Senegal’s sanitary conditions vary depending on the location, but are generally quite inadequate. Both public and private hospitals require prepayment in cash to receive any treatment (also emergencies).
Remember that outside the European Union, your Spanish health card is useless, so any medical contingency in Senegal could be complicated by not receiving the necessary care.
Check your insurance
Home or car insurance often offers medical coverage abroad. That’s why it’s not too much to have to check the terms of your insurance. Maybe you’ll get a pleasant surprise! Also check the clauses of your credit cards. Sometimes they include travel insurance.
If you do not have any health insurance that covers your stay in Senegal, we recommend that you take out international health insurance for your trip.
Do I need to get vaccinated to travel to Senegal?
If you travel to Senegal from Spain, no vaccine is mandatory, although if yellow fever vaccine is recommended as a preventive measure. If you enter Senegal from a country where there is a risk of yellow fever transmission, it is mandatory to be vaccinated against yellow fever for those over 9 years of age.
In addition, we suggest you bring preventive medication for malaria or malaria.
Are there mosquitoes in Senegal?
In Senegal there are mosquitoes transmitting some diseases such as malaria. Mosquitoes are much more abundant in the rainy season (July to October) and in humid places. The good news is that during the day, most mosquitoes are hidden.
If you follow some basic recommendations, mosquitoes won’t be a problem. At sunset, you’d better wear long light-, neutral-colored clothing. Don’t forget your socks! In addition, repel mosquito repellent from tropical climates.
Nights are the most delicate moment. Most units have mosquito nets, essential for sleeping with total tranquility.
Make sure they completely cover the bed and that they are long enough.
You can strengthen the safety of mosquito nets (although not necessary) by spraying them with a product containing permethrin.
Other health recommendations
Drink only bottled or pre-boiled water. It’s also a good idea to avoid ice, and if you eat raw vegetables, make sure they’re well washed.
Don’t forget sunscreen, a high factor cream, hat and glasses.