Do You Need Visa to Visit Senegal?

Do You Need Visa to Visit Senegal? Check It Out!

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Visa Types & Categories to Apply for Senegal

Visa Types & Categories to Apply for Senegal

Depending on the purpose and duration of your travel to Senegal, different types of visas will apply to the circumstance. Whether you are planning to go as a tourist, visiting family, or for other issues, you will have to apply for a different Senegal Visa, accordingly. 

If you are a citizen of the country referred to below, you do not need a visa for a stay of fewer than 3 months, but you must have a passport or travel document issued by this country (these documents must have a minimum validity of 6 months).

Benin

Liberia

France

Finland

Portugal

South Korea

Burkina Faso

Mali

Germany

Greece

Czech Republic

Djibouti

Cape Verde

Morocco

Austria

Hungary

Romania

United Arab Emirates

Congo (Brazzaville)

Mauritania

Belgium

Italy

United Kingdom

United States of America

Côte d'Ivoire

Niger

Bulgaria

Latvia

Slovakia

Mauritius

The Gambia

Nigeria

Cyprus

Lithuania

Slovenia

India

Ghana

The central African Republic

Croatia

Luxembourg

Sweden

Japan

Guinea-Bissau

Sierra Leone

Denmark

Malta

Brazil

Malaysia

Guinea Conakry

Togo

Spain

Netherlands

Canada

Singapore

Kenya

Tunisia

Estonia

Poland

China

 

 

Additionally, even though you are not from one of the visa-free countries, in some cases, you can still be exempt from a Senegal short-stay visa. If you have:

  • Laissez-Passer issued by the United Nations, and you are travelling on duty.
  • Laissez-Passer issued by the Economic Community of West African States
  • A diplomatic passport issued by Turkey
  • A diplomatic, service, or special passport issued by:
    • Algeria
    • China
    • Gabon
    • Libya
    • Russia
    • Tanzania
    • Uganda

People with a refugee travel document need a visa.

Senegal Visa on Arrival

Senegal Visa on Arrival

All other nationals (except visa exempted nationals and Hong Kong, Macao, Kosovo, and Yemen nationals) can obtain Senegal Visa on Arrival.

 

Required Documents for Senegal Visa on Arrival

 

1. Passport

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

2. Two Photos

  • Photos should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3,5 x 4,5 colored, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colours matching the background.

3. Flight Ticket

  • Confirmed return or onward flight tickets

4. Financial Means

  • Sufficient financial funds to support your trip

5. Proof of Accommodation

  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)
  • In case of staying at a private house, submit a copy of the house owner’s resident card (both front and backside) and fill out the address on the application form.

 

Senegal Visa on Arrival fee

Senegal Visa on Arrival fee is 50 EUR for foreign nationals. The fee may vary depending on your nationality.

Senegal Tourist Visa

Senegal Tourist Visa

Senegal Tourist visa is issued for applicants intending to visit Senegal for tourism and sightseeing. You can apply for a Senegal Tourist visa to realize your tourist activities.

 

Required Documents for Senegal Tourist Visa

 

1.  Application Form

  • Duly completed and signed
  • Two copies of the application form

2. Two Photos

  • Photos should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3x4 coloured, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colours matching the background.

3. Passport and Copy of the Main Page

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

4. National Identity Card and Resident Permit/Visa Copy (if Your Country of Residence and Citizenship are Different)

  • A copy of the documents must be presented along with other documents.

5. Proof of Accommodation

  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)
  • In case of staying at a private house, submit a copy of the house owner’s resident card (both front and backside) and fill out the address on the application form.

6. Means of Subsistence

  • Proof of sufficient financial means for the period of stay, such as bank statements

7. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

8. Flight Ticket Reservation

  • Copy of Roundtrip Ticket

9. Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate

  • Copy of vaccination booklet

10. For Minors:

  • Birth certificate or copy of the family book and travel authorization signed by the holder(s) of parental authority in the forms required under local law, along with a copy of his/her/their identity document (if the minor is not travelling with his/her parents or guardian)
  • Letter of consent from parent/s or legal guardian/s, if travelling unaccompanied.

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Senegal Tourist Visa

The average processing time for a Senegal Tourist visa is 3-14 working days. It depends on your visa application country.

Note: For refugee travel documents and nationals of those countries that do not have a consular agreement with Senegal, the processing period is subject to prior approval by the Senegalese Ministry of the Interior (expect 30 to 45 days).

 

Senegal Tourist Visa Fee

 Senegal Tourist visa fee is 50 EUR for foreign nationals. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Senegal Tourist Visa?

You will apply for a Senegal Tourist visa in Senegal visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

Senegal Business Visa

Senegal Business Visa

Senegal Business visa authorizes you to enter Senegal. It permits its holder to engage in business-related activities such as attending meetings or conferences, conducting or attending the training, conducting internal audits, installing equipment, or performing other temporary services for a client, local affiliate, or branch office.

 

Required Documents for Senegal Business Visa

 

1.  Application Form

  • Duly completed and signed
  • Two copies of the application form

2. Two Photos

  • Photos should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3x4 coloured, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colours matching the background.

3. Passport and Copy of the Main Page

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

4. National Identity Card and Resident Permit/Visa Copy (if Your Country of Residence and Citizenship are Different)

  • A copy of the documents must be presented along with other documents.

5. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

6. Invitation Letter

  • That document must contain the organization's full address and name, contact details (phone number, e-mail address); name and position of the person signing the documents; the purpose of the event and the role of participants from your country; duration of stay, the name of the person or institution that will cover the applicant's travel and living expenses.

7. Flight Ticket Reservation

  • Copy of Roundtrip Ticket

8. Proof of Accommodation

  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)
  • In case of staying at a private house, submit a copy of the house owner’s resident card (both front and backside) and fill out the address on the application form

9. Business/Organization Registration Certificate

10. Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate

  • Copy of vaccination booklet

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Senegal Business Visa

The average processing time for a Senegal Business visa is 3-14 working days. It depends on your visa application country.

Note: For refugee travel documents and nationals of those countries that do not have a consular agreement with Senegal, the processing period is subject to prior approval by the Senegalese Ministry of the Interior (expect 30 to 45 days).

 

Senegal Business Visa Fee

 Senegal Business visa fee is 50 EUR for foreign nationals. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Senegal Business Visa?

You will apply for a Senegal Business visa in Senegal visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

Senegal Employment Visa

Senegal Employment Visa

Senegal Employment visa is granted to you to undertake trips to Senegal for work activities, which requires staying in Senegal temporarily.

 

Required Documents for Senegal Employment Visa

 

1.  Application Form

  • Duly completed and signed
  • Two copies of the application form

2. Two Photos

  • Photos should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3x4 colored, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colors matching the background.

3. Passport and Copy of the Main Page

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

4. National Identity Card and Resident Permit/visa (if Your Country of Residence and Citizenship are Different)

  • A copy of the documents must be presented along with other documents.

5. Invitation Letter

  • That document must contain the organization's full address and name, contact details (phone number, e-mail address); name and position of the person signing the documents; the purpose of the event and the role of participants from your country; duration of stay, the name of the person or institution that will cover the applicant's travel and living expenses.

6. Flight Ticket Reservation

  • Copy of Roundtrip Ticket

7. Proof of Accommodation

  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)
  • In case of staying at a private house, submit a copy of the house owner’s resident card (both front and backside) and fill out the address on the application form

8.  Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate

  • Copy of vaccination booklet

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Senegal Employment Visa

The average processing time for a Senegal Employment visa is 3-14 working days. It depends on your visa application country.

Note: For refugee travel documents and nationals of those countries that do not have a consular agreement with Senegal, the processing period is subject to prior approval by the Senegalese Ministry of the Interior (expect 30 to 45 days).

 

Senegal Employment Visa Fee

 Senegal Employment visa fee is 50 EUR for foreign nationals. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Senegal Employment Visa?

You will apply for a Senegal Employment visa in Senegal visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

Senegal Study Visa

Senegal Study Visa

Foreign nationals who visit Senegal for study, training, and research can apply for Senegal Study Visa.

 

Required Documents for Senegal Study Visa

 

1.  Application Form

  • Duly completed and signed
  • Two copies of the application form

2. Two Photos

  • Photos should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3x4 coloured, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colours matching the background.

3. Passport and Copy of the Main Page

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

4. National Identity Card and Resident Permit/Visa Copy (if Your Country of Residence and Citizenship are Different)

  • A copy of the documents must be presented along with other documents.

5. Birth Certificate

  • Applicant’s birth certificate (original and copy)

6. Invitation Letter

  • Letter of inviting school or university, including travel purpose of foreign national

7. All Documents Submitted for Admission to an Educational Institution

  • This includes a certificate from an educational institution in your country, diploma, transcript, CV, motivation letter, etc

8. Proof of Visit

  • Personalized invitation letter from the inviting institution in Senegal

9. Flight Ticket Reservation

  • Copy of Ticket Reservation

10. Proof of Accommodation

  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)
  • In case of staying at a private house, submit a copy of the house owner’s resident card (both front and backside) and fill out the address on the application form

11. Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate

  • Copy of vaccination booklet

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Senegal Study Visa

The average processing time for a Senegal Study visa is 3-14 working days. It depends on your visa application country.

Note: For refugee travel documents and nationals of those countries that do not have a consular agreement with Senegal, the processing period is subject to prior approval by the Senegalese Ministry of the Interior (expect 30 to 45 days).

 

Senegal Study Visa Fee

 Senegal Study visa fee is 50 EUR for foreign nationals. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Senegal Study Visa?

You will apply for a Senegal Study visa in Senegal visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

Senegal Family Visit Visa

Senegal Family Visit Visa

A short stay Family/friend Visa allows you to travel to Senegal to visit family or friends.

 

Required Documents for Senegal Family Visit Visa

 

1.  Application Form

  • Duly completed and signed
  • Two copies of the application form

2. Two Photos

  • Photos should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3x4 colored, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colors matching the background.

3. Passport and Copy of the Main Page

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

4. National Identity Card and Resident Permit/Visa Copy (if Your Country of Residence and Citizenship are Different)

  • A copy of the documents must be presented along with other documents.

5. Flight Ticket Reservation

  • Copy of Roundtrip Ticket

6. Proof of Accommodation

  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)
  • In case of staying at a private house, submit a copy of the house owner’s resident card (both front and backside) and fill out the address on the application form.

7. Proof of Visit

 If visiting: close relatives - spouse, children, parents (including guardians), grandparents:

  • Letter of invitation
    • It must be official. A scanned version is accepted at the time of application, but it is advisable to send the original by mail as the original will be required at the border.
  • Documents proving kinship
  • A document confirming the status of the inviting person in Saudi Arabia
  • If the invitee stays at the inviting person’s home, documents about the house (contract, payment for utilities, etc.)

         If visiting other relatives or friends:

  • Invitation letter
    • It must be official. A scanned version is accepted at the time of application, but it is advisable to send the original by mail as the original will be required at the border.
  • Documents proving kinship (if any)
  • If the invitee stays at the inviting person’s home, documents about the house (contract, payment for utilities, etc.)

9.  Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate

  • Copy of vaccination booklet

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Senegal Family Visit Visa

The average processing time for a Senegal Family Visit visa is 3-14 working days. It depends on your visa application country.

Note: For refugee travel documents and nationals of those countries that do not have a consular agreement with Senegal, the processing period is subject to prior approval by the Senegalese Ministry of the Interior (expect 30 to 45 days).

 

Senegal Family Visit Visa Fee

 Senegal Family Visit visa fee is 50 EUR for foreign nationals. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Senegal Family Visit Visa?

You will apply for a Senegal Family Visit visa in Senegal visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

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FAQ

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Is vaccination compulsory while traveling to Senegal?

Vaccinations are not necessary but are highly recommended against yellow fever.

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How long is Senegal Visa valid for?

The Senegal Visa is valid for 90 days.

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What is the required validity of a passport to travel to Senegal?

Visitors must hold passports that are valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival.

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What is the local currency in Senegal?

West African CFA Franc is the currency of Senegal. 1 USD equals 540 West African CFA Franc.

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How is the process of Senegal on Arrival Visa?

When you arrive at the airport or border post in Senegal, go to the Immigration Office, you will receive the 'Immigration Declaration Form' to complete there.

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