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Senegal

Capital
Dakar
Time Zone
GMT
Telephone Services
Country Code: 221
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Not present.
Tourist Information
Ministry of Tourism and The Environment, BP 4049, 23 rue Calmette, Dakar, Senegal Tel: 821 1240 Fax: 822 9413
Passport Information
Valid passport required. Return Ticket Required. Requirements may be subject to change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure.
Visa Information
Required by all except nationals of Great Britain, Canada, USA, Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Togo and Tunisia.
Health Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria: Exists throughout the country in Falciparum variety. Resistance to chloroquine has been reported.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required by travellers arriving from endemic areas
Other Health Risks: Bilharzia, Cholera, Meningitis, Rabies
Food & Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency
CFA Franc (CFA Fr) = 100 centimes Amex and MasterCard are accepted, but other credit cards are not. Travellers cheques, preferably in French francs, are accepted.
ATM availability: 9 locations.
Cost of Living
Accommodation is expensive, especially in the capital city and surrounding areas.
Languages
French, Many local languages are also spoken.
Weather
Dry season = Dec – May. Rainy season = June – Nov.
Electricity
220 Volts AC 50 Hz
Post
7 – 10 days to Europe.
Transport
ROADS: many are impassable during the rainy season. There are frequent check points and speed restrictions are strict. DOCUMENTATION: IDP is required. Many roads in the Casamance region are mined.
Special Information
Avoid travel to the Casamance region. It is polite to pay respect to the headman or school-teacher of any village you visit. Tipping is not always deemed courteous. Muggings are increasing in cities and major towns.