Money & duty free for Senegal

Exchange rates:

CFA Franc
€1 = XOF655.96
£1 = XOF655.96
US$1 = XOF655.96

Euro
C$1 = €0.75
£1 = €1.26
US$1 = €0.78

Currency & Money

Currency information

CFA (Communauté Financière Africaine) Franc (XOF) = 100 centimes. Notes are in denominations of XOF10,000, 5,000, 2,000,1,000 and 500. Coins are in denominations of XOF500, 200, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1.

Senegal is part of the French Monetary Area. Only currency issued by the Banque des Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (Bank of West African States) is valid; currency issued by the Banque des Etats de l'Afrique Centrale (Bank of Central African States) is not. The CFA Franc is pegged to the Euro.

Credit cards

American Express is the most widely accepted, although Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa have limited use. Commissions are added for the use of credit cards and many businesses may not accept payments with foreign cards. It is best to carry cash for the majority of transactions

ATM

There are ATMs throughout Senegal (although they are more limited outside the cities) and they are fairly widespread throughout Dakar. However, many do not accept foreign cards.

Travellers cheques

Traveller's cheques are easy to cash in Dakar. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take them in euros rather than dollars. There is limited or no acceptance outside Dakar, however.

Banking hours

Mon-Fri 0800-1115 and 1430-1630.

Currency restriction

Import of local and foreign currency is unlimited but subject to declaration. Export of local currency is restricted to XOF20,000. Export of foreign currency is limited to XOF50,000.

Currency exchange

Money-changers can be found throughout Senegal, with exchange rates generally more favourable at border points. However, be careful to keep your money in a secure place and watch out for scams.

Senegal duty free

The following may be imported into Senegal by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1 bottle of spirits and 1 bottle of wine.
• 1 bottle of perfume and 1 bottle of eau de toilette.

Banned imports

Prohibited items include obscene publications, narcotics and subversive publications.

Restricted items requiring a permit include firearms and ammunition, medicines (other than for personal use), meat and endangered species.

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