Frequently Asked Questions:

Is there a visa requirement to enter Sierra Leone or Dakar?

Visas are available on arrival and are included in the package.

 

Should I take any shots prior to traveling to West Africa?

We recommend visiting the CDC website on the below link. We also recommend taking the yellow fever vaccine before travel and bringing malaria pills to take during and after travel.  Consult your doctor for any additional medical or vaccine needs.

 

How should I pack for the trip?

You should pack in comfortable business casual clothes or native garb which reflect the tradition and culture of the African nations we are visiting.  There are several formal meetings that will require business suits however one dress suit/dress will suffice.  Here is a link for other items to bring when traveling abroad:

 

Is traveling to these countries safe?

Both countries have nominal petty crime and are considered safe environments for Americans to travel. There is a U.S. embassy in both Sierra Leone and Senegal and we have registered the conference with both embassies.

 

What is the climate?

West Africa has two seasons, the rainy season and the dry season. We will be visiting during the dry season.

 

Do the citizens of Sierra Leone and Senegal speak English?

Sierra Leone is a English speaking nation and Senegal is a French speaking nation.  We will have access to translators during our Senegal visit.

 

What is the currecy?

Sierra Leone – Leones

Senegal – CFA France

 

Where can I find the exchange rates?

https://finance.yahoo.com/currency-converter/

 

Should I Tip?

Yes, tipping is appreciated and should be budgeted accordingly throughout West Africa

 

How much should I tip?

Tipping is commiserate to the service provided.

 

Is there internet, cell phone and charging stations?

There is Internet throughout West Africa however we encourage you to call your service provider to see if you have cell phone coverage in the region. We also recommend you bring a portable charger to keep your mobile devices charged.

 

Will there be time for leisure and tourism?

The purpose of this trip is to engage in high level business meetings with government officials and the private sector. Though we have selected a few sites for tourism, there will be limited leisure time for the delegation.

What vaccinations are required?

Yellow Fever, Covid Vaccine, Malaria