COVID-19 travel advice

Uptaded 05/08/2021

Following updates on Senegal entry requirements, foreign nationals from the 27 EU Member States and countries that have put in place travel ban against passengers coming from Senegal are currently subject to entry restrictions. Specific professional categories from the EU and other countries such are ordinary residents in Senegal, diplomats, military personnel, health care professionals and others are strongly advised to contact the Senegalese Embassy in London so that special travel permission can be issued.

British Nationals are not subject to entry restrictions. However, most airlines require a letter of support from the Embassy of Senegal saying that the passenger is allowed to enter Senegal. As a result, you should check for further updates before making any travel arrangements and request a Special Authorisation to board a flight to Senegal. To obtain this letter, you should send an email to info@senegal-embassy.uk with a filled in Special authorisation to board application form, a copy of your passport and flight itinerary. If you are not a British passport holder, we may require that you submit proof of the essential nature of your travel, depending on whether or not your country of nationality applies entry restrictions to Senegalese nationals.

Nationals of ECOWAS Member States can be issued a Special Authorisation on presentation of their ECOWAS passport and flight itinerary and Special authorisation application form.

To enter Senegal, you must provide, alongside the letter of support issued by a Senegalese Embassy or Consulate, a negative RT-PCR test for COVID-19 dated no more than 5 days earlier. This test should be issued in the country where you started your trip and authorised by competent Public Health Authorities. The UK government says that people should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate their travel to another country. Travellers should instead arrange to take a private test.

For passengers leaving Senegal, a negative COVID-19 test is only required for people travelling to countries where it is mandatory to provide a negative test before boarding a flight. In this case, you can pay for a COVID-19 test, at a cost of 25.000 FCFA, at one of the recognised test centers listed below:

  • Institut Pasteur de Dakar, 36 Avenue Pasteur or on the VDN. Telephone : +221 338399233/232; +221 338592851; +221 781033937
  • L’IRESSEF (Institut de Recherche en Santé , de Surveillance Epidémiologique et de Formation. Pole urbain de Diamniadio, telephone: +221 338722588 ; +221 709541871; +221 777016590; +221 775651176 or Ngor: +221 777689999 ; +221 773844747, or by email: cov-travel@iressef.org
  • Laboratoire de Bactériologie-Virologie, Hôpital Aristide Le Dantec, 30 Avenue Pasteur. Telephone : +221 338893800 ; +221 776333017
  • Le Laboratoire de l’Hôpital militaire de Ouakam, Km 8, route de Ouakam. Telephone: +221 762230485 or +221 773571731.

Questions and Answers

All travelers to Senegal over the age of two years must present an original COVID-19 test certificate showing a negative result. The test must occur within five days of entry into Senegal. The results must be from a PCR test (not a rapid test) and be issued by a laboratory approved for such testing or a recognized international health organization.  Travelers transiting Senegal must also show such proof if they will be present in Senegal more than 24 hours or wish to exit the airport.

Yes and test results reliably available within 72 hours

The cost is FCFA 25,000 per test. Testing must be completed 48-hours prior to travel.

  • L’Institut Pasteur de Dakar
    36 Avenue Pasteur à Dakar
    Centre-ville, and sur la VDN
    à côté de la Gendarmerie de la Foire
    Tel : +221 78 103 3937
    Tel :+221 33 839 9233
    Tel :+221 33 839 9232
  • Institut de Recherche en Santé, de Surveillance Épidémiologique et de Formation
    Pôle urbain de Diamniadio and Ngor
    en face du stade de Ngor
    Tel :+221 70 954 1871,
    Tel :+221 77 7016590,
    Tel :+221 33 872 2588.
    Email: cov-travel@iressef.org
    Walk-in testing is available at this location
  • Le Laboratoire de Bactériologie-Virologie, Hôpital Aristide le Dantec
    30 avenue Pasteur, Dakar
    Tel :+221 33 889 3800,
    Tel :+221 77 633 3017
  • Le Laboratoire de l’Hôpital Militaire de Ouakam
    km 8, Route de Ouakam, Dakar,
    Tel :+221 76 223 0485
    Tel :+221 77 357 1731
  • Le Laboratoire national de Santé publique (LNSP)
    Ex. RIAOM, Quartier 10eme, En face Croix Rouge, Thies
    Tel :+221 775191373
    Tel :+221 763596212
  • Le Laboratoire de l’Hôpital Principal de Dakar (HPD),
    1, Avenue Nelson Mandela, Dakar,
    Tel :+221 775295614
  • Le Laboratoire de Bactériologie-Virologie de l’Hôpital de Fann (LBV Fann),
    Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar,
    Tel :+221 338691818
  • Touba :
    Testing site :
    Soumpou Gui, Madiyana Touba
    Téléphone mobile : + (221) 77 230 61 68
  • Kédougou :
    Testing site :
    HLM Kédougou Villa numéro 18
    Téléphone mobile : + (221) 77 748 00 96
  • Kaolack :
    Testing site :
    Hôpital bou Ndaw, Kasnack
    Dr Amary Fall
    Téléphone mobile : + (221) 77 451 14 51 / + (221) 76 284 59 43
  • Ziguinchor :
    Testing site :
    Hôpital Silence, Ziguinchor
    Idrissa DIENG
    Téléphone mobile : + (221) 76 191 24 47
  • Visitors are not required to quarantine
  • All travelers to Senegal may be required to complete a passenger location form for public health officials, in accordance with recommendations from the International Civil Aviation Organization. The form will be collected on arrival.
  • Respect for safety measures, including physical distancing and the wearing of a mask in all public spaces, workplaces, public and private, transport and shops.
  • It is strongly recommended to follow the recommendations of the local authorities (in particular regarding hygiene on the whole Senegalese territory), available on the site http://www.sante.gouv.sn/Actualites and to consult the Internet site and WHO social networks.
  • You can contact your doctor or referring physician.
  • People wishing to obtain more information or requiring medical support can contact the numbers set up by the Senegalese authorities:
    • 78 172 10 81
    • 70 717 14 92
    • 76 765 97 31
    • Hotline : 800 00 50 50
    • Hotline SAMU : 15 15 or 19 19