Senegal

Latest update: - Authors: Mieke Croughs, Ula Maniewski-Kelner

COVID-19

Travelling to red countries outside the EU or Schengen area is not recommended if you have not been vaccinated.

Take a look at the general preventive measures related to COVID-19.

Check the current security situation on the federal government website and register your itinerary on Travellers Online.

This page contains the main health risks for travellers and general recommendations. Travel conditions are different for everyone and each patient's health condition varies. Discuss your trip during a travel consultation with your doctor or in a travel clinic, preferably six to eight weeks before departure.

Important health risks

Malaria

There is a high risk of malaria in the centre and in the south of the country. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning, in combination with the use of malaria tablets. 

There is a seasonal malaria risk in the northern Sahel and the northerncoast, including Dakar city, Saly and Saint-Louis:

In case of fever during or after your journey, get tested for malaria as soon as possible.

Yellow fever

There is a risk of yellow fever.

Other insect-borne diseases

Insects can transmit diseases such as dengue, chikungunyazika and leishmaniasis.

Protect yourself against insects

Tick-borne diseases

Ticks can transmit diseases such as African tick bite fever.

Rabies

Dogs and other mammals can be infected with rabies.

Schistosomiasis

There is a risk of infection with schistosomiasis when swimming or bathing in lakes and rivers.

Female circumcision

Girls who visit their family in this country are sometimes circumcised.

Other possible infections

Other frequent health risks while travelling

Read these tips before you leave.

Vaccinations

Yellow fever

Recommended, sometimes mandatory

Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

Vaccination is mandatory from the age of nine months: 

  • If you are departing from another country where yellow fever can occur (see maps).
  • If you have been in transit through the airport of a country where yellow fever occurs.

This vaccination must be administered at least ten days prior to arrival by an official yellow fever vaccination centre and must be registered in an International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis.

Hepatitis A

Recommended

Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

Update of basic vaccinations

Recommended

Polio

Recommended

A single booster of polio vaccination is recommended for all travelers to Asia or Africa aged 16 years or older.

Other vaccinations

Recommended for some travelers

Discuss with your doctor whether one of the following vaccinations is recommended for you:

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