- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Entry requirements
- Embassy Contact
General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
Avoid non-essential travel
Security Status Last Updated: 17 March 2020
Be especially vigilant in the Casamence region.
Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Senegal.
On 23 March, President Macky Sall declared a national state of emergency. The range of measures designed to stop the spread of the virus includes a curfew from 20h00 to 06h00 and limiting and prohibiting travel from one region to another. If you are travelling between Senegal’s regions you will need to obtain the authorisation to do so from Governor or Préfet. Measures also include the possibility of: prohibiting gatherings and demonstrations on public highways; prohibiting the movement of people, vehicles and goods in given locations or times; and banning public or private meeting spaces as well as all public or private gatherings that could lead to civil disturbance. The Senegalese authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), including a ban on all commercial air transport since 20 March, with the exception of flights with ‘special authorisation’. Senegal’s borders with neighbouring countries are closed, except for goods vehicles in the case of Mali and Guinea.
The government of Senegal is encouraging those with any information or concerns about coronavirus to call this number: +221 800 00 50 50. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans. See link to relevant website below. Website of the Senegalese Ministry of Health (in French)
On 23 March, President Macky Sall declared a national state of emergency. The range of measures designed to stop the spread of the virus includes a curfew from 20h00 to 06h00 and limiting and prohibiting travel from one region to another. The Senegalese authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), including a ban on all commercial air transport since 20 March, with the exception of flights with ‘special authorisation’. Senegal’s borders with neighbouring countries are closed, except for goods vehicles in the case of Mali and Guinea.
The government of Senegal is encouraging those with any information or concerns about coronavirus to call this number: +221 800 00 50 50.
You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.
See link to relevant website below.
Website of the Senegalese Ministry of Health (in French): http://www.sante.gouv.sn/
Additional information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:
Because there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in Senegal, we’re limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, you can contact our Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.
The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems when you’re in Niger, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.
EU Directive on Consular Protection
Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.
Our tips for safe travels
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates
- Read our Topical ‘Know Before You Go’ guide
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
Senegal is a popular destination with tourists and most visits there are trouble-free. However, you should be careful of pickpockets in Dakar, especially at the airport, and in the areas around Place de l’Independance, the central area of the Plateau and the Western Corniche.
We advise travellers to be vigilant about potential scams, particularly business transactions offered over the internet which seem too good to be true or a slow-blossoming internet romance with sudden requests for financial assistance.
The Casasmance region in the south west continues to experience incidents involving armed bandits, separatists and clashes between the military and the MFDC (Movement of the Democratic Forces of Casamance). You should avoid all road travel in the Casamance region to the west of Kolda, other than daytime travel on the main Ziguinchor to Cap Skiring road or the Sao Domingos to Ziguinchor road. Always monitor the local security situation and local media for security developments. Land mines remain problematic in this area so ensure to stick to paved roads and to take local advice.
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.
Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.
Your policy should cover:
- All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
- Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.
- 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
- Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
- Lost and stolen possessions.
- Cancellation and curtailment.
- Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).
Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.
Check with a doctor what vaccinations you may need for your trip at least eight weeks before you travel. You can find out more information about vaccinations on the HSE’s website.
If your passport is lost or stolen while you’re abroad, we can help.
What we can do:
- Issue you a replacement passport that will let you finish your trip, or;
- Issue you with an emergency travel document to get you home.
We’ll do our best to help you as quickly as possible but this can take some time. Your location and circumstances may limit the help we can give you. Is Ireland does not have an Embassy or Consulate in Senegal there may be additional complications in processing and application for a new passport.
You should contact the Irish Embassy in Abuja in Nigeria to find out what you need to do to apply for a passport. They will also be able to advise you on the fees which apply.
Where emergency consular assistance is required for Irish citizens outside of opening hours, please leave a message at: +30 210 7232771. This mailbox is monitored regularly. Alternatively, you can contact the Duty Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin at: +353 1 478 0822.
Embassy of Ireland
11 Negro Crescent
Monday to Thursday 09:00-16:00; Friday 09:00-12:00
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.