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Old 23 Jul 2013
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Senegal Visa Compulsory For All Nationalities July 1st 2013

Hi Guys,

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.

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Just had this back from the Snedai office.....anybody confirm this is accurate? I have my suspicions, I suspect she is simply writing out what is on a bit of paper, and not what is actually the situation at the borders:

Dear sir

In response to your query ,you can apply online before you go by road .Once the application is validated you will receive two email first is immediate is the registration receipt and another within 48 hours. In your case please print his emails and travelling with you can get your visa at the border Mauritania Rosso we have a team
To do your enrollment online choose other country .Do not hesitate to come back if you have any other question

Thank

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I've send emails asking for informations to the embassys in berlin, bruxelles and in hague one month ago. so far no reply and i don't think i'll get any.
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hi,
at the german wuestenschiff board 2 people stated that they did it exactly that way and they got the visa without any problems at july 8th. at rosso.
they applied online when they were in mauritania .
anyway they said this is not possible at diama, only rosso.

Wüstenschiff • Thema anzeigen - Visum für Senegal (17.07. 23:22, user: 7palava)

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Hi Todo,

Thank you so much for the information I really do appreciate it. If true, it does make our lives ALOT easier.

I just had another response from the SNEDAI office:

Dear sir

Don’t worry Rosso began the deliver visa I give you this assurance try to do your enrollment online and travelling with the official document

Thank

MAME SIRA VARORE
OPERATOR ONLINE

I just hope it is true!

If anybody else is passing Rosso I would very much appreciate hearing about your experience.

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Does anyone know how long the pre-registration will be valid for?
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there is a embassy in oslo aswell...our icelandic travelling partners got the visas there last year as they always needed visas for senegal
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Same as us, we had Aussie/NZ passengers get it at the London embassy for Senegal, Norweigans in Oslo etc

Problem now is the visa is biometric.

You have to go in person for fingerprinting.

Only 4 Senegalese consulates in France, the one in Berlin, and the one in Brussels are biometric enabled.

Definitely can get it at Dakar airport, but still waiting for reports about getting it at land borders.
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You have to go in person for fingerprinting.

Definitely can get it at Dakar airport, but still waiting for reports about getting it at land borders.
hi dave,
see last 5 at Wüstenschiff • Thema anzeigen - Visum für Senegal

plenty people (including joe from camping sukuta, gambia) already got the visa at rosso by now.
none of them went to any embassy, all applied online.

at the border rosso they take your fingerprints and use the photo
from your passport.

in future it shall also be possible to do it at diama.

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I'll be travelling in Senegal in October. I haven't even thought I'd be staying in hotels so how do i go about getting a letter of confirmation? I'm not even exactly sure when I'll be (trying) to enter the country. All I know for sure is that I'm leaving Plymouth on the 24th September and heading South, returning about 6-7 weeks later.

I phoned the Senegal embassy in London earlier today and the chap I spoke to wasn't particularly helpful, he just said I had to have a confirmation letter of accomodation and turn up at the Rosso border crossing having already completed the online visa application.
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Anyone lucky in getting a senegal visa in Europe? We applied on 4th aug., i've got the paiment confirmation and nothing else. Since then we tried to get some explanations, we send our paiment references 4 times, and since then no more reply from helpdesk.Anyone with similar problems?
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Does anyone know how long the pre-registration will be valid for?
I'm also interested by this question!

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I'm also interested by this question!

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So am I.

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Well, i don't think we'll get an answer, yesterday i was calling in senegal directly, they just hang up. Apparently they don't like the word " visa".
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