Top Senegalese festivals:
Saint Louis Jazz Festival
This is the biggest jazz festival on the African continent and unfolds every year between April and May in Saint Louis whose architecture and cobblestone streets mirrors that of New Orleans. Saint Louis comes alive with great jazz artists such as Herbie Hancock, Randy Weston and Joe Zainul and a lively street scene with outdoor bars and cafes buzzing until the very early hours of the morning. You can learn more about the Saint Louis Jazz Festival at www.saintlouisjazz.org
This festival of contemporary African rooted modern art takes place in Dakar every even numbered year in May and is a showcase for emerging African artists.
Goree Diaspora Festival
This festival was created to promote links between Senegal and the descendants of slaves that were exported from the Ile de Goree. It is a festival full of vibrant music concerts, dance performances and exquisite art work crafted by the local artists living on the island
During the New Year period every year, this festival kicks off in Abene, Casamance and features a bonfire on the beach with Senegal artists jamming .. it continues over 10 days and includes dance performances and Senegalese wrestling
This festival kicks off every 2 years at the end May-beginning of June to celebrate African dance and offers workshops, performances and dance classes that attract dance enthusiasts from around the globe
You don't need a visa to travel to Senegal for a stay up to 90 days. All nationalities must enter with a passport valid for at least 6 months with one blank visa page and hold proof of onward/return flights and sufficient funds relevant to your intended length of stay. However, we recommend that you check with a Senegalese Embassy for up to date information 2 months before travel.
Covid Entry Requirements:
To enter Senegal individuals over 2 years old must provide either a negative PCR COVID-19 test dated no more than 72 hours earlier, issued in the country where you started your trip OR a vaccination certificate with a QR code issued by the health authorities in the country of vaccination. For all travelers over 2 years old who cannot prove that they are fully vaccinated, a negative PCR test remains necessary for entry into Senegal.
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