remain in the country long term, you would need to do so in coordination with your Senagalese-based company or university. In this case, it’s best to contact the embassy directly for nationality-specific application details.

Senegal Visa Form and Documents

your application should include 2 forms completed by hand and with an original signature (a photocopy may not be accepted). To fill in this form, you’ll want to have this information available:

  • Your name, place and date of birth.
  • Your passport details such as type (ordinary, diplomatic, etc), number and date of issue/expiry.
  • Your home address, phone number and email.
  • Your profession and employer details (or university name if you’re a student).
  • The number of entries requested (Single or Multiple).
  • Your dates of arrival and departure.
  • Travel information if you plan on visiting other West African countries as part of your trip.
  • Details on previous visits to the country.
  • The name and contact information of any friends or family in the country.

Here are some additional tips to take into consideration when applying:

  • Your photos must be in colour and taken in front of a white background. Pictures older than 6 months may not be accepted.
  • Your application documents should be legible and completed in French or English.
  • Include photocopies of everything, including your flight itinerary, hotel booking and the bio page of your passport.
  • If your application is incomplete, your documents will not be processed. Be sure to mind the details and double-check everything.
  • The embassy may decline to return your documents by post if you don’t have enough postage or you’ve arranged for them to be sent by regular mail. In the United States, for example, many embassies prefer to send documents via FedEx only.
  • Check your email inbox regularly as this will be the main mode of communication with the embassy.

Visa for Senegal Status Check

Once you’ve applied, most requests are processed within 5 business days. You may or may not be able to contact the consular section for updates on your documents during this time. Many embassies ask that you do not call them to enquire about the status of your application.

Once a decision has been made, the consular section will send you an email at the address provided. In their message they will include:

  • Whether your application has been accepted or denied.
  • When you can stop by to pick up your passport.
  • Instructions if you plan on collecting your documents by proxy (in most cases, you’ll need a signed letter of proxy and a copy of the applicant’s ID).

How Much Is a Visa to Senegal?

The Senegal visa fee has been waived for all international visitors. This means you can apply for your entry permit completely free of charge. You should, however, factor in other indirect Senegal visa costs such as the cost of passport photos and the price of renewing your passport if it’s due to expire.

More Senegal Tourist Visa Information

We hope the section above has helped answer some of your questions about travelling to Senegal with a visa. Please see our FAQ section below for some additional helpful information.

Senegalese embassies can only issue short-stay authorisations for visits of up to 90 days. If you wish to stay longer, you should request to extend your Senegal visa while in the country by contacting the Directorate of Air and Border police:
  • Direction de la Police des étranger et des Titres de voyage Dieuppeul – Allées Sérigne Ababacar Sy – Dakar (Tel +221338693001)
It’s a good idea to check with your embassy, as certain nationalities fall into different categories with different processing times.

For example, at the Senegalese embassy in London, UK, nationals who fall into category B can expect to receive their authorisation in 5 working days. For nationals in category C, this process can take up to 2 months.

No, your Senegal embassy visa will be placed directly in your passport. If you are exempt, we recommend travelling with printed copies of your round-trip or onward flight itinerary, your yellow fever vaccination record and proof of accommodation.
The Senegal visa processing time will depend on your nationality and on the embassy where you apply. At the Senegalese embassy in Washington, D.C., for example, your documents should be processed in 2 to 3 business days.
We do not recommend leaving your application to the last minute. While some embassies may offer an expedited application process, there is no guarantee that you will be able to receive your document that quickly.
No, this is not available at this time. In some cases, such as for foreign visitors from India, travellers will be asked to present some documents at the airport when passing through immigration.
If your entry permit is denied, you should contact the embassy’s consular section for more details. However, you can greatly decrease the chance of this happening by carefully following the instructions outlined above.
UK visitors don’t need a travel permit for stays of less than 90 days, provided your passport is valid for at least 3 months from your date of entry.
US visitors can travel to this country without a travel authorisation when holding a passport valid at least 6 months past their date of entry and with at least 1 blank page.
Indian passport holders travelling for tourism or business can stay in this country for up to 90 days without an entry authorisation. However, you’ll need to travel with the following documents and present them upon arrival at the airport:
  • A round-trip flight ticket.
  • A confirmed hotel reservation.
  • A letter of invitation or sponsorship from an Indian company (if applicable).
  • A yellow fever vaccination certificate.
  • Proof of sufficient funds (this can be in the form of bank statements or a certificate of employment from your company).
Most nationalities must hold a passport that is valid at least 6 months past their date of travel. If your document expires in less time, it’s possible that your entry permit will be denied or you will be held up in customs.

To avoid this, take your passport’s expiration date into account when planning your Senegalese adventure.

Visitors with 2 passports shouldn’t encounter any problems. Just make sure all your bookings are made on the same passport.
It may not be a bad idea to brush up on your French when preparing for your West African escape. In addition to French, locals speak Wolof and some English.
There’s a risk of yellow fever transmission in this country. To protect yourself, be sure to schedule a yellow fever vaccine prior to your travel. Proof of vaccination may be requested upon arrival, depending on your country of origin.
Yes, this country is generally very safe and the locals are known for being hospitable and friendly. Nevertheless, it’s always wise to keep an eye on your belongings and keep your distance from large protests or demonstrations if they occur.
If travelling from the US, many red-eye flights depart from the East Coast and arrive in the capital, Dakar, early the next morning. Planning ahead and looking into transport services beforehand can save you time and hassle when arriving.
Here’s a sample to give you an idea of the document that will be placed in your passport. Senegal Visa Example
We hope you’ve found this information helpful. For more links regarding Senegal visas, click here.
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