How to get a Senegal Visa?
According to Senegal diplomatic missions, you must obtain a Senegal visa from one of the Senegal embassies or consulates abroad. The process changes depending on the country, but an outline of the application process is as follows:
- Contact the Senegal embassy or consulate to make an appointment and inquire about specific requirements
- Collect the required documents
- Submit the application and documents. You may have to submit the application and documents in person or submit them through the post.
- Wait for the visa to be processed
If the visa is approved, you can use it to enter the country for the time that the visa is issued for.
What are the Senegal Visa Requirements?
When you apply for a Senegal visa, you must submit documents which support your applications, such as:
- Two copies of the Senegal Visa Application Form
- Your passport, which must be valid for at least another six months and have at least two blank pages
- Photocopies of the personal information page of your passport and previous visas
- Two passport-size pictures
- Proof of accommodation in Senegal, such as a hotel reservation or an invitation letter if you are staying with a host
- Photocopy of your airline ticket or proof of reservation of the ticket
- Proof of sufficient financial funds
- For Senegal Business Visa: Letter of invitation or a Letter of Sponsorship from the Senegal company
- Yellow Fever Vaccination (although not required by all embassies or consulates it is advisable to get vaccinated for Yellow Fever)
The documents you submit have to be either in English or in French.
What is the duration of a Senegal visa?
A visa for Senegal is issued for a maximum of 90 days, but may it be issued for less at the discretion of the visa-issuing authorities.
This is also the number of days you are allowed to stay in Senegal without a visa if you are from a visa-exempted country.
Senegal Visa Exemption Countries
Visitors to Senegal require a visa unless they come from one of the 59 visa exempt countries below.
Visitors must hold passports that are valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival.
- Sierra Leone
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Vatican City
Other Senegal visa exemptions
In addition, even if you are not from one of the countries above, you may still be exempt from a Senegal visa for short-term stays if you fall under one of the following categories:
- You have a Laissez-Passer issued by the United Nations and you are traveling on duty
- You have a Laissez-Passer issued by the Economic Community of West African States
- You have a diplomatic passport issued by Turkey
- You have a diplomatic, service, or special passport issued by:
Visa on arrival
Citizens of all other countries except Hong Kong, British Nationals (overseas), Kosovo, Macao and Yemen may obtain a visa on arrival for a stay of up to a month. They must have a passport valid for a minimum of 6 months from the arrival date, and a return/onward ticket, and a proof of accommodation.
Passengers except Hong Kong and Macao holding an official invitation letter issued by a Senegalese Authority to participants of international events or a proof of accommodation can obtain visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 30 days.