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Travel Consideration: Senegal

Senegal Official Info

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Senegal Official Info

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Senegal is a developing West African country. Facilities for tourists are widely available, but they vary in quality. The capital is Dakar.

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: A passport is required. A visa is not required for stays of less than 90 days.

Several types of items -- including computers and computer parts, video cameras and players, stereo equipment, tape players, auto parts, and various tools and spare parts -- cannot be brought into Senegal without clearance by Senegalese customs officials. Airport customs officials will hold such items if brought in as baggage or carry-on luggage.

Travelers should obtain the latest information on customs and entry requirements from the Embassy of Senegal, 2112 Wyoming Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C., 20008, telephone (202) 234-0540. Overseas inquiries should be made at the nearest Senegalese embassy or consulate.



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The U.S. Embassy in Dakar advises U.S. citizens to defer travel to the Casamance region of southern Senegal due to incidents involving Casamance separatists. There has been an increase in fighting between Casamance separatists and the Senegalese military, and a number of Senegalese military personnel, separatists and civilians have been killed. U.S. Government-affiliated personnel near the affected areas have temporarily relocated out of the area pending further developments. U.S. Government personnel are subject to restrictions on travel to the Casamance area. U.S. citizens contemplating travel to the Casamance area are urged to contact the U.S. Embassy in Dakar for the latest travel and security information.

Road travel between Mauritania and Senegal is restricted to several designated border crossing points, and long delays at the border are normal.

Due to the potential for violence, U.S. citizens should avoid political gatherings and street demonstrations, and maintain security awareness at all times.

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Street crime in Senegal poses moderate risks for visitors. Most reported incidents involve pickpockets, purse snatchers and street scam artists, who are especially active at events that draw large crowds or when international meetings occur. In Dakar, there has been a relatively high incidence of purse snatchings and muggings in a popular restaurant area known locally as "La Petite Corniche," located along a three-kilometer stretch of coastal road in the southeastern part of the city.

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Several hospitals and clinics in Dakar can treat major and minor injuries and illnesses. There is inadequate inpatient psychiatric care, though there is very good office-based psychiatry. Public hospitals do not meet U.S. standards, but several private clinics are at the level of small European hospitals, and approach U.S. community hospital standards. The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of physicians and other health care professionals who may see U.S. citizen patients. The Embassy does not guarantee their services or recommend any of the physicians. Medical facilities outside Dakar are limited.

French medications are far more readily available than American drugs, and the limited selection of American drugs in stock are often listed under the French trade name. Medications may be obtained at pharmacies throughout Dakar and in other areas frequented by tourists, and are usually less expensive than in the United States. Travelers should carry a supply of any needed prescription medicines, along with copies of the prescriptions, including the generic name for the drugs, and a supply of preferred over-the-counter medications.

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While in a foreign country, U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions, which differ significantly from those in the United States. The information below concerning Senegal is provided for general reference only and may not be totally accurate in a particular location or circumstance.

Safety of Public Transportation: Fair
Urban Road Conditions/Maintenance: Fair
Rural Road Conditions/Maintenance: Poor
Availability of Roadside Assistance: Poor

Road conditions in Senegal range from adequate to poor. Travelers should remain on the major hard-surfaced routes and drive during daylight hours only. Paved roads link most major cities but are often in poor repair. Drivers should expect to encounter stretches of roadways with potholes and other obstacles. Rural roads range from well-maintained dirt and gravel routes to sand tracks. Traffic accidents are a leading cause of injury and death in Senegal. Visitors who drive should take the time to learn local traffic rules and drive defensively. Visitors should be cautious when using public transportation, particularly if the vehicle appears to be overcrowded and/or poorly maintained.

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed Senegal's Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with international aviation safety standards for oversight of Senegal's air carrier operations.

For further information, travelers may contact the Department of Transportation within the U.S. at tel. 1-800-322-7873, or visit the FAA Internet website at http://www.faa.gov/avr/iasa/iasa.pdf. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) separately assesses some foreign air carriers for suitability as official providers of air services. For information regarding DOD policy on specific carriers, travelers may contact the DOD at tel. 618-229-4801.

Air Afrique operates direct commercial service from Dakar to New York four times a week. Every summer, the U.S. Embassy receives reports of U.S. citizen travelers and others who are denied boarding due to overbooking on their scheduled Air Afrique flights to the United States. Air Afrique passengers, particularly those traveling on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, should make flexible travel plans during the months of June through September. Occasionally, checked baggage is delayed significantly. Travelers should include essential items such as medicines, toiletries and a change of clothing in their carry-on luggage.

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U.S. citizens living in or visiting Senegal are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy at Avenue Jean XXIII, Dakar, and to obtain updated information on travel and security in Senegal. During business hours, U.S. citizens should call tel. (221) 822-4599. The mailing address is B.P. 49, Dakar, Senegal. The telephone number is (221) 823-4296; after-hours (221) 823-4604.

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed Senegal's Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with international aviation safety standards for oversight of Senegal's air carrier operations.

For further information, travelers may contact the Department of Transportation within the U.S. at tel. 1-800-322-7873, or visit the FAA Internet website at http://www.faa.gov/avr/iasa/iasa.pdf. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) separately assesses some foreign air carriers for suitability as official providers of air services. For information regarding DOD policy on specific carriers, travelers may contact the DOD at tel. 618-229-4801.

Air Afrique operates direct commercial service from Dakar to New York four times a week. Every summer, the U.S. Embassy receives reports of U.S. citizen travelers and others who are denied boarding due to overbooking on their scheduled Air Afrique flights to the United States. Air Afrique passengers, particularly those traveling on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, should make flexible travel plans during the months of June through September. Occasionally, checked baggage is delayed significantly. Travelers should include essential items such as medicines, toiletries and a change of clothing in their carry-on luggage.

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