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Senegal is a West African country with a rich French colonial heritage and several natural attractions. Although its tourism sector has sharply declined, Senegal is considered a pioneer in the expansion of tourism in Africa. It has great beaches, heritage, friendly people, not to mention the awesome dishes and cuisines.

Moreover, Senegal has a strong diplomatic relationship with Canada in terms of trade and investment. Canadians also visit Senegal for other purposes, especially for tourism.

When traveling to the West African country, Canadians need to have adequate Senegal travel insurance or private medical insurance to protect themselves against medical emergencies, accidents, illness or hospitalization while in Senegal.

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Basic Information About Senegal

Some important information on Senegal Travel Insurance that we think you’ll want to know before you travel.

Name Value
Currency CFA franc, West African CFA franc
Most common languages spoken French, Arabic
Capital Dakar
Continent Africa
Population Approx. 15.85 million
Plug type Plug type C, D, E and K
Driving side Right-hand side
Seasons
  • Rainy season – June to October
  • Dry season – November to May
Laws Local laws and customs

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Senegal Security Measures for travelers

The decision to enter Senegal is your choice and you are also responsible for your personal safety and security. However, the information provided in our Travel Advice is intended to help you to make well-informed decisions as regards traveling outside Canada and also to stay safe.

Risk Level

Senegal – Exercise a high degree of caution

Due to moderate crime level, exercise a high degree of caution in Senegal.

Travel Health Notice – Zika virus

Canadians are advised by the Public Health Agency of Canada to practice special health precautions in Senegal due to the Zika virus. Pregnant and would-be pregnant women should not travel to Senegal.

Entry / Exit requirements

Senegal, just like other countries, decides who enters or exits its borders and the Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet the country’s exit or entry requirements.

The information on this page was obtained from Senegalese authorities; however, it can change at any time. Moreover, you can verify the information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.

Passport

The entry requirements applicable to you depend on the type of passport you use for travel. Check with your transportation company about passport requirements before you travel.

  • Regular Canadian Passport – You must hold a passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date you intend to stay in Senegal.
  • Passport for official travel – Different rules may apply. Learn more about official travel here.
  • Other travel documents – The rules that apply when traveling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document may differ. Find out about entry rules from the closest diplomatic mission for Senegal before you leave.

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Senegal Healthcare

Senegal has both private and public health care services. The health care standard in Senegal is extremely low when compared to Canada’s standard but medical treatments could also be expensive. Some hospitals in Senegal may require cash payments, so, you need to travel with enough money to cover potential costs and the right Senegal travel insurance to cover you against medical emergencies.

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Senegal Travel Insurance News

Ahmadou Bamba Mbaye, a 41-year-old Edmonton man was charged in the death of his partner, who was found dead in a Strathearn home in May 2018.

Mbaye was charged with second-degree murder and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public in the death of Bigue Ndao.

Xalima News based in Senegal revealed that the family had two young daughters who were both born in Canada. Ndao’s sister said that Mbaye returned to Senegal with his family in December 2017 to live there permanently. He confiscated his wife and children’s passport to ensure they don’t return to Canada and he also took a second wife.

According to the Edmonton Police Service, officers found the woman dead when they arrived at a residential suite on Monday, May 7, 2018. The police also said that the two had been estranged for years.

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Senegal Travel Insurance FAQ

Do you need a Visa for travelling to Senegal?

Canadian passport holders are not required to have a visa for stays in Senegal less than 90 days. If you wish to extend your stay in Senegal, you need to leave the country and then re-enter. If you wish to stay for more than 90 days, you need to apply for a visa at the nearest Senegalese consulate or embassy. If you are a visa holder, you can stay in Senegal for 90 days and make plans to obtain a foreign national identity card before the period ends.

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Can I buy multiple travel insurance policies?

You can purchase multiple Senegal travel insurance policies if you are not satisfied with the features and benefits offered in a single policy. But you should not double dip when doing so.

Does travel insurance cover doctor visits?

Your travel insurance policy would cover the cost of doctor visits and other outpatient services.

Can I buy travel insurance the day I leave?

You can purchase Senegal travel insurance the day you leave or later. Some insurers offer usage-based policies that make it possible to purchase coverage on the go and even manage your policy seamlessly.

How long does a travel insurance claim take?

The length of time it takes to receive an outcome depends on the type of claim involved. However, if you provide the necessary documents to your insurer, you should get an outcome in 10-14 business days.