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The Republic of Senegal is a developing West African country.  The capital is Dakar.  Facilities for tourists are widely available but vary in quality.  Read the Department of State Background Notes on Senegal for additional information.



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Country Name: Senegal
Continent: Africa
Capital City: Dakar
Boundary Countries:

The Gambia 740 km, Guinea 330 km, Guinea-Bissau 338 km, Mali 419 km, Mauritania 813 km

Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

Centre Hospitalier Regional de Thies, Clinique de la Madelaine (Dakar), Clinique Pasteur (Dakar), Hopital de Saint-Louis, Hopital General de Grand Yoff-Hoggy (Dakar)

Main Cities:

Dakar, Ziguinchor, Cap Skirring, Naye, Matam, Richard-Toll, Saint-Louis, Thies, Kaolack, Diuorbel, Linguere, Kolda, Tambaccounda

Country Size: 196,190 sq km
Population: 11,987,121



French (official), Wolof, Pulaar, Jola, Mandinka

Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (XOF); note - responsible authority is the Central Bank of the West African States
Predominant Religions:

Muslim 94%, Christian 5% (mostly Roman Catholic), indigenous beliefs 1%

National Holidays: Independence Day, 4 April (1960)
Economic Status:

Senegal is a developing West African country.


Army, Senegalese Navy (Marine Senegalaise), Senegalese Air Force (Armee de l'Air du Senegal)

US Presence:
U.S. Embassy in Dakar
Route des Almadies
Dakar, Senegal
Telephone: (221) 33-879-4000
Document Requirements:

A passport is required.  For U.S. passport holders, a visa is not required for stays of less than 90 days.  Current yellow fever vaccination is mandatory to enter Senegal and meningitis vaccination is highly recommended if the traveler is arriving from or has recently traveled to an endemic area.  Travelers unable to provide proof of vaccinations may be required to pay for and receive vaccinations at the Dakar airport.  Travelers should obtain the latest information on entry requirements from the Embassy of Senegal, 2112 Wyoming Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 234-0540, and at the Senegal Tourism Authority.  Overseas inquiries should be made at the nearest Senegalese embassy or consulate.

Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website.  For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information sheet.

Major Airports:

Airports: 20, Airports w/paved runways: 9

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

Public demonstrations, political gatherings, and student protests are relatively common in Senegal, both in Dakar and in outlying regions, particularly on Friday afternoons. Due to the potential for violence, US citizens should avoid political gatherings and street demonstrations, and maintain security awareness at all times. The US Embassy recommends that all visitors to Lac Rose and its surrounding beaches be particularly vigilant and not travel alone. Landmines are a danger in some regions & have killed at least 1 US Citizen. Minor street crime is very common in Senegal, particularly in cities.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total: 52.94 deaths/1,000 live births
Life expectancy at birth: TOTAL 59.25 years (male 57.7/female 60.85)

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None
Recommended: Hep A & B, Malaria, Meningococcal (meningitis), Rabies, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Boosters: tetanus-diptheria, measles & polio as needed.

Infectious Disease Concerns:

HIV/AIDS– people living with HIV/AIDS: 44,000
Malaria is a serious risk to travelers in Senegal. Dengue, filariasis, leishmaniasis, and onchocerciasis (river blindness) are other diseases carried by insects that also occur in this region. Endemic foci of river blindness exist in all countries listed except in the greater part of The Gambia, Mauritania. The risk for contracting African sleeping sickness (trypanosomiasis), which is caused by the bite of an infected tsetse fly, is high in all countries except The Gambia, Niger, and Mauritania. A number of rickettsial infections also occur in this region. Plague occurs sporadically or in outbreaks. Schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection, can be contracted in fresh water in this region. Other infections that tend to occur more often in longer-term travelers (or immigrants from the region) include tuberculosis, HIV and hepatitis B.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Several hospitals and clinics in the capital, Dakar, can treat major and minor injuries and illnesses. There is inadequate inpatient psychiatric care and limited office-based psychiatry. Public hospitals do not meet U.S. standards. Medical facilities outside Dakar are limited. French medications are far more readily available than American drugs, and drugs in stock are often listed under the French trade name. Medications may be obtained at pharmacies throughout Dakar and in other areas frequented by tourists, and are usually less expensive than in the U.S.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 6
Referrals: 34
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

Major infectious diseases: degree of risk: very high
food or waterborne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever
vectorborne diseases: dengue fever, malaria, yellow fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and Rift Valley fever are high risks in some locations
water contact disease: schistosomiasis
respiratory disease: meningococcal meningitis (2007)

Communications Info:

Country Code:  +221 
Internet Code:  .sn


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