Travel Kit


Dakar is the capital city of Senegal situated in the West Coast of Africa lying across the Cap-Vert peninsula.  It has one of the finest seaports and is a major city of the French colonial empire.

The city’s name is derived from Dakhar, a Wolof name which means tamarind tree.  Read more.


  • Compulsory vaccine: Yellow Fever
  • Highly recommended vaccines: Hepatitis A and B
  • Antimalaria treatment is recommeneded
  • Recommended vaccine: Typhoid, Polio, Meningitis, Rabies, Influenza. Read more 

Medical Assistance

  • Delegates staying at the Radission Blu hotel can request for an onsite medical officer which incurs a cost of about 55-60 USD
  • Delegates can also visit the clinic next to the Radisson Blu which is called the Complex Medical de la Corniche

Opening hours: from 8 a.m to 7 p.m from Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m to 1 p.m on Saturdays and closed on Sundays.

Phone: +221 33 859 12 59

Child Care Service:

AFRINIC is pleased to announce that it will, through an agency, be offering daytime child care services for delegates intending to travel with children to AIS’18. This service will be for children aged between 6 months and 10 years and will be available from Saturday 5th May 2018 to Friday 11th May 2018. The times shall be from 0830 hrs to 1800hrs.

In order to make the necessary arrangements, we request delegates intending to take this service to forward their details bearing delegate name, number of children, age and duration of stay to by 30th April 2018.


Dakar has various interesting point of interests and landmarks.  Among the top you may find the Goreia Island, the House of Slaves, IFAN museum, Lago Rosa (the pink lake) and the HLM market.  Know more.

Practical Info:

  • Currency:  West African CFA Franc (XOF)
  • 1 USD= 538 XOF
  • Socket: European type T, E and F with 220-240 volts
  • Climate: The highest temperature will be around 27 degrees Celcius and the lowest around 19 degrees Celcius in April/May. More about the weather updates
  • Telephone code: +221
  • Security Assessment for AIS'18

Culture Note:

The official language in Senegal is French. Three quarters of the population speak the Wolof language making it the lingua franca.  Most of the Senegalese are Muslims (94%), a minority is Christians (5%) and the rest of the 1% are from indigenous beliefs.  Read more

Greetings etiquette in Senegal:

  • Mostly handshake
  • Hugs to close friends
  • Very religious men/women may not shake hands with opposite sex

Moving around in Dakar?

The most common means of transport in Dakar are:

  • The seven seats wagon
  • Bus services
  • Taxi services: Taxis can be identified by the classic colored taxi, yellow-black cars and blue cars and are easily available.  Taxi fares are negotiable and are mostly paid in cash.  Read more.

*Caution must be exercised while using those services.

Visa Requirements for Senegal:

  • Who needs a visa to travel to Senegal?  Read more 
  • For any visa queries please contact: M. Mamadou Gueye
    Tel : +221 33 869 03 69
    Fax : +22133 869 03 70
    E-mail :