Senegal has done away with the requirements for visas for overseas travelers and will greatly reduce taxes levied on air fare. The move will be undertaken to give a new lease of life to the travel industry that was earlier disabled by high rates and the Ebola epidemic. The count of the travelers to the nation had fallen short due to the administrative hassles and expenses involved in obtaining visas. Another major drawback was the taxes on air tickets.
In an address to the nation, President Macky Sall, the new changes regarding visa-free travel to Senegal will come into being on 1 May. He further added that the government would take measures to cut the air fares by half in an effort to make Senegal a much sought-after destination. However, it was still ambiguous about when it would be implemented.
Fears over an Ebola spread from the nearby Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone led to most hotels along the coastline of Senegal nearly closing down. The country is on the lookout for a partner to strategize its state carrier called Senegal Airlines. This will be done much ahead of the start of an international airport in the following year. The main purpose behind this is to make Senegal have a pivotal role in travel by air in West Africa.