Senegal Visa Compulsory For All Nationalities July 1st 2013
As you may or may not know, ALL nationalities except ECOWAS citizens and Moroccans and Mauritanians need a visa for Senegal as of July 1st 2013.
I do know that with pre enrollment and payment on the Senegal visa website you can get a 3 month multi entry visa at Dakar airport.
But for us overlanders it's not looking so easy. They have said it will be obtainable at the borders, but nobody knows how long it will take for this to become a reality. I for one do not fancy turning up at Diama or Rosso and dealing with the crooks there without a Senegal visa.
Rabat and Nouakchott Senegal embassies will only issue them to residents of those countries (bit odd, as residents here don't need a visa in the first place).
Reports suggest that only the 4 Senegal embassies/consulates in France (Paris, Marseilles, Lyon, Bordeaux) and the one in Berlin and Brussels are currently authorised to issue visas (they have the biometric facilities there). People also reporting the one in Banjul can issue them.
For those of us coming from Europe it's all a big headache. The Senegal embassy in London 100% will not issue the new biometric visa they don't have the facilities to do so. I am tempted to try at one of the embassies in France as we are passing through there, but concerned they will say as a non resident of France I can't get one there. Any thoughts?
Anybody have any more up to date information to share? This could really affect overlanders as the season for West Africa approaches.