Living in Senegal guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Senegal with the expat guide

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General information
  • Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Senegal is one of West Africa's major destinations in terms of expatriation. It is very welcoming towards foreigners.

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Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Many foreigners worldwide have chosen to spend their retirement days in Senegal for many reasons, among which the affordable cost of living.

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  • Traveling to Senegal is not a difficult process in itself. You should, above all, be aware of formalities that have to be filled in.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Senegal is very welcoming towards foreigners provided they have the necessary visa and comply with existing regulations.

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • If you have chosen Senegal for your internship, it might be a rewarding experience in various aspects. Senegal is quite open towards foreigners.

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  • Foreigners wishing to set up a business in Senegal are the most welcome. To date, there are nine types of legal companies in the country.

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  • Finding a job in Ziguinchor might not be as difficult as you think. In fact, foreign expertise is required in many fields.

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  • Thies is known as being Senegal's second biggest city after Dakar. It provides numerous career prospects for foreigners in different fields.

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  • Being one of Senegal's biggest cities, Saint Louis does provide career prospects for foreigners in particular fields, especially in tourism and trade.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Finding accommodation in Zinguinchor might not be an easy task. But the city is definitely going to seduce you with its rich cultural heritage.

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  • Finding accommodation in Thies from abroad can be a real challenge. Therefore, you are advised to be very patient and cautious.

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  • Like many big cities worldwide, Dakar also attracts foreigners in large numbers by providing numerous accommodation offers.

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  • Saint-Louis is known for being Senegal's historical city. It is very welcoming towards foreigners wishing to settle there.

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  • Finding accommodation will be one of your topmost priorities, even before moving to Senegal, but you can choose from a range of options.

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Student visa, University registration
  • Senegal is very welcoming towards foreign students thanks to the presence of universities as well as higher education institutions.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Senegal has a developed health care system which has nothing to envy to many European countries. Hence, health care is very accessible.

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Open and manage a bank account
  • Opening a bank account in Senegal will definitely help you perform many transactions such as receiving your salary, bank transfers, etc.

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Tax system, income tax
  • If you are going to work or set up your own business in Senegal, declaring your income will definitely be one of your main concerns.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • You can choose among various means of transports to travel across Senegal, namely, buses, trains, boats, or even rent a car if you wish.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Foreigners are allowed to drive in Senegal, either with an international driver's license or by converting their national driver's license.

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Relocating to Senegal requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • To date, Senegal hosts two main telecommunications service providers. Hence, the network is not as developed as in other countries.

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Wherever you are staying in Dakar, the Senegalese capital city, you are likely to enjoy many leisure activities during your free time.

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  • Leisure will definitely be part of your everyday life if you are moving to Senegal. Various activities are available for foreigners.

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  • Senegal is known as being the land of Teranga, that is hospitality. Moving there can be a really enriching experience for a foreigner.

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  • Traveling to Senegal with your pet requires appropriate planning. In general, proper vaccination and a good health certificate are required.

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