- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Entry requirements
- Embassy Contact
General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
Avoid non-essential travel
Latest Travel Alert
Citizens should exercise caution in any decisions about international travel, taking account of their overall health, their vaccine status, and the risk of testing positive for COVID-19 while abroad. Anyone considering travelling abroad should be aware that restrictions are subject to change at short notice, and additional restrictions may be imposed by the country of your destination, including during your visit.
Be especially vigilant in the Casamence region due to a history of low intensity civil conflict in the area.
Travel to Senegal
Senegal entry requirements
To enter Senegal individuals over 2 years old must provide either a negative PCR COVID-19 test dated no more than 72 hours earlier, issued in the country where you started your trip OR a vaccination certificate with a QR code issued by the health authorities in the country of vaccination. For all travellers over 2 years old who cannot prove that they are fully vaccinated, a negative PCR test remains necessary for entry into Senegal.
Only vaccines approved by the World Health Organization are accepted.
On arrival in Senegal, you must complete a ‘Public Health Passenger Locator’ form and submit it to border control. You can access the form here.Airlines may request that you fill in this form before check-in.
The government of Senegal is encouraging those with any information or concerns about COVID-19 to call +221 800 00 50 50.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
Senegal is a popular destination with tourists and most visits there are trouble-free. However, you should be careful of pickpockets in Dakar, especially at the airport, and in the areas around Place de l’Independance, the central area of the Plateau and the Western Corniche.
We advise travellers to be vigilant about potential scams, particularly business transactions offered over the internet which seem too good to be true or a slow-blossoming internet romance with sudden requests for financial assistance.
The Casasmance region in the south west continues to experience incidents involving armed groups, separatists and clashes between the military and the MFDC (Movement of the Democratic Forces of Casamance). You should avoid all road travel in the Casamance region to the west of Kolda, other than daytime travel on the main Ziguinchor to Cap Skiring road or the Sao Domingos to Ziguinchor road. Always monitor the local security situation and local media for security developments. Land mines remain problematic in this area so ensure to stick to paved roads and to take local advice.
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal.
Homosexual activity is illegal in Senegal.
Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.
Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.
Your policy should cover:
- All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
- Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.
- 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
- Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
- Lost and stolen possessions.
- Cancellation and curtailment.
- Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).
Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.
Check with a doctor what vaccinations you may need for your trip at least eight weeks before you travel. You can find out more information about vaccinations on the HSE’s website.
If your passport is lost or stolen while you’re abroad, we can help.
What we can do:
- Issue you a replacement passport that will let you finish your trip, or;
- Issue you with an emergency travel document to get you home.
We’ll do our best to help you as quickly as possible but this can take some time. Your location and circumstances may limit the help we can give you. Is Ireland does not have an Embassy or Consulate in Senegal there may be additional complications in processing and application for a new passport.
You should contact the Irish Embassy in Abuja in Nigeria to find out what you need to do to apply for a passport. They will also be able to advise you on the fees which apply.
Where emergency consular assistance is required for Irish citizens outside of opening hours you can contact the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin at + 353 (0) 1 408 2000
During working hours you can contact the Irish Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria at:
Embassy of Ireland
11 Negro Crescent
Monday to Thursday 09:00-16:00; Friday 09:00-12:00
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.