Off Garba Jahumpa Rd P.O.Box 4587 Bakau The Gambia Tel: +220 449 7675 Fax: +220- 4498112

Travel Tips


Entry Requirements

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.

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 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.

For Further Inquires Please Contact The Following:


United Kingdom
The Gambia Tourism Authority
57 Kensington Court, London W8 5DG UK
Tel: +44(0) 207 376 0093, +44(0) 207 937 6316 / 7
Fax: + 44(0) 207 938 3644

The High Commission of The Republic of The Gambia
57 Kensington Court, London, W8 5DG UK
Tel: +44(0) 207 9376316, Fax: +44(0) 207 937 9095





Gambia Tourism Authority
Feuerbachstr.26, 40223 Dsseldorf , Germany
Tel: ++49 (0) 2114939584
Fax: ++49 (0) 2114939586,
mobile: ++49(0)1633330863


United States of America
Embassy of The Gambia
1155, 15th Street, N.W. ,
Suite 100 Washington DC , U.S.A.
Tel: 202 785 1399
Fax: 202 785 1430


Gambia Tourism Authority
Drottninggatan 35, 411 14 Goteborg , Sweden
Tel: + 46 (0) 31 13 66 50, Fax: + 46(013 68 03


Travel Insurance
Visitors are advised to take a comprehensive travel
insurance in advance of travel covering the following:

  • Baggage
  • Injury
  • Death
  • Illness
  • Personal belongings
  • Baggage damage / loss or delay


Duty Free
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 .


By Road
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.


By Sea
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.

By Air
There are a number of tour operator chartered flights to The Gambia. Most of these operate only in the winter months of November to April. Some charters operate throughout the year as do scheduled airlines serving Banjul International Airport .

Source: Gambia Tourism Authority Website April 2007



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