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Visas & Passports

Citizens of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other nations with a reciprocal visa abolition agreement with The Gambia do not require a visa to enter the country on holiday or on a business trip not exceeding 90 days. All other nationalities should possess a visa which is available from any of the Gambian embassies and consulates abroad: London, Paris, Washington, Brussels, Taipei, Rabat, Jeddah, Havana, Dakar, Lagos, Freetown & Bissau.

However, tourists and others travelling on last minute bookings will be allowed entry but will be required to submit their passport to the Department of Immigration in Banjul within 48 hours to be issued a proper visa. For further information please contact us.

Health Requirements

  • An international Certificate of Vaccination is no longer compulsory for visitors to The Gambia. However, a yellow fever vaccination will be required for travellers arriving from infected or endemic countries. It is not required for visitors from Europe and North America.

  • The last outbreak of yellow fever in The Gambia was in 1978 and there is no immediate danger to visitors.

  • Visitors are advised to bring along insect repellents, sunburn and anti-fungal creams and disinfectant. They may prove expensive or unobtainable in certain parts of the country.

  • There are several hospitals and clinics operated by the Government as well as by private practitioners which provide both therapeutic and preventative health care. The main hospital is the Royal Victoria in Banjul. There are others in Bansang and Farafenni. Each of the main towns have a major health centre. There are private clinics close to the main resort areas and some hotels have their own doctor.

Travel Insurance

Visitors are advised to take a comprehensive travel insurance covering the following:

  1. Baggage
  2. Injury
  3. Death
  4. Illness
  5. Personal belongings
  6. Baggage damage/loss/delay

Duty Free

The following goods and quantities may be imported into The Gambia:
Item Quantity
Cigarettes 200 sticks
Cigars 50 sticks
Tobacco 250 grams
Spirits 1 litre
Beer or wine 1 litre
Other goods Up to a value of D1000


FOR FURTHER DETAILS

Please contact:
The Department of State for Tourism and Culture
The Quadrangle
Banjul
The Gambia
Fax: (220) 227753
  Gambia Investment Promotion and Free Zones Agency
5 Nelson Mandela Street,
P.O. Box 757
Banjul
The Gambia
Fax: (220) 222829
Email: dipm.gipfza@qanet.gm