Travel Tips

 HEALTH

Check that your vaccines are up to date. On the spot, pay attention to what you eat and what you drink. Gastric and intestinal disorders are common, although most of the time they are not serious. But do not be paranoid. Do not bathe in stagnant water, bilharziasis is a common disease in Senegal. Consult your doctor for antimalarial treatment.

CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE

Senegal is part of the African Financial Community (CFA) zone. The CFA franc has a fixed parity with the euro (1,000 FCFA = 1,524 euros, 1 euro = 655,957 FCFA). For US dollar, the rate is flexible. To get live exchange rates for US Dollar and other currencies, click this link:

INSURANCE

Check that you are properly insured for your trip. On the spot, insurance companies represent French agencies.

LANGUAGE, US AND CUSTOMS

The official language is French, understood by a good part of the population. There are a dozen national languages (wolof – the most widespread – serere, diola, puular, soninké, mandingue …) and several others less practiced. Greetings are important: do not deceive yourself, use the traditional Arab salutations (Salaam aleikoum, Aleikoum asalaam).

TIME ZONES

Senegal is at GMT time (Universal time).

TELEPHONE AND INTERNET

Indicative of Senegal: 221
The telephone network is of very good quality and you will find telecentres everywhere for your national or international communications, and for sending faxes. Three operators (Orange, Tigo and Expresso) offer cellular telephone services (subscription or card).

www.orange.sn
www.tigo.sn

www.expressotelecom.com