Citizens of the United Kingdom, full members of the European Union, 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; whether 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: London, Paris, Washington DC, Brussels, Taipei, Rabat, Jeddah, Havana, Dakar, Lagos, Freetown and Guinea Bissau.
Note: tourists and others traveling 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 a list of countries visa requirements, click here.
Visitors are advised to take a comprehensive travel
insurance in advance of travel covering the following:
* Personal belongings
* Baggage damage / loss or delay
If you are already in the West African sub-region, you can travel to The Gambia by road. There is a road link between Dakar and Banjul and the journey will take between five and six hours.
There is also a road link with Ziguinchor, in Southern Senegal, and Bissau. However, a four-wheel drive vehicle is highly recommended.
An International Certificate of Vaccination is no longer compulsory for visitors to The Gambia. However, a yellow fever vaccination will be required for visitors arriving from infected areas. The last outbreak of yellow fever in The Gambia was in 1978 and there is no immediate danger to visitors. Anti-malaria medicine is however recommended and visitors should consult their doctors on which pills to take.
Visitors are also advised to bring along insect repellents, sunburn, 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.
The following goods and quantities may be imported into The Gambia duty free:
* Cigarettes – 200 sticks
* Cigars – 50 sticks
* Tobacco – 250 grams
* Spirit – 1 litre Beer or wine 1 litre
* Other goods – up to a value of D1000.00
For further information on duty free, please contact the Director General of Customs and Excise in Banjul.
Banjul has a deep-sea port, which receives several cruise ships a year. Container ships and other freighters call into Banjul Port from all over the world as well.