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:
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).
Senegal is at GMT time (Universal time).
TELEPHONE AND INTERNET
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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).