Senegal to tighten entry conditions to enhance security

Senegalese interior minister Aly Ngouille Ndiaye
Senegalese interior minister Aly Ngouille Ndiaye

Senegal is expected to toughen its entry visa regime by the end of the year, interior minister Aly Ngouille Ndiaye disclosed on Thursday.

“For security reasons, we need to know who is coming in and who is going out,” the minister said on RFM radio. “The proposal is already in advanced stage, we think we can begin implementation later this year,” he added.

He did not specify nationals of which country or category of people the visa requirement would apply, he however assured that arrangements would be made to facilitate easy procurement.

A section of the media presented his remarks as a pointer to reestablishment of the principle of reciprocity, under which Senegal would require visas for nationals of countries impose visa on Senegalese visitors.

A spokesman for the ministry, Maham Ka, interviewed by AFP, however, said that the minister had not used the word reciprocity and that the ministry would communicate very soon on new measures.

Nationals from a large number of countries, including many African countries, the European Union and the United States, are exempt from visas to enter Senegal, according to Dakar international airport, website.

Tourism Minister Alioune Sarr said in early October that Senegal did not intend to question visa exemption for tourists.

In 2013, Senegal introduced an entry visa for travelers from all countries, with the exception of those from West Africa and those with specific agreements with Dakar.

The visa was, however, was removed in 2015 due to drop on tourist activity, an important revenue source for the country.

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