Useful Travel Information


  • We are traveling with a doctor in Senegal for the safety of everybody.
  • There are NO SHOTS required, although Yellow Fever is recommended to visitors to Senegal, especially when coming from an endemic area.
  • It is also recommended to take along some anti-malaria pills, especially for those visiting the country during the rainy season (June to September).
  • Consult your doctor for more information.

Business Hours:

  • Most offices are open: Monday to Friday, From 8am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm
  • Stores open: Monday to Saturday From 8:30am to 12:30pm and from 3:30pm to 7:30pm.
  • Markets are opened: every day From 7am to 7pm.
  • Banks open: From 8am to 11am and from 2:30pm to 4pm.


  • To call Senegal from the US or Canada: 011 – 221 – number.
  • To call the US or Canada from Senegal: 00 – 1 – area code – number.

Passport/Visa Requirements:

  • For US and Canadian citizens: a passport valid for at least 6 months is required.
  • No visa is necessary if the stay does not exceed 90 days.


  • There is no limit on the amount of money that can be imported into Senegal.
  • Only 50,000 FCFA per person is allowed out of the country.
  • One camera, one (non-professional) videocamera, 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, one bottle of wine, one bottle of alcohol are allowed duty-free


  • In Senegal, quite a few national languages (wolof, pular, soninke, sereer, mandinka, diola…) are spoken.
  • French is the official language used in Administration and Business.
  • English, mandatory at Junior High School, is widely spoken.
  • Wolof is the most widely spoken national language.
  • A few words of Wolof will help you make friends!
  • Asalamu aleikum: Peace be with you (Arabic words used in Wolof)
  • Wa aleikum salam: Peace be with you too
  • Nanga def: How are you?
  • Nanga tudd: what’s your name?
  • Man, X la tudd: My name is X
  • Baal ma: I’m sorry
  • Wao: yes
  • Dedete: no
  • Dama khiff: I am hungry
  • Dama mar: I am thirsty
  • Lii niata: How much is it ?
  • Fan la: Where is it?
  • Mangui dem: Good bye.