The official language is French. Wolof, Senegalo-Guinean, Mandé, Ful, Peul, Malinké and others as colloquial languages.

Public Holidays

01/01/2022 New Year

04/04/2022 Independence Day

04/18/2022 easter monday

05/01/2022 Labor Day

05/26/2022 Ascension of Christ

06/06/2022 Whit Monday

07/09/2022 Tabaski (Islamic Festival of Sacrifice)

07/30/2022 islamic new year festival

08/08/2022 Tamkharit (Ashura Day)

08/15/2022 Assumption Day

10/09/2022 Milad un Nabi (Birthday of Prophet Muhammad)

11/01/2022 all saints day

12/25/2022 Christmas


The dates given for Islamic holidays are calculated according to the lunar calendar and therefore shift from year to year.

During the fasting month of Ramadan, which precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims are forbidden to eat, drink or smoke from sunrise to sunset, which causes disruptions or deviations in the normal course of business (including reduced opening hours of shops and authorities) and therefore there may be restrictions for travelers.

Many restaurants outside the hotels are closed during the day, and the consumption of alcohol and cigarettes is restricted or e.g. T. even strictly forbidden, even for non-Muslim vacationers. In hotel complexes it must be taken into account that meals and drinks during Ramadan may only be taken in the hotel restaurant or in the room.

Travelers should expect increased sensitivity in religious matters as well as in respect of Islamic traditions.

Some interruptions may also occur during Eid al-Fitr. This festival, like Eid al-Adha, is indefinite and can last from 2-10 days depending on the region.

Duty free shopping


The following items can be imported duty-free into Senegal: 10 packs of cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 g of tobacco (persons aged 18 and over); A bottle of perfume and a bottle of eau de toilette for personal use; 1 bottle of wine and a bottle of spirits.

Prohibited Imports

Poultry and its products. More information is available from

Contact addresses

Honorary Consulate General of the Republic of Senegal

(no visa issuance)

Honorary consulates in Salzburg and Vienna.

Jahnstrasse 26
+43 (0)512 58 53 88.

Mon, Wed, Fri 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Embassy of the Republic of Senegal
Route de Pré-Bois 20, Building H, 4th floor
Geneva / Airport
+41 (0)22 918 02 30, +41 (0)22 918 02 36. Embassy of the Republic of Senegal

(Also responsible for Austria.)

Honorary General Consulates in Düsseldorf and Hamburg. Honorary consulates in Boeblingen and Munich.

Klingelhöferstrasse 5
+49 (0)30 856 21 90.

Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00.


Business etiquette

A light suit or dress is appropriate for business meetings. The business language is French. Appointments should be arranged in advance. Punctuality is expected, although business partners are often late. Business cards in French or English are recommended. Holidays are between July and October. Business hours: Mon-Fri 08.00-12.30 and 13.00-16.00. During Ramadan some offices are open 07.30-14.30.

Business contacts

Chambre de Commerce, d’Industrie et d’Agriculture de la Région de Dakar (Dakar Chamber of Commerce and Industry)1 Place de l’Indépendance, BP 118, DakarTel: 823 71 89.



Autodial Long Distance Service.

Mobile phone

GSM 900. Network operators are Sentel (Internet:, whose transmission/reception area is limited to the capital Dakar and the surrounding area, and Alizé, a subsidiary of Sonatel ( or Both operators have roaming agreements with mobile phone companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.


According to, Internet provider is Telecom Plus. There are internet cafes in every city.

Post office

Airmail shipments to Europe take 7-10 days to arrive, overland it takes 2-6 weeks.


Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to contact Deutsche Welle customer service directly for the current frequencies (Tel: (+49) (0228) 429 32 08. Internet: to request.

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