Travellers to Senegal should exercise caution during legislative elections on Sunday 1 July, the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) has warned. Although the elections are expected to be peaceful, the British governmental department has advised that holidaymakers 'remain vigilant' in large towns like Dakar and 'avoid any demonstration or large gatherings of people.'
Visitors to Senegal must also remember that the Senegalese government has restricted travel between certain parts of the country on the day of the elections, although Dakar airport will remain open for outgoing and incoming flights. Restrictions are due to come into action at midnight on Saturday 30 June until close of voting at 6:00pm on Sunday 1 July. Therefore tourists who need to access the airport on 1 July should get to Dakar before midnight on 30th June to avoid being caught by the restrictions.
Permission to cross boundaries during the restriction can be sought in advance by contacting Monsieur le Directeur General de la Police Nationale - Ministère de l'Interieur - DGPN-2ème étage- Place Washington - DAKAR. However travellers must remember that such an allowance will be made at the Director General's discretion. If you intend to be in Senegal this weekend, we recommend you respect travel restrictions and monitoring FCO updates.
For further advice regarding travel to Senegal, consult the FCO Travel Advice.
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