Senegal visa requirements for Sierra Leoneans

Travel and visa requirements

Senegalese Visa is not required for Sierra Leoneans

Stay Duration: 90 days

Entry Requirements

  • Sierra Leone citizen intending to visit Senegal can be granted a visa-free entry for a maximum period of 90 days.
  • Tourists who wish to stay beyond the 90-day validity should apply for an extension at the Immigration department in Senegal.
  • Intending visitors are required to have a passport valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of arrival in Senegal. The passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps.
  • Visitors to Senegal must provide proof of accommodation for their entire stay in the country. This could be in the form of a confirmed hotel booking or a letter from a host living in Senegal.
  • Visitors under the age of 18 must show a copy of their birth certificate and travel authorization from their parents or guardians.
  • Sierra Leoneans visiting Senegal with pets must have a health certificate and proof of rabies vaccination no more than 30 days prior to arrival. 
  • A Veterinarian health certificate issued less than 48 hours before departure is also required.
  • Tourists are also required to provide proof of enough funds to spend during their stay in the country.
  • On entry and exit,Sierra Leoneans with amounts above XOF 20,000 will be required to declare it.
  • No airport tax is levied on visitors upon arrival at the aiport.
  • Visitors are required to provide proof of yellow fever vaccination.
  • Prospective visitors can get to Senegal from Lungi International Airport, Freetown.
  • The estimated flight time from Freetown to Dakar, Senegal is 1 hour 35 minutes.
  • The power and socket plug used in Senegal are of Type C, D, E and K. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
  • West African CFA franc is the official currency used in Senegal. Visitors can exchange their foreign currency at various banks and exchange outlets in the country.
  • Islam is the predominant religion in Senegal with about 94% of the Senegalese population being Muslims. The Christian community takes up 4.1% of the population while a few people take up the indigenous faith.
  • French is the official language in Senegal while Wolof is considered as its lingua franca because it is widely spoken by a majority of its population.Since Senegal is 94% Muslim, Arabic is also widespread
  • Kissing as a greeting is acceptable but kissing romantically in public is not.
  • Tourists are advised to respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times.
  • Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, Saloum Delta National Park and Natural Reserve of Popenguine are some of the tourist destinations in Senegal.
  • Bassi-salté, sombi, maafe, boulette de poisson and chere are some delicacies tourists can try while in Senegal.
  • Wrestling is the most popular sport in Senegal.
  • Senegal has a tropical climate, with a dry season from December to April characterized by hot, dry, harmattan wind.  The rainy season runs from May to November. 
  • There is no time difference between Sierra Leone and Senegal.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to travel to Senegal?

Senegal can be visited any time of year. However, the Senegalese summer, with its intense heat, is not for everyone, especially if you are not used to it. Therefore, the best times of year to visit are between the months of November and May (the rainy season).

Are credit cards acceptable in Senegal?

Credits card are acceptable in Senegal. However, they are only accepted in the most modern and well-connected hotels and restaurants.

Is Senegal safe?

Senegal is known for being a safe country. The locals are friendly, and robberies and violent crime against tourists are uncommon.