Senegal

Infrastructure

ELECTRICITY

Electricity in Senegal is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Senegal with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.

Outlets in Senegal generally accept 2 types of plug:

If your appliances plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter.

CURRENCY

The currency in Senegal is CFA (XOF). Notes are in denominations of XOF10,000, 5,000, 2,500, 1,000 and 500. Coins are in denominations of XOF250, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1. Senegal is part of the French Monetary Area. Only currency issued by the Banque des Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (Bank of West African States) is valid. 

There are ATMs in Dakar, but banking facilities are limited in the rest of the country.

BANKING

Banking hours are from Mon- Fridays 08h00 - 11h15 and 14h30 - 16h30. Banks are closed over weekends. Shop/Retail hours are from Mon- Sat 08h00 - 12h00 and 14h00 - 18h00.

CREDIT CARDS & TRAVEL CASH CARDS

Credit cards are only accepted by major establishments catering to the tourist trade, with VISA being the most widely accepted; commission is charged. To avoid additional exchange rate charges travellers are advised to take travel cash cards in EUROS or carry EUROS cash. Banks often require proof of purchase, so all receipts should be kept as a precautionary measure. There are ATMs in Dakar but facilities are limited in the rest of the country. The best option is to travel with EUROS CASH.