SENEGALESE VISA APPLICATION PROCESS
FOR HOLDERS OF A UK TRAVEL DOCUMENT (Convention 28 July 1951) AND CITIZENS OF RED LIST COUNTRIES
Frequently Asked Questions
I hold a UK travel document (Convention of 28 July 1951) or a passport from a country in the Red list and I’m planning to visit Senegal. How can I apply for a Senegalese visa?
There are two options available to you.
Option 1: Application lodged in London.
Submit your application to the Senegalese embassy and wait for the visa to be approved by the authorities in Dakar (waiting time 4 months minimum).
Option 2: Application lodged in Senegal.
Ask your friend/relative/host in Senegal to submit an in-country (only someone currently residing in Senegal can do this method) visa application for you.
What is the procedure for option 1?
Fill out a visa application form and send it to the Senegalese Embassy in London by email or post.
Are there any supporting documents to include in my application?
Yes, here are required documents (No WhatsApp pictures will be accepted):
- 1 scan of your travel document
- 1 letter of invitation from someone you know in Senegal (with full name, full address, email address and telephone number)
- 1 passport size photo (to be glued to the form before scanning)
What happens next after I apply using option 1?
Your application will be forwarded to the Dakar Central Visa office in Dakar, Senegal for processing and could take some time to complete (around 4 months or more).
What is the procedure for option 2?
You will need to send to your contact in Senegal a copy of your passport which they will take along with an invitation letter written by themselves and a copy of their Senegalese ID to the Ministry of Interior in Dakar and apply on your behalf. Usually after two weeks, a telephone interview will be conducted between your contact and officials at the Ministry of Interior in Dakar. If the interview is satisfactory, a letter will be issued to your contact in Senegal with the instructions that a visa will be stamped on your passport upon arriving at Dakar Blaise Diagne airport. Your contact in Senegal should send you a scan copy of this letter as soon as they receive it.
What are the contact details of the Dakar Central Visa office?
Here are the contact details of the Dakar Visa Office where only in-country visa applications should be submitted.
Direction de la surveillance du territoire
Ministère de l’Intérieur
Cite de la police
Avenue Malick Sy
Dakar – Senegal
TEL: 00 221 33 889 37 55
Is there a fee to pay?
No, all visa application should be free of charge
I also hold a valid Gambian passport; do I still need a visa?
Not if you are using your Gambian passport
I also hold another passport; do I still need a visa?
Check the visa country category list to see whether you are required to apply for a Senegalese visa or not.
I have already purchased an airline ticket and need to travel to Senegal urgently; how can I be issued a fast track Senegalese visa?
We do not have a premium visa service now therefore all applications will have a long lead time.
Are there any requirements for Covid-19 test or travel restrictions?
A negative Covid-19 certificate is compulsory for all travel to Senegal. Please visit the main visa page where more information can be found on Covid-19.
I still have questions that are not answered here, how can I get more information?
You can contact the visa office of the Embassy by email at firstname.lastname@example.org