Entry requirements

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Senegal set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Entry to Senegal

British nationals are not subject to entry restrictions when entering Senegal.

Despite this, some airlines are only allowing foreign nationals with proof of residency in Senegal to travel. You should check with your airline before travelling what documentation you will need to carry with you.

The Senegalese Embassy has now stopped issuing letters of support for UK nationals to enter Senegal, as they are no longer required.

Airlines request passengers to fill in a locator form at check-in.

To enter Senegal individuals over 2 years old must provide either a negative PCR COVID-19 test dated no more than 5 days earlier, issued in the country where you started your trip and authorised by that country or a recognised health organisation or a vaccination certificate issued by the health authorities of the country of vaccination. For those who cannot prove vaccine status, including children over 2 years, a negative PCR test remains necessary for entry into Senegal.

Senegal’s Ministry of Health have said the vaccination certificate, also called a “Pass Sanitaire, should certify that the individual has received the required doses of vaccine at least 14 days before the date of travel. Only vaccines approved by the World Health Organization are accepted.

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.

You must also complete and submit a ‘Public Health Passenger Locator’ form on arrival in Senegal. You’ll need to submit this form at border control. You can access the form on the Dakar Airport website.

Demonstrating your COVID-19 status

Senegal will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

Regular entry requirements

Visas

You don’t need a visa to travel to Senegal. If you intend to stay in Senegal for longer than 3 months, you’ll need to register with the local authorities in order to obtain a ‘Carte d’étranger’.

Carte d’étranger

You can get a “carte d’étranger” from the local authorities if you’ll be staying in Senegal for longer than 3 months. If your visa has expired because of the coronavirus crisis, you should report to the Police des Étrangers et des Titres de Voyage in order to renew your visa.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for at least 3 months from the date of entry into Senegal.

Evidence of return or onward travel

You may be refused entry if you don’t have evidence of return or onward travel.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry into, transit through and exit from Senegal.

Yellow fever certificate requirements

Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.