General Information

General Information

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Senegal, land of hospitality…

Located at the tip of Western Africa, Senegal is bathed along its entire western border by the Atlantic Ocean and bounded to the North by Mauritania, to the East by Mali and to the South by Guinea and Guinea-Bissau. The Gambia forms an enclave in the south of Senegal, open to the Atlantic Ocean.

It is a flat country, with a fairly dry tropical climate. In October, Dakar, the capital, enjoys good sunshine of about 8 hours a day. Average temperatures are between 25°C and 33°C.

Senegal, cultural diversity rooted in Teranga…

The population is made up of various ethnic groups and is predominantly Muslim. There is a great linguistic diversity in Senegal. French is the official language, and six other languages are recognized as national languages: Wolof (language spoken by the greatest number), Serer, Pulaar, Mandinka, Soninké and Diola.

Teranga encompasses the values of hospitality, generosity, and solidarity of the Senegalese. This proudly claimed term reminds us that Senegal has always been a crossroad and a gathering place for people and cultures.

Teranga is a state of mind, a shared cultural treasure going beyond ethnic and religious differences. It expresses the will and desire of distinct communities to live together in harmony.

Senegal, an emerging country…

More than seventeen million Senegalese share an area of 197,000 km2. Senegal benefits from a geographical position that gives privileged access to regional and international markets. With its remarkable political stability, Senegal hosts many multinational companies and international institutions; the house of the United Nations is soon to be inaugurated at Diamniadio.

Dakar is also home to the headquarters of AFCAC, UGAACO, ASECNA and the Western and Central African office of ICAO, thus positioning itself as a hub for the aviation world.

Since the opening of Blaise Diagne International Airport and the launch of the new airline Air Senegal, Dakar has become an effective regional air hub.

The macro-economic indicators are reassuring with a forecast growth rate of 5.5% in 2023. Today, structuring investments in land mobility (TER, BRT, highway network, cross-border bridges) and air transport (Air Senegal, AIBD, 13 regional airports) coupled with a framework of multimodal logistics of excellence (Port of Dakar and the new Port of Ndayane) bode well for investment opportunities. Senegal has also recently joined the list of gas and oil producing countries with a provisional 2025 target.

Senegal, tourist destination and cultural hub…

Two hours from the Canary Islands, 5 hours from Paris and only 7 hours from New York, Senegal benefits from geographical proximity to major markets, making it one of the most coveted tourist destinations in Africa.

With one of the highest annual rates of sunshine in the world (3000 hours per year) and 700 km of coastline, the country of Teranga is also home to a rich and diversified ecosystem. You will find there the third ornithological reserve in the world, the Saloum Delta registered in the club of the most beautiful bays in the world, numerous national parks and marine protected areas, the “Pink Lake” as well as the valleys and mountains of eastern Senegal. The country has a major historical heritage with seven UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Gorée island and the city of Saint-Louis.

Senegal has always been a recognized cultural melting pot. Dakar is positioned as an event and cultural hub in Africa, hosting several major events: Dakar Biennale of Arts, the renowned jazz festival of Saint-Louis, the first fashion show of Métiers d’Art collection of Chanel in sub-Saharan Africa, the World Water Forum in 2022 and the Youth Olympic Games in 2026.

Infos Visas Senegal

If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed in the A list, you do not need a visa to enter Senegal. If you are a citizen listed in the B list, you can get a visa on arrival. If you are a citizen listed in the C category you need a visa to enter Senegal, please contact the Senegalese consulate closest to your place of residence.

For more information and the list of countries, please refer to the document on the link below (English Version):

For more information and the list of countries, please refer to the document on the link below (French version):

For all information about the visa, please contact Mr. Serigne Moustapha GAYE, 

Health requirements & covid 19 guidelines

There are currently no health restrictions to enter Senegal.

  • vaccination against yellow fever is not mandatory.
  • vaccinations against covid-19 is not required.
  • covid-19 testing is not required.

These provisions can change depending on the health situation. It is recommended to check before any trip to Senegal the conditions that apply with the airline with which you plan to travel.

The participants should ensure that they have a valid health insurance for the coverage of any medical care during their stay in Senegal.

Medecins sur saly

URGENCE 24 : + 221 33 957 47 47

Allo Docteur : + 221 33 957 10 10


It is a flat country with a fairly dry tropical climate. In October, Dakar, the capital, enjoys a good sunshine of about 8 hours per day. Average temperatures are between 25°C and 33°C.


French is the official language, and six other languages are recognized as national languages: Wolof (language spoken by the greatest number), Serer, Pulaar, Mandinka, Soninké and Diola.


In Senegal the power plug sockets are of type C, D, E and K. The standard voltage is 230V and the frequency is 50Hz.


The currency used in Senegal is the CFA Franc. Major international currencies and credit cards are accepted by hotels and for other transactions. Commercial banks, foreign currency exchange bureaus and various hotels provide exchange facilities.

The current average exchange rate for the EURO is €1 = 657,27 CFA francs.

Time zone

The time in Senegal is GMT+0

Doctors on SALY 

Emergency 24 : + 221 33 957 47 47

 Allo Doctor : + 22133 957 10 10


Yelenah Team

Directrice Agence : Roselynd Laubhouet + 221 77 513 21 21

Logistique bus : Linda Sambou : +221 78 631 29 97

Responsable hôtels (salles, facturations) : Fatou Diop : +221 77 656 73 51

Responsable stand et Volet technique : Hamet Thiam : + 221 77 678 94 38

Responsable events : Déborah Ango : + 221 78 140 86 86 & Penda Soumaré 221
33 957 47 47

Visa Requirements for RWANDA

General Information :

From 1st Jan 2018, Nationals of all countries receive visa on arrival at Kigali International Airport and all land borders.

Citizens of countries members to the following international organizations; African Union, Commonwealth and La Francophonie get visa upon arrival and are waived visa fees for a visit of 30 days.

A citizen of East African Community Member States  shall be issued a pass/entry visa free of charge upon arrival to stay for the period of six months.

The following countries to be granted 90 days valid visa free of charge upon arrival:

Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, The Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Haiti, Mauritius, Philippines, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome and Principe, Singapore and the state Qatar.

Please click here to view the communiqué on new visa regime :

Citizens of all countries that are not visa exempt, have also option to submit application online (Click here : or at the Rwanda Diplomatic Missions of the country of residence before departure. Those applying online have option to pay online or upon arrival.

Application for visa extension is submitted at Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration offices.   Detailed requirements are set out in the Information for applicants for each class of visa. 

Extension of a visa should be applied for whilst initial visas remain valid.

Visitors who wish to visit simultaneously the three countries (Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda) for tourism may apply for the East Africa Tourist Visa (EATV) online at, upon arrival or from Rwanda Diplomatic missions abroad. If acquiring the EATV visa before travel, your first entry point must be the country through which you applied for the visa.  The East Africa Tourist Visa costs US$100, is valid for 90 days and is multiple entry (if staying within the three countries).


There is no single affiliated Agent that is authorized to apply for visa on your behalf. Such Agents may mislead you and charge more than the visa fees.

The visitor’s and East Africa Tourist Visa should not be used for employment.  

General Information for Applicants Seeking to visit Rwandaon a tourist visa :

Travel Document

An applicant should hold any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.

Health Requirements

A vaccination certificate may be required at the border post. In the event of a major disease outbreak, specific requirements could be set and put to the knowledge of the public.

Visa Fees

These are fees for processing of applications. If applications are denied, or withdrawn by the applicant, refunds of fees will not be made.

Validity Of A Visa

The maximum and minimum period of validity of a visa is set out in the Information for Applicants for each visa class.

Single Or Multiple Entries

Whether a visa is issued for single or multiple entries is set out in the Information for Applicants for each visa class.

Financial Requirements

An applicant must have sufficient funds to cover the costs of their stay in Rwanda. Evidence for such funds may be requested online, at the Rwandan foreign mission or at the entry point.

Extension Of A Visa For Some Classes

Some visa classes may be extended. Details are set out in the Information for applicants for each class.

Extension of a visa should be applied for whilst initial visas remain valid.

A grace period of 5 days after a visa has expired is allowed for a person to either depart or renew their visa without a penalty; otherwise the person will be subjected to a penalty and a visa extension may be denied.

Change Of Status For Some Classes

An applicant may apply to the Director General for another class of visa whilst they are in Rwanda and whilst their current visa remains valid.

For the group tourist visa change of status is not permitted. Information for applicants for the particular visa class will state if change of status is allowed.

Visitors visa

Requirements for application

* This type of visa is issued to person who is a national or a resident of a country with which Rwanda has a visa waiver arrangement including African Union, Common Wealth and La francophonie who enters the country for any valid reason other than employment.

* It is issued at entry point or embassy

* Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months

* Single entry

* Work is not permitted

* Change of status is allowed

Application Fees

* Free of charge

Visa Validity

Valid for 90 days for nationals of a country with which has visa waiver with Rwanda and 30 days for nationals of a country which is a member of African Union, Common wealth and La francophonie.

For more information, please contact :

Health Information

Covid-19 testing is no longer a requirement prior to boarding the flight to Rwanda. However, regular Covid-19 testing is encouraged. b. The Passenger Locator Form is no longer a requirement before departure. Visit Rwanda Biomedical Centre Website for regular updates:


Temperature. In March, the average high-temperature is almost the same as in February – a still warm 26.9°C (80.4°F). The average low-temperature, in March, is 15.7°C (60.3°F). Expect some rare drops but the weather is generally friendly to any type of clothes.


Kinyarwanda is the national language of Rwanda, and the first language of almost the entire population of the country. It is one of the country’s official languages alongside French, English, and Swahili.


Transportation on will be provided by the host to all delegates, VIP (board members), Speakers, Staff, Guests, exhibitors and sponsor from Kigali International Airport to all recommended event hotels.Transportation is also provided from/to above hotels to the nightly events & social day. To avoid any delay in hotel transfer, kindly send your flight and itinerary details to:


In Rwanda the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Rwanda, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 – 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa). Manufacturers take these small deviations into account. If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100 V – 127 V (as is in the US, Canada and most South American countries), you need a voltage converter in Rwanda. You can also consider a combined power plug adapter/voltage converter


The Rwandan franc (Rwf) is the principal currency, although US dollars and EUROS are widely accepted.

Expect to pay for local services in cash, in Rwandan francs. The greater the amount, the more likely US dollars or other hard currencies are preferred, such as gorilla tracking and upmarket hotels.

A growing number of places accept credit and debit cards, with Visa being more widely accepted than Mastercard. It’s best to check when making a booking.

ATMs can be found in Kigali and nearly all major cities.

Cash can be exchanged at banks and private forex bureaux (bureau de change). Both are closed on Sundays and public holidays.

It may be impossible to exchange traveller’s cheques away from the capital. Western Union facilities are common.

Tipping is discretionary and appreciated. Cash is usually preferred. As a rough guide, tip professional guides and drivers US $10 per day, trekking porters US $2.