COVID-19 travel guidance

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 / embassenelondres@btconnect.com with 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.

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 40.000 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.