Note: Chloroquine is NOT an effective anti-malarial drug in Senegal and should not be taken to prevent malaria in this region.
TRAVEL INFORMATION (Source: Foreign Clearance Guide, 28 Nov 11)
A. STATE DEPARTMENT TRAVEL ADVISORIES
- Travel Warnings: None.
- Travel Alerts: None.
- The DoS Bureau of Consular Affairs posts Country Specific Information Sheets as well as Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts at http://travel.state.gov.
- REGISTRATION: Americans living or traveling in Senegal are encouraged to register with the nearest US Embassy or Consulate through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment website is located at State Department’s travel registration website. Upon registration, travelers can obtain updated information on travel precautions and security within Senegal. STEP can also make it easier for the US Embassy or Consulate to contact the traveler in case of natural disaster (earthquake, tsunami, floods, etc), terrorist incident, or family emergencies (i.e., lost or stolen passport). Americans without Internet access may register directly with the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.
B. AMERICAN EMBASSY
- The US Embassy is located in Dakar on Avenue Jean XXIII. Phone: 011-221-33-829-2100.
- The US Embassy website URL is http://dakar.usembassy.gov.
2. Telecommunications Contact Information:
- International telephone country code: 221. City code: 33.
- US Embassy switchboard: 829-2100.
| || (1) Phone: 823-6527 or 829-2282.
| || (2) Fax (Unclassified): 829-6791.
- Phone after duty hours: Call the Marine Security Guard at 823-6520, and ask for the USDAO duty officer.
3. Hours: US Embassy operating hours are Monday-Friday 0800L-1700L.
4. Mailing Address:
Department of State
2130 Dakar Place
Washington, DC 20521-2130
- Classified. (Use registered mail.)
| || (1) On the inner envelope: USDAO Dakar
| || (2) On the outer envelope: Supervisor Diplomatic Pouch and Mail SA-8, LOC Department of State Washington, DC 20522-0801
5. Holidays: The US Embassy is closed on the following 2011 US and Senegalese holidays: 1 Jan. (New Year's Day), 17 Jan. (Martin Luther King Day), 15 Feb. (Maouloud), 21 Feb. (President's Day), 4 Apr. (Senegalese Independence Day), 25 Apr. (Easter Monday), 1 May (International Labor Day), 30 May (Memorial Day), 2 Jun. (Ascension), 13 Jun. (Whit Monday), 4 Jul. (US Independence Day), 15 Aug. (Assumption Day), TBD Aug. (Koritй), 5 Sep. (Labor Day), 10 Oct. (Columbus Day), 1 Nov. (All Saints Day), 11 Nov. (Veterans Day), 25 Nov. (Thanksgiving Day), TBD Nov. (Tabaski), 26 Dec. (Christmas Day).
- Exact dates of the following holidays, based on the lunar calendar, are estimated and subject to change: Maouloud, and Koritй, and Tabaski.
C. TIME CONVERSION
- Local Standard Time is Z.
- Senegal does not observe Daylight Savings Time.
D. CUSTOMS REGULATIONS
- Travelers are not permitted to bring the following items into Senegal without clearance from Senegalese customs officials: computers and computer parts, video cameras and players, stereo equipment, tape players, auto parts, and various tools and spare parts. Airport customs officials may hold such items if brought in as baggage or carry-on luggage.
E. HEALTH PRECAUTIONS
- Several hospitals and clinics in the capital, Dakar, can treat major and minor injuries and illnesses; however, medical facilities outside Dakar are extremely limited. These facilities are not prepared to handle major injuries. There is inadequate inpatient psychiatric care and limited office-based psychiatric treatment in Dakar.
- French medications are far more readily available than US pharmaceuticals, and 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 - although more expensive than US generics. 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.
- Water supplies in Senegal are not consistently free of disease-causing micro-organisms. Use bottled, boiled, or treated water and canned or dried milk. Wash fruit and vegetables in a disinfectant solution, and peel or cook them before eating. Eat only at recommended places.
- Tuberculosis is an increasingly serious health concern in Senegal.
- Several insect-borne diseases are common in the region, including dengue, filariasis, leishmaniasis, onchocerciasis, and trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness). Travelers should protect themselves against mosquito bites.
- The CDC recommends travelers ensure their polio vaccinations are current, and to get a booster shot if not.
- Those travelling to the meningitis belt between December and June should get a meningococcal vaccine at least 10 days before travelling to these areas. This area is at extremely high risk during this time of year for epidemic meningitis. For more information, visit the CDC website (http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/senegal.htm) .
- Do not swim in streams or lakes. Doing so puts the traveler at risk of contracting the parasitic disease schistosomiasis (bilharzia), which can cause extensive tissue damage, kidney failure, and blindness.
- Active duty military members (including family members/dependants) traveling to Senegal and requiring urgent or emergency medical care may contact TRICARE International SOS at: Toll-Free: 1-800-834-5514 (from outside the US: 1-215-701-2800 – collect calls are accepted); Web: http://www.tricare-overseas.com/ContactUs/ContactEUR.html.
- Vaccine recommendations are based on the best available risk information. Please note that the level of risk for vaccine-preventable diseases can change at any time.
| Vaccination or Disease
|| Recommendations or Requirements for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
|| Recommended if you are not up-to-date with routine shots, such as measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc.
| Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG)
|| Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in countries with an intermediate or high level of hepatitis A virus infection (see map) where exposure might occur through food or water. Cases of travel-related hepatitis A can also occur in travelers to developing countries with "standard" tourist itineraries, accommodations, and food consumption behaviors.
| Hepatitis B
|| Recommended for all unvaccinated persons traveling to or working in countries with intermediate to high levels of endemic HBV transmission (see map), especially those who might be exposed to blood or body fluids, have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment (e.g., for an accident).
|| Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in West Africa, especially if staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water.
|| Recommended for adult travelers who have received a primary series with either inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) or oral polio vaccine (OPV). They should receive another dose of IPV before departure. For adults, available data do not indicate the need for more than a single lifetime booster dose with IPV.
| Yellow Fever
|| Requirements: Required if traveling from a country with risk of YFV transmission and ≥9 months of age.a
Recommendations: Recommended for all travelers ≥9 months of age.
Vaccination should be given 10 days before travel and at 10-year intervals if there is on-going risk. Find an authorized U.S. yellow fever vaccination clinic.
| Meningococcal (meningitis)
|| Recommended if you plan to visit countries that experience epidemics of meningococcal disease during December through June (see map).
|| Recommended for travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, especially in rural areas, involved in activities such as bicycling, camping, or hiking. Also recommended for travelers with significant occupational risks (such as veterinarians), for long-term travelers and expatriates living in areas with a significant risk of exposure, and for travelers involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats, carnivores, and other mammals. Children are considered at higher risk because they tend to play with animals, may receive more severe bites, or may not report bites.
Areas of Senegal with Malaria: All (more information)
If you will be visiting an area of Senegal with malaria, you will need to discuss with your doctor the best ways for you to avoid getting sick with malaria. Ways to prevent malaria include the following:
- Taking a prescription anti-malarial drug
- Using insect repellent and wearing long pants and sleeves to prevent mosquito bites
- Sleeping in air-conditioned or well-screened rooms or using bednets
All of the following anti-malarial drugs are equal options for preventing malaria in Senegal: Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, or mefloquine. For detailed information about each of these drugs, see Table 3-11: Drugs used in the prophylaxis of malaria. For information that can help you and your doctor decide which of these drugs would be best for you, please see Choosing a Drug to Prevent Malaria.
Note: Chloroquine is NOT an effective anti-malarial drug in Senegal and should not be taken to prevent malaria in this region.
To find out more information on malaria throughout the world, you can use the interactive CDC malaria map. You can search or browse countries, cities, and place names for more specific malaria risk information and the recommended prevention medicines for that area.
F. CURRENCY INFORMATION
- There is no limit on imports of foreign currency or traveler's checks. Exports are limited to the amount imported less expenses. Imports or exports of CFA francs are limited to 10,000.
- Exchange currency at banks and some large hotels (hotel rates are usually less favorable). Verbal declaration is required on leaving. Keep adequate records for extensive business transactions involving large sums.
- Travelers can obtain cash from some ATM machines in Senegal. Travelers can obtain cash and/or travelers checks through international credit cards, such as Mastercard, Visa and American Express, by presenting their credit card at a local financial institution sponsoring their card. Travelers can transfer cash through Western Union and Moneygram.
- Credit card fraud is prevelant in Senegal, particularly Dakar. Use of credit cards should be avoided if possible. There have been numerous incidents of credit card fraud, mostly believed to related to “skimming” suring the past year. Incidents have occurred at major hotels and stores. If use is necessary, careful monitoring of accounts is highly recommended.
- Senegal uses one of two African currencies called the CFA franc. Each is the common currency for a particular group of countries, and both are fully convertible into euros at the same rate.
- As of 10 October 2011, approximately 490 CFA francs equaled $1 USD. For a more up-to-date exchange rate, the "links" section of the FCG website shows links to several commercial websites that track the current dollar value of many currencies.
G. CLOTHING RECOMMENDATIONS
- Bring lightweight clothing for daytime and medium-weight clothing for cool winter evenings.
H. TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS
- The Meridien President is air conditioned and suitable year-round. The Novotel, Teranga, and Savana (located downtown, approximate, 20 miles from airport) are also air conditioned and suitable year-round. All these hotels have excellent restaurants in and near them and they offer crew rates. The Meridien President phone number is (221) 820-1515. All hotels are within current per diem rates and offer discounts when reservations are made through US Embassy or USDAO Dakar.
- Hotel space is limited from 1 January through 1 May, the tourist season. Request reservations at least two weeks in advance to secure suitable accommodations during this period. USDAO requires at least 24 hours advance notice of lodging changes or cancellations to preclude charges for unused reserved hotel rooms.
I. TRAVEL PRECAUTIONS AND INFORMATION
- The US Embassy does not always receive timely notification by Senegalese authorities of the arrest of US citizens. US citizens are encouraged to carry a copy of their US passports with them at all times, so that, if questioned by local officials, proof of identity and citizenship are readily available. If arrested, US citizens should always ask to be allowed to contact the US Embassy.
- Senegalese law requires that all persons carry personal identification at all times, and all Senegalese law enforcement officials have the authority to challenge suspicious activity and to request personal identification. Be aware that they may request personal identification even without cause, which is generally not the case in the US. If a US citizen does not cooperate and provide identification, he or she may be detained for up to 48 hours without the filing of formal charges.
- All US citizens in Senegal are advised not to subscribe to or purchase services or equipment from Senegal's new telecommunications company, Sudatel/Expresso. The US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has identified Sudatel as a company owned or controlled by the Government of Sudan. US sanctions prohibit US persons from doing business with companies owned or controlled by the Government of Sudan unless authorized by OFAC.
- It is forbidden to photograph embassies, military installations and police stations in Senegal. For other buildings, such as government ministries, it is best to ask the security personnel guarding the building first before taking any pictures.
- US citizens who are victims or witnesses of a crime are encouraged to report crimes to the police by telephoning 800-00-20-20; 800-00-17-00, Senegal's police hotline numbers. Another 24 hour phone number for the police in Senegal is 33-821-2431. The Government of Senegal has also created a tourist police unit, which may be reached at 221-33 860-3810.
- The local equivalents to the “911” emergency line in Senegal are 800-00-20-20 and 800-00-17-00.