Immigration in Senegal
There are some countries including the United States, countries in the European Union (EU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) nations, that can enjoy visa-free travel for up to 90 days in Senegal.
Visa-free travel in Senegal is extended to foreign nationals who have at least six months validity on their passports from their date of entry.
Visa-exempt countries who intend on staying for less than three months only need to state their place of stay at the immigration office upon arrival.
Long stay Visa
A long-stay visa is issued to foreign nationals who wish to stay longer than 90 days. A long-stay visa is valid for six months to one year. The application for this visa can be lodged at the Territorial Surveillance Directorate.
EU, ECOWAS and US foreign nationals are eligible for visa waivers and do not require a business visa to conduct business activities in Senegal.
For those in non-visa exempt countries, they must acquire a Business Visa before travelling to Senegal from a Senegalese Embassy or Consulate.
A work permit is issued to foreign nationals who are offered employment opportunity in Senegal. They are commonly issued for an initial 24 months and can be renewed.
If an expat seeks to work in Senegal for the long term, it is best to apply for a foreigner identity card. A foreigner identity card is valid for five years and renewable. The application can be lodged at the Foreigners and Travel Documents Police Department in Dakar.
A residence permit is issued to a foreign national who wants to stay for an extended period in Senegal. Foreign nationals will have to go through two biometric visas for six months and thereafter do they become eligible for a residence permit. Residence permits are issued for six months and are renewable.