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Senegal
Republic of Senegal
Last Updated: September 6, 2017
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Embassy Messages
Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

Valid at time of entry

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

1 page per stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Obtainable upon arrival

 

VACCINATIONS:

Yellow fever

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

None

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Dakar

Route des Almadies
Dakar, Senegal
Telephone: +(221) 33-879-4000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(221) 33-879-4444

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Senegal for information on U.S. – Senegal relations. 

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Visit the Embassy of Senegal website for the most current visa information. Evidence of yellow-fever vaccination is required for entry into Senegal for travelers arriving from yellow-fever endemic countries.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Senegal.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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Safety and Security

Visit the U.S. Embassy Dakar website for current messages to U.S. citizens regarding safety and security. 

Terrorism: Senegal has not experienced any recent terrorist attacks. Terrorist groups, such as the al-Qa’ida aligned into Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin (JNIM) are present in West Africa and have specifically targeted westerners in the region. You should maintain situational awareness while traveling in Senegal.

Crime: Street crime, including robberies at knife-point and home burglaries, is very common in Senegal, particularly in urban areas. Beware of pickpockets, purse-snatchers, and thieves on motorized scooters. Robberies occur regularly along the Corniche d’Ouest, an area heavily frequented by tourists and westerners.  

Scams, particulary internet romance scams, are common in Senegal. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of State’s Fact Sheet on International Financial Scams.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime: U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the U.S. Embassy and then the local police.                                   

Report crimes to the local police at 17 or to the Gendarmerie at 800-00-20-20 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +(221) 33-879-4000. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. 

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:

Special Circumstances: Senegal is generally a very tolerant society, and 95 percent of the Senegalese population practice Islam. Be mindful of local social and cultural mores.

Personal Identification: Senegalese law requires all persons to carry valid personal identification at all times, and authorities may detain anyone, including U.S. citizens, who do not cooperate and provide identification. However, to minimize inconvenience in the event of theft, it is recommended that U.S. citizens carry copies, rather than originals, of their passports and other identification documents

Currency: Senegal’s currency is franc of the Communauté Financière d'Afrique (fCFA), which has an exchange rate fixed to the Euro. Senegal has a cash economy. Avoid using ATMs in Senegal. You may be able to transfer from the United States using one of the commercial wire-transfer companies.

U.S. Government Sanctions: All U.S. citizens in Senegal are advised not to subscribe to or purchase services or equipment from the Sudatel/Expresso telecommunications company. The U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has identified Sudatel as a company owned or controlled by the Government of Sudan. U.S. sanctions prohibit U.S. citizens from doing business with companies owned or controlled by the Government of Sudan unless authorized by OFAC. For further information, you may email the OFAC compliance division at OFAC_feedback@do.treas.gov or call the OFAC hotline at 202-622-2490.

LGBTI Travelers: Same-sex sexual relations are criminalized in Senegal. LGBTI individuals routinely face discrimination. Under Article 319 of the Senegalese criminal code, “unnatural acts” are punishable by imprisonment of one to five years and a fine of fCFA 1,000,000 (USD $2,000). Several high-profile cases of arrest under these laws have occurred in recent years.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance. There are almost no accommodations made for individuals with disabilities in Senegal. The few that exist are inadequate or very different from what you will find in the United States.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers:  Rape is a crime in Senegal punishable by up to 10 years in prison in Senegal. However, it is rarely prosecuted. Spousal rape is not a crime. Domestic violence which causes lasting injury is punishable by up to twenty years in prison and, when it causes death, is punishable by life in prison. However, the law against domestic violence is rarely enforced.

Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is not specifically outlawed in Senegal and is commonly practiced in the south and southeast of the country.

See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

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Health

Several hospitals and clinics in Dakar can treat major and minor injuries and illnesses; however, medical facilities outside Dakar are extremely limited, and unprepared to handle major injuries. There is inadequate inpatient psychiatric care and limited office-based psychiatric treatment in Dakar.

Water supplies often carry disease-causing microorganisms. U.S. citizens are encouraged to drink filtered or boiled water, particularly for babies under one year of age.  Wash raw vegetables and fruits in a bleach solution before eating.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

Carry prescription medication in its original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. 

The following diseases are present:

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: Drivers tend to exceed speed limits, follow other vehicles closely, ignore lane markings, and attempt to pass even when facing oncoming traffic.  Roadways are poorly lit and poorly marked, and many sections have deteriorated surfaces. Due to limited street lighting, pedestrians are difficult to see at night. Drivers in both rural and urban areas may frequently expect to encounter and share the road with motorcycles, bicyclists, pedestrians, livestock, and animal carts. For information about automobile accidents in Senegal, visit the U.S. Embassy Dakar website. 

While most main roads in Senegal are in relatively good condition for daytime driving, smaller roads are poor by U.S. standards. During the rainy season, many roads are passable only with four-wheel drive vehicles.

Traffic Laws: Traffic circulates on the right in Senegal. All drivers are expected to carry the following documents in their vehicles: (1) valid driver's license; (2) valid insurance papers; (3) vehicle registration/matriculation card ("carte grise"); (4) "vignette" tax disc for the current year; and (5) valid identification. Copies of U.S. passports must be clear enough to identify the driver of the vehicle.

Public Transportation: U.S. citizens should avoid using motorbikes, van taxis ("cars rapides"), and public transportation. Regulated orange-striped sedan auto taxis are safer, but make sure to agree on a fare before beginning the trip.

See our Road Safety page for more information. 

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Senegal, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Senegal’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards.  Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Senegal should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at www.marad.dot.gov/msci. Information may also be posted to the  U.S. Coast Guard homeport website (https:homeport.uscg.mil), and the NGA broadcast warnings website https://msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal select “broadcast warnings”.

Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
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U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
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Learn why the Hague Abduction Convention Matters.
What You Can Do
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Dakar

Route des Almadies
Dakar, Senegal
Telephone: +(221) 33-879-4000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(221) 33-879-4444

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Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
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Hague Convention Information

Senegal is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Hague countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations, as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of Senegal.

The Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for Senegal on December 1, 2011. However, Senegal has not yet implemented procedures for the processing of Convention adoptions and the Government of Senegal announced in February 2012 that it is temporarily suspending all new intercountry adoptions while it focuses on implementing the Hague Adoption Convention. Transition cases where an adoption dossier was filed with Senegal prior to December 1, 2011, may be completed under the previous “orphan” process.

The U.S. Embassy in Dakar has not been provided with an expected date by which Senegal will fully implement the Hague Adoption Convention. Please continue to monitor adoption.state.gov for updated information.

Please visit the Department’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Senegal and the U.S. Embassy in Dakar’s website for information on consular services.

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Contact Information

Senegal’s Adoption Authority
Directrice de l’Education Suveillée et de la Protection Sociale (DESPS)
Ministere de la Justice
Rue 9 Allées Seydou Nourou Tall X Bourguiba
Point E lot 2 – BP 14736
Dakar Peytavin
Tel: +221-33-824-14-79
Email: mjdesps@orange.sn

U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal 
Avenue Jean XXIII, angle Rue Jacques Bugnicourt - BP 49
Tel: (221) 33 829 2100
Fax: (221) 33 822-5903
Email: ConsularDakar@state.gov
Internet: sn.usembassy.gov/

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
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Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 36 Months
A-2 None Multiple 36 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 3 Months
C-1/D N/A N/A N/A
C-2 None Multiple 3 Months
C-3 None Multiple 3 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 48 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 None Multiple 12 Months
E-2C 12 None Multiple 12 Months
F-1 None Multiple 36 Months
F-2 None Multiple 36 Months
G-1 None Multiple 36 Months
G-2 None Multiple 36 Months
G-3 None Multiple 36 Months
G-4 None Multiple 36 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A 3
H-2B None N/A N/A 3
H-2R None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 12 Months 3
I None Multiple 12 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 12 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 12 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 12 Months
L-2 None Multiple 12 Months
M-1 None Multiple 36 Months
M-2 None Multiple 36 Months
N-8 None Multiple 12 Months
N-9 None Multiple 12 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 12 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 12 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 12 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 12 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 12 Months
R-2 None Multiple 12 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 60 Months
V-2 None Multiple 60 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 60 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Fees:  At the Communes - 200F to 500FCFA, at the “communautes rurales”- 75F to 150FCFA.

Document Name: Extrait du Registre des Actes de Naissance

Issuing Authority: La Mairie’s office

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Depends on the commune but all of them should have a postal stamp with the fees on it, the seal of the commune and the “Officier d’Etat-Civil” and a signature.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: “Officier d’Etat Civil”

Registration Criteria:

  • Births registered within 45 days of the date of delivery: Will show the registry number, name of the child, both parents’ names, and the date and time of the birth.
  • Births registered between 45 days and one year of delivery: Will have the statement “Declaration Tardive” written on the top of the form.
  • Births registered more than one year after delivery: The parents must petition the courts for permission to register the birth. If approved, they must register with the office that has jurisdiction over the birth. Any extract issued will note the birth was registered by court judgment. However, the prosecutor can process this at any time if they notice that the birth was never registered.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants must apply at the La Mairie’s office where the birth took place. Applicants may also apply through Dakar City Hall.  If they don’t register on time, they may contact the court. Sometimes “audiences forraines” are organized to help people register births.

Certified Copies Available: Applicants can go to the “mairie” at any time to obtain a new copy. Usually, for administrative matters, civil documents are only valid 3 months.

Alternate Documents: 'Bulletin de Naissance'

Exceptions: None

Comments: Birth certificates are part of a summary document called the “Etat Civil”. On the reverse side of the “Etat Civil” document is a section entitled 'Mentions Marginales' for recording all the significant civil acts that take place in a person's life, e.g. marriage, birth of children, divorce, etc. Few of the forms, however, will have this information, as the applicant must travel to his or her home district to have the information recorded, despite the fact that the act itself may have occurred in another region.

The 'Bulletin de Naissance' is a summary document, which records the registry number, the child's name, parents' names, and date and hour of birth. The Bulletin de Naissance does not indicate late registration of a birth. There may be a fee for this service. This is an alternate birth certificate and can be accepted for visa purposes. The fees are the same as for an “Extrait de Naissance.”

Death Certificates

Available

Fees: At the Communes - 200F to 500FCFA, at the “communautes rurales”- 75F to 150FCFA.

Document Name: Extrait du Registre des Actes de Deces ou certificat de décès 

Issuing Authority: La Mairie’s office

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Depends on the commune but all of them should have a postal stamp with the fees on it, the seal of the commune and the “officier d’etat-civil” and a signature.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: “Officier d’Etat Civil”

Registration Criteria:  

  • Deaths registered within 45 days:  Will show the registry number, name of the deceased person, both parents’ names, the civil status of the person, where it occurred and the date and time of death.
  • Deaths registered between 45 days and one year: Will have the statement “Declaration Tardive” written on the top of the form.
  • Deaths registered more than a year afterwards: Family members of the deceased must petition the courts for permission to register the death. If approved, they must register with the office that has jurisdiction over the death and submit a note stating that the death was registered by court judgment. However, the prosecutor can do this at any time if they notice that the death was never registered.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should make their application for the Extrait to the La Mairie’s office having jurisdiction over where the death took place. Applicants may also apply through Dakar City Hall. If they don’t register on time, they may contact the court.

Certified Copies Available: Applicants can go to the “mairie” at any time because typically civil documents are only valid for three months.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: At the Communes - 200F to 500FCFA, at the “communautes rurales”- 75F to 150FCFA.

Document Name: Certificat de Mariage Celebre or Certificat de Mariage Constate

Issuing Authority: La Mairie’s office

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: This depends on the commune but all of them should have a postal stamp with the fees on it, the seal of the commune and “Officier d’Etat-Civil”, and the signature.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: “Officier d’Etat Civil”

Registration Criteria: 

  • Marriages registered within six months: Will show the registry number, names of the spouses, and the date of the event.
  • Marriages registered after six months: The spouses must petition the courts for permission to register the marriage. If approved, they must register with the office that has jurisdiction over the marriage and submit the issued extract and a note stating that the marriage was registered by court judgment.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should make their application for a “Certificat" to “La Mairie’s” office that has jurisdiction over where the marriage took place. Applicants may also apply at Dakar City Hall. If they don’t register on time, they may contact the court.

Certified Copies Available: Applicants can go to the “mairie” at any time because civil documents are typically only valid for three months.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: The two different versions of the “Certificat” are based on when the marriage was registered. Couples who register their marriages on the same day as the ceremony receive a “Certificat de Mariage 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: At the Communes - 200F to 500FCFA, at the “communautes rurales”- 75F to 150FCFA.

Document Name: “Certificat de Divorce or Extrait de Jugement de Divorce”

Issuing Authority: La Mairie’s office or “Greffier de Tribunal Civil”

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is a stamp and signature of the “Officier d’Etat-Civil” on the “Certificat de Divorce”. If there is a judgment, there is a stamp and the signature of the prosecutor and the “Greffier en Chef”.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: “Officier d’Etat-Civil”, Prosecutor and “Greffier en Chef”.

Registration Criteria: See “Procedure for Obtaining”

Procedure for Obtaining: 

  • Extrait de Divorce” – Applications for this document need to be submitted to the La Mairie’s office that has jurisdiction over the region where the divorce took place.
  • “Jugement de Divorce” – Applications for this document need to be submitted to the “Greffier de Tribunal Civil” where the judgment of divorce was pronounced.

Certified Copies Available: None available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Either of the documents listed above are acceptable divorce certificates in Senegal.

Adoption Certificates

Unavailable

Comments: There are no adoptions in Senegal since 2011.

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Identity Card

Available

Fees: Free but for the new versions, there is a 10000 fee for anyone who didn’t apply on time.

Document Name: “Carte Nationale d’Identité”

Issuing Authority: “Directeur Général de la Sûreté Nationale”

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Signature of the authority, cards have microchips

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: “Directeur Général de la Sûreté Nationale”

Registration Criteria: Citizen of Senegal

Procedure for Obtaining: Apply at the center designated by the authority.

Certified Copies Available: None available

Alternate Documents: Passports – Please see Travel Documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:  There is a new version (CEDEAO) but the old versions are still valid.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Available

Fees: CFA 200

Document Name: “Extrait de Casier Judiciaire” or “Certificat de bonne vie et mœurs”

Issuing Authority: 

  • Senegal Citizens – The civil court in the region where the applicant was born.
  • Non-Senegalese Citizens - “Greffier de la Cour D'Appel Du Tribunal Departemental de Dakar”

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Stamps and signatures of the Prosecutor and “Greffier en Chef”.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Prosecutor and “Greffier en Chef”

Registration Criteria:  See “Procedure for Obtaining”

Procedure for Obtaining: 

  • Applicants inside Senegal – Application should be submitted to the civil court in the region of birth. Fees may be paid in person. They cannot be mailed. The courts are located in the following regional capitals: Dakar, Diourbel, Kaolack, Fatick, Kolda, Louga, St. Louis, Tambacounda, Thies and Ziguinchor, and Matam (which is operational). Records are normally processed in 24 hours. 
  • Applicants outside Senegal – Unavailable

Certified Copies Available: None available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Senegal's system for records of convictions is not automated. Searches for police certificates are conducted manually through the tribunal's log books. Convictions are indexed by name. All convictions for foreigners are centralized at the "Section Des Etrangers" (Foreigners' Section).

Prison Records

Available

Comments: Prison records are included as part of the Casier Judiciare. Please see Police Records

Court Records

Available

Fees:  1000 to 2000 CFA

Document Name:  Judgment

Issuing Authority: The court the judgment took place at

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: This information is not available

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Judge

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact the court house where the judgment took place and request a copy of the record

Certified Copies Available: None

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Military Records

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: “Certificat de Position Militaire” for non-military and “Etat signalétique et des services”for military

Issuing Authority: “Chef de la division de Recrutement-Mobilisation”

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Stamp and signature of the chief

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: “Chef de la division de Recrutement-Mobilisation”

Registration Criteria: Citizen of Senegal

Procedure for Obtaining: Application for a military record should be made to “Bureau de Recrutement-Mobilisation”, l'Etat Major-General, Camp Dial Diop, Dakar.

Certified Copies Available: None available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.):  Regular, Diplomatic and Official

Fees: 20000FCFA (10000F for students)

Document Name: Passport

Issuing Government Authority: MINT/DGSN/DPETV

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Dry seal on third page

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: MINT/DGSN/DPETV

Registration Criteria: Citizen of Senegal

Procedure for Obtaining: Pay fees, book appointment with the call center, and submit ID or birth certificate to the “Bureau des Passeports”.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Other Documents Available: There are no other documents available.

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Dakar, Senegal (Embassy)

Post Title: Embassy

Address:
B.P. 49
Dakar, Senegal

Phone Number:  (221) 33879-4000, Fax: (221) 822-5903

Email: dakarimmigrantvisa@state.gov

Visa Services: US Embassy Dakar processes immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. US Embassy Dakar also processes immigrant visas for The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, and Mauritania.

Comments / Additional Information:

 

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Senegal. In addition, Dakar provides immigrant visa services for the following areas:

  • The Gambia
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guinea

 

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 234-0540 (202) 629-2961

Houston, TX (713) 706-3300 (713) 706-3304

New York, NY (917) 493-8950 (917) 493-8953

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Dakar
Route des Almadies
Dakar, Senegal
Telephone
+(221) 33-879-4000
Emergency
+(221) 33-879-4444
Fax
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Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

Country Information

Senegal
Republic of Senegal
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Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

Valid at time of entry

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

1 page per stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Obtainable upon arrival

 

VACCINATIONS:

Yellow fever

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

None

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Dakar

Route des Almadies
Dakar, Senegal
Telephone: +(221) 33-879-4000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(221) 33-879-4444

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Senegal for information on U.S. – Senegal relations. 

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Visit the Embassy of Senegal website for the most current visa information. Evidence of yellow-fever vaccination is required for entry into Senegal for travelers arriving from yellow-fever endemic countries.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Senegal.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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Safety and Security

Visit the U.S. Embassy Dakar website for current messages to U.S. citizens regarding safety and security. 

Terrorism: Senegal has not experienced any recent terrorist attacks. Terrorist groups, such as the al-Qa’ida aligned into Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin (JNIM) are present in West Africa and have specifically targeted westerners in the region. You should maintain situational awareness while traveling in Senegal.

Crime: Street crime, including robberies at knife-point and home burglaries, is very common in Senegal, particularly in urban areas. Beware of pickpockets, purse-snatchers, and thieves on motorized scooters. Robberies occur regularly along the Corniche d’Ouest, an area heavily frequented by tourists and westerners.  

Scams, particulary internet romance scams, are common in Senegal. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of State’s Fact Sheet on International Financial Scams.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime: U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the U.S. Embassy and then the local police.                                   

Report crimes to the local police at 17 or to the Gendarmerie at 800-00-20-20 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +(221) 33-879-4000. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. 

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:

Special Circumstances: Senegal is generally a very tolerant society, and 95 percent of the Senegalese population practice Islam. Be mindful of local social and cultural mores.

Personal Identification: Senegalese law requires all persons to carry valid personal identification at all times, and authorities may detain anyone, including U.S. citizens, who do not cooperate and provide identification. However, to minimize inconvenience in the event of theft, it is recommended that U.S. citizens carry copies, rather than originals, of their passports and other identification documents

Currency: Senegal’s currency is franc of the Communauté Financière d'Afrique (fCFA), which has an exchange rate fixed to the Euro. Senegal has a cash economy. Avoid using ATMs in Senegal. You may be able to transfer from the United States using one of the commercial wire-transfer companies.

U.S. Government Sanctions: All U.S. citizens in Senegal are advised not to subscribe to or purchase services or equipment from the Sudatel/Expresso telecommunications company. The U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has identified Sudatel as a company owned or controlled by the Government of Sudan. U.S. sanctions prohibit U.S. citizens from doing business with companies owned or controlled by the Government of Sudan unless authorized by OFAC. For further information, you may email the OFAC compliance division at OFAC_feedback@do.treas.gov or call the OFAC hotline at 202-622-2490.

LGBTI Travelers: Same-sex sexual relations are criminalized in Senegal. LGBTI individuals routinely face discrimination. Under Article 319 of the Senegalese criminal code, “unnatural acts” are punishable by imprisonment of one to five years and a fine of fCFA 1,000,000 (USD $2,000). Several high-profile cases of arrest under these laws have occurred in recent years.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance. There are almost no accommodations made for individuals with disabilities in Senegal. The few that exist are inadequate or very different from what you will find in the United States.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers:  Rape is a crime in Senegal punishable by up to 10 years in prison in Senegal. However, it is rarely prosecuted. Spousal rape is not a crime. Domestic violence which causes lasting injury is punishable by up to twenty years in prison and, when it causes death, is punishable by life in prison. However, the law against domestic violence is rarely enforced.

Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is not specifically outlawed in Senegal and is commonly practiced in the south and southeast of the country.

See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

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Health

Several hospitals and clinics in Dakar can treat major and minor injuries and illnesses; however, medical facilities outside Dakar are extremely limited, and unprepared to handle major injuries. There is inadequate inpatient psychiatric care and limited office-based psychiatric treatment in Dakar.

Water supplies often carry disease-causing microorganisms. U.S. citizens are encouraged to drink filtered or boiled water, particularly for babies under one year of age.  Wash raw vegetables and fruits in a bleach solution before eating.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

Carry prescription medication in its original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. 

The following diseases are present:

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: Drivers tend to exceed speed limits, follow other vehicles closely, ignore lane markings, and attempt to pass even when facing oncoming traffic.  Roadways are poorly lit and poorly marked, and many sections have deteriorated surfaces. Due to limited street lighting, pedestrians are difficult to see at night. Drivers in both rural and urban areas may frequently expect to encounter and share the road with motorcycles, bicyclists, pedestrians, livestock, and animal carts. For information about automobile accidents in Senegal, visit the U.S. Embassy Dakar website. 

While most main roads in Senegal are in relatively good condition for daytime driving, smaller roads are poor by U.S. standards. During the rainy season, many roads are passable only with four-wheel drive vehicles.

Traffic Laws: Traffic circulates on the right in Senegal. All drivers are expected to carry the following documents in their vehicles: (1) valid driver's license; (2) valid insurance papers; (3) vehicle registration/matriculation card ("carte grise"); (4) "vignette" tax disc for the current year; and (5) valid identification. Copies of U.S. passports must be clear enough to identify the driver of the vehicle.

Public Transportation: U.S. citizens should avoid using motorbikes, van taxis ("cars rapides"), and public transportation. Regulated orange-striped sedan auto taxis are safer, but make sure to agree on a fare before beginning the trip.

See our Road Safety page for more information. 

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Senegal, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Senegal’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards.  Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Senegal should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at www.marad.dot.gov/msci. Information may also be posted to the  U.S. Coast Guard homeport website (https:homeport.uscg.mil), and the NGA broadcast warnings website https://msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal select “broadcast warnings”.

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Dakar

Route des Almadies
Dakar, Senegal
Telephone: +(221) 33-879-4000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(221) 33-879-4444

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Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

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Hague Adoption Convention Country?
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Hague Convention Information

Senegal is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Hague countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations, as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of Senegal.

The Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for Senegal on December 1, 2011. However, Senegal has not yet implemented procedures for the processing of Convention adoptions and the Government of Senegal announced in February 2012 that it is temporarily suspending all new intercountry adoptions while it focuses on implementing the Hague Adoption Convention. Transition cases where an adoption dossier was filed with Senegal prior to December 1, 2011, may be completed under the previous “orphan” process.

The U.S. Embassy in Dakar has not been provided with an expected date by which Senegal will fully implement the Hague Adoption Convention. Please continue to monitor adoption.state.gov for updated information.

Please visit the Department’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Senegal and the U.S. Embassy in Dakar’s website for information on consular services.

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Contact Information

Senegal’s Adoption Authority
Directrice de l’Education Suveillée et de la Protection Sociale (DESPS)
Ministere de la Justice
Rue 9 Allées Seydou Nourou Tall X Bourguiba
Point E lot 2 – BP 14736
Dakar Peytavin
Tel: +221-33-824-14-79
Email: mjdesps@orange.sn

U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal 
Avenue Jean XXIII, angle Rue Jacques Bugnicourt - BP 49
Tel: (221) 33 829 2100
Fax: (221) 33 822-5903
Email: ConsularDakar@state.gov
Internet: sn.usembassy.gov/

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 36 Months
A-2 None Multiple 36 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 3 Months
C-1/D N/A N/A N/A
C-2 None Multiple 3 Months
C-3 None Multiple 3 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 48 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 None Multiple 12 Months
E-2C 12 None Multiple 12 Months
F-1 None Multiple 36 Months
F-2 None Multiple 36 Months
G-1 None Multiple 36 Months
G-2 None Multiple 36 Months
G-3 None Multiple 36 Months
G-4 None Multiple 36 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A 3
H-2B None N/A N/A 3
H-2R None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 12 Months 3
I None Multiple 12 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 12 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 12 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 12 Months
L-2 None Multiple 12 Months
M-1 None Multiple 36 Months
M-2 None Multiple 36 Months
N-8 None Multiple 12 Months
N-9 None Multiple 12 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 12 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 12 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 12 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 12 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 12 Months
R-2 None Multiple 12 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 60 Months
V-2 None Multiple 60 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 60 Months 8
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Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Fees:  At the Communes - 200F to 500FCFA, at the “communautes rurales”- 75F to 150FCFA.

Document Name: Extrait du Registre des Actes de Naissance

Issuing Authority: La Mairie’s office

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Depends on the commune but all of them should have a postal stamp with the fees on it, the seal of the commune and the “Officier d’Etat-Civil” and a signature.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: “Officier d’Etat Civil”

Registration Criteria:

  • Births registered within 45 days of the date of delivery: Will show the registry number, name of the child, both parents’ names, and the date and time of the birth.
  • Births registered between 45 days and one year of delivery: Will have the statement “Declaration Tardive” written on the top of the form.
  • Births registered more than one year after delivery: The parents must petition the courts for permission to register the birth. If approved, they must register with the office that has jurisdiction over the birth. Any extract issued will note the birth was registered by court judgment. However, the prosecutor can process this at any time if they notice that the birth was never registered.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants must apply at the La Mairie’s office where the birth took place. Applicants may also apply through Dakar City Hall.  If they don’t register on time, they may contact the court. Sometimes “audiences forraines” are organized to help people register births.

Certified Copies Available: Applicants can go to the “mairie” at any time to obtain a new copy. Usually, for administrative matters, civil documents are only valid 3 months.

Alternate Documents: 'Bulletin de Naissance'

Exceptions: None

Comments: Birth certificates are part of a summary document called the “Etat Civil”. On the reverse side of the “Etat Civil” document is a section entitled 'Mentions Marginales' for recording all the significant civil acts that take place in a person's life, e.g. marriage, birth of children, divorce, etc. Few of the forms, however, will have this information, as the applicant must travel to his or her home district to have the information recorded, despite the fact that the act itself may have occurred in another region.

The 'Bulletin de Naissance' is a summary document, which records the registry number, the child's name, parents' names, and date and hour of birth. The Bulletin de Naissance does not indicate late registration of a birth. There may be a fee for this service. This is an alternate birth certificate and can be accepted for visa purposes. The fees are the same as for an “Extrait de Naissance.”

Death Certificates

Available

Fees: At the Communes - 200F to 500FCFA, at the “communautes rurales”- 75F to 150FCFA.

Document Name: Extrait du Registre des Actes de Deces ou certificat de décès 

Issuing Authority: La Mairie’s office

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Depends on the commune but all of them should have a postal stamp with the fees on it, the seal of the commune and the “officier d’etat-civil” and a signature.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: “Officier d’Etat Civil”

Registration Criteria:  

  • Deaths registered within 45 days:  Will show the registry number, name of the deceased person, both parents’ names, the civil status of the person, where it occurred and the date and time of death.
  • Deaths registered between 45 days and one year: Will have the statement “Declaration Tardive” written on the top of the form.
  • Deaths registered more than a year afterwards: Family members of the deceased must petition the courts for permission to register the death. If approved, they must register with the office that has jurisdiction over the death and submit a note stating that the death was registered by court judgment. However, the prosecutor can do this at any time if they notice that the death was never registered.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should make their application for the Extrait to the La Mairie’s office having jurisdiction over where the death took place. Applicants may also apply through Dakar City Hall. If they don’t register on time, they may contact the court.

Certified Copies Available: Applicants can go to the “mairie” at any time because typically civil documents are only valid for three months.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: At the Communes - 200F to 500FCFA, at the “communautes rurales”- 75F to 150FCFA.

Document Name: Certificat de Mariage Celebre or Certificat de Mariage Constate

Issuing Authority: La Mairie’s office

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: This depends on the commune but all of them should have a postal stamp with the fees on it, the seal of the commune and “Officier d’Etat-Civil”, and the signature.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: “Officier d’Etat Civil”

Registration Criteria: 

  • Marriages registered within six months: Will show the registry number, names of the spouses, and the date of the event.
  • Marriages registered after six months: The spouses must petition the courts for permission to register the marriage. If approved, they must register with the office that has jurisdiction over the marriage and submit the issued extract and a note stating that the marriage was registered by court judgment.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should make their application for a “Certificat" to “La Mairie’s” office that has jurisdiction over where the marriage took place. Applicants may also apply at Dakar City Hall. If they don’t register on time, they may contact the court.

Certified Copies Available: Applicants can go to the “mairie” at any time because civil documents are typically only valid for three months.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: The two different versions of the “Certificat” are based on when the marriage was registered. Couples who register their marriages on the same day as the ceremony receive a “Certificat de Mariage 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: At the Communes - 200F to 500FCFA, at the “communautes rurales”- 75F to 150FCFA.

Document Name: “Certificat de Divorce or Extrait de Jugement de Divorce”

Issuing Authority: La Mairie’s office or “Greffier de Tribunal Civil”

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is a stamp and signature of the “Officier d’Etat-Civil” on the “Certificat de Divorce”. If there is a judgment, there is a stamp and the signature of the prosecutor and the “Greffier en Chef”.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: “Officier d’Etat-Civil”, Prosecutor and “Greffier en Chef”.

Registration Criteria: See “Procedure for Obtaining”

Procedure for Obtaining: 

  • Extrait de Divorce” – Applications for this document need to be submitted to the La Mairie’s office that has jurisdiction over the region where the divorce took place.
  • “Jugement de Divorce” – Applications for this document need to be submitted to the “Greffier de Tribunal Civil” where the judgment of divorce was pronounced.

Certified Copies Available: None available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Either of the documents listed above are acceptable divorce certificates in Senegal.

Adoption Certificates

Unavailable

Comments: There are no adoptions in Senegal since 2011.

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Identity Card

Available

Fees: Free but for the new versions, there is a 10000 fee for anyone who didn’t apply on time.

Document Name: “Carte Nationale d’Identité”

Issuing Authority: “Directeur Général de la Sûreté Nationale”

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Signature of the authority, cards have microchips

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: “Directeur Général de la Sûreté Nationale”

Registration Criteria: Citizen of Senegal

Procedure for Obtaining: Apply at the center designated by the authority.

Certified Copies Available: None available

Alternate Documents: Passports – Please see Travel Documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:  There is a new version (CEDEAO) but the old versions are still valid.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Available

Fees: CFA 200

Document Name: “Extrait de Casier Judiciaire” or “Certificat de bonne vie et mœurs”

Issuing Authority: 

  • Senegal Citizens – The civil court in the region where the applicant was born.
  • Non-Senegalese Citizens - “Greffier de la Cour D'Appel Du Tribunal Departemental de Dakar”

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Stamps and signatures of the Prosecutor and “Greffier en Chef”.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Prosecutor and “Greffier en Chef”

Registration Criteria:  See “Procedure for Obtaining”

Procedure for Obtaining: 

  • Applicants inside Senegal – Application should be submitted to the civil court in the region of birth. Fees may be paid in person. They cannot be mailed. The courts are located in the following regional capitals: Dakar, Diourbel, Kaolack, Fatick, Kolda, Louga, St. Louis, Tambacounda, Thies and Ziguinchor, and Matam (which is operational). Records are normally processed in 24 hours. 
  • Applicants outside Senegal – Unavailable

Certified Copies Available: None available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Senegal's system for records of convictions is not automated. Searches for police certificates are conducted manually through the tribunal's log books. Convictions are indexed by name. All convictions for foreigners are centralized at the "Section Des Etrangers" (Foreigners' Section).

Prison Records

Available

Comments: Prison records are included as part of the Casier Judiciare. Please see Police Records

Court Records

Available

Fees:  1000 to 2000 CFA

Document Name:  Judgment

Issuing Authority: The court the judgment took place at

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: This information is not available

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Judge

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact the court house where the judgment took place and request a copy of the record

Certified Copies Available: None

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Military Records

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: “Certificat de Position Militaire” for non-military and “Etat signalétique et des services”for military

Issuing Authority: “Chef de la division de Recrutement-Mobilisation”

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Stamp and signature of the chief

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: “Chef de la division de Recrutement-Mobilisation”

Registration Criteria: Citizen of Senegal

Procedure for Obtaining: Application for a military record should be made to “Bureau de Recrutement-Mobilisation”, l'Etat Major-General, Camp Dial Diop, Dakar.

Certified Copies Available: None available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.):  Regular, Diplomatic and Official

Fees: 20000FCFA (10000F for students)

Document Name: Passport

Issuing Government Authority: MINT/DGSN/DPETV

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Dry seal on third page

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: MINT/DGSN/DPETV

Registration Criteria: Citizen of Senegal

Procedure for Obtaining: Pay fees, book appointment with the call center, and submit ID or birth certificate to the “Bureau des Passeports”.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Other Documents Available: There are no other documents available.

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Dakar, Senegal (Embassy)

Post Title: Embassy

Address:
B.P. 49
Dakar, Senegal

Phone Number:  (221) 33879-4000, Fax: (221) 822-5903

Email: dakarimmigrantvisa@state.gov

Visa Services: US Embassy Dakar processes immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. US Embassy Dakar also processes immigrant visas for The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, and Mauritania.

Comments / Additional Information:

 

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Senegal. In addition, Dakar provides immigrant visa services for the following areas:

  • The Gambia
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guinea

 

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 234-0540 (202) 629-2961

Houston, TX (713) 706-3300 (713) 706-3304

New York, NY (917) 493-8950 (917) 493-8953

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Dakar
Route des Almadies
Dakar, Senegal
Telephone
+(221) 33-879-4000
Emergency
+(221) 33-879-4444
Fax
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