Updated 3 years ago

If you intend to travel to Senegal with your pet, here are some guidelines regarding formalities to be filled in.

You will probably want your pet to accompany you if you are planning to move to Senegal, whether for long or short term. But before all, you are advised to inquire on related procedures so as to avoid your pet's interdiction from entering the country. One of your major concerns will be to make sure that your pet is in good health and that it complies with existing regulations. In fact, pets suffering from any contagious diseases will not be allowed into Senegal.


If you are coming from the European Union, your pet, whether it is a cat or a dog, should hold a EU pet passport which has been issued by a licensed veterinarian. It should also have been vaccinated against rabies more than three months but less than six months before the scheduled date of departure. This should be clearly stated in an international vaccination certificate, including the vaccination date. Thereafter, the vaccine's effectiveness should be confirmed by an accredited laboratory through a serological test.

Your pet should also wear an identification tattoo or electronic microchip in your home country before traveling. A health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian less than 5 days before the scheduled date of departure is also required.

Import permit

Once these steps have been successfully completed, you are required to apply for an import permit from the Senegalese Ministry of Breeding and Livestock's Veterinary Services Department. The application is free of charge and should be made by the veterinarian. Although this process should not take more than 24 hours, you are advised to make the request in advance. Note that you will have to produce the import permit on your pet's arrival in the country.


Pet quarantine does not apply in Senegal. However, make sure that you have all required documents on your pet's arrival in the country. These will have to be produced to the Customs department.

In case you have any doubt or you wish to know more about the procedures regarding dog, cat and bird import in Senegal, feel free to inquire with expatriates on the spot or with local authorities.

 Useful links:

Expat.com - Senegal Pets Forum 
Public Service www.servicepublic.gouv.sn
Ministry of Breeding and Livestock www.elevage.gouv.sn

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