Senegal Scraps Visas for Tourists and Cuts Tax On Air Fares

Senegal has scrapped visa requirements for foreign visitors, and will slash taxes on air fares as it seeks to revive a tourism sector crippled by high costs and a regional Ebola outbreak.

The cost and administrative hassle of visas, coupled with taxes on air tickets, led to a fall in the number of visitors to the country.

The new measure on visa-free travel will come into effect on May 1.

Government taxes on air fares would be cut by half in a bid to make Senegal a more competitively priced destination. It was not clear when the taxes on air fares would be cut.

Senegal is looking for a strategic partner to re-launch its indebted state carrier, Senegal Airlines, ahead of the opening of a new international airport next year as it seeks to become a hub for air travel in West Africa.