British Ambassador to Senegal
We represent the UK and support British interests in Senegal. We develop and maintain relations between the UK and Senegal at all levels and in a wide range of fields. We also cover Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde.
We champion trade and investment opportunities for British businesses in Senegal, and encourage the Senegalese government in their efforts to improve their business environment and regulatory framework.
We work with the Senegalese government and other international partners to address a range of peace and security issues in the region, including drug trafficking, other forms of organised crime and terrorism. We support action to further enhance democracy and good governance in Senegal.
We also provide an effective consular service to British nationals in Senegal, and a visa service to those wishing to travel to the UK.
For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply please see the UK Visas & Immigration Page.
Priority Visa Suspension
The Ebola crisis in West Africa continues to impact on many public services. Scheduled flights in and out of the most affected parts of the region are now limited, and this means that our courier routes at this time are less reliable. As a result, UKVI has unfortunately had to suspend its Priority Visa Service in West Africa. This change took effect from Monday 27 October 2014. Whilst our Priority “Fast Track” Service will not be available until further notice, UKVI is committed to ensuring that our standard service is not compromised during the crisis and we will continue to assess visit visa applications within 15 working days. This measure is temporary and we regret any inconvenience it may cause to our customers
Emergency consular assistance (24 hours)
For emergency assistance, such as in the event of the death, assault, arrest or hospitalisation of a British national, call +44 1908 51 6666 or +221 33 823 73 92 and follow the instructions to be connected with consular officers.
If you are calling from the UK about a British national in Senegal, call our Consular Assistance Team in London on + 44 (0) 207 008 1500.
Births, deaths and marriages
UK birth registrations and death registrations in Senegal were transferred from the British Embassy Dakar to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the UK on 14 January 2015. There are no changes to the entitlement to register a birth or death. The processing time will remain the same. However, you now need to allow extra time for the documents to be sent to and from the UK. See how to register a birth or how to register a death for further information.
Passports and emergency travel documents (ETDs)
How to renew or replace your British passport and information on getting replacement travel documents if your passport is lost or stolen.
We may be able to provide an emergency travel document if you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel. If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, you should contact the British Embassy Consular Section as soon as possible. If you are travelling in more than 2 days’ time please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment at the British Embassy Consular Section using the link below.
Please call the British Embassy Consular Section for advice before making an appointment if:
- you have never applied for a British passport before
- you are applying on behalf of a child
An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country. Read what an emergency travel document does.
Making a certified copy
This service is for customers who need certified photocopies of British passports. What you will need to bring with you:
- The document that you need a certified copy of
- The correct fee
- The proof of identity/address – see what we will accept as proof
Certificate of no impediment
The British Embassy Consular Section issues Certificates of No Impediment (CNI). This letter can be presented to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Senegalese abroad along with your British passport and a sworn statement/affidavit stating you are not married and that there is no legal impediment to your intended marriage.
Information on staying safe and avoiding problems when living or travelling abroad, with links to our embassies, high commissions and other diplomatic posts across the world.
Living in Senegal
Information for British nationals living in Senegal who need information about services that are not provided by our Consular Section, but that you may find useful under specific circumstances.
How to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK.
Support and information when a British national is detained or arrested
If a relative or friend is detained or arrested while you are in Senegal, Guinea-Bissau or Cabo Verde the Prisoner Pack gives details of the legal and prison systems.
List of lawyers
A list of English speaking lawyers who may be able to help you with official transactions in Senegal. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy Dakar or the UK government.
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above, for British nationals needing emergency consular assistance, we can:
- provide information about transferring funds
- help people with mental illness
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child protection and abductions, kidnappings or someone who is missing abroad and how to make a missing persons report
- provide consular assistance to British nationals who are victims of rape or serious sexual assault or any other serious crime
- help in contacting your family or friends when you are not able to do yourself because you are ill, in hospital, have been arrested etc
- provide advice following the death of a British national outside of the UK, where possible we will try to notify the next of kin
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters
- offer support and information when a British national is detained or arrested outside the UK
What consulates cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:
- get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings
- help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
- give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases
- get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
- pay any bills or give you money
- make travel arrangements for you, find you work, accommodation, or make business arrangements on your behalf
- get involved in private disputes over property, employment, commercial or other matters
- renew or replace a full British passport
Deputy Head of Mission, Dakar