The Banjul Airport
procedure is that once your flight has landed on
the runway a bus will transfer you to the
main terminal building where you should queue at the rank for
non-Gambians if you are a tourist non-national. At the
passport control they will put an entry
stamp in your passport. The next step is to pay a tourist tax of
D250 which is around £5.00 / €6.34 / $9.15 to the
tourism authority which
is payable in any currency. There is now an Airport Development Fee of
€20 per person, not including infants, to be paid to the local
collecting agency on all departures.
When you get to the luggage carousel
you may have to wait a while so ensure you have a little liquid
refreshment in your hand-luggage as the temperature can get a little
uncomfortable at times. Trolleys are provided free however should you
decide to use the services of a porter then be prepared to give a
small tip of around £1 €1.26 / $1.83. The next step is that you
join the baggage security queue where your luggage may be searched but
will be scanned by an x-ray machine. From here you can proceed out of
the main building complex.
If you have arrived with one of the main
tour operators then you will usually exit to the right of the main
gate where you will have you coach waiting to transfer you to your
resort. Drinks are served in this area while you wait for the other
passengers from your party to finalise with formalities. NOTE: The airport is located 20 km
from the capital in the Old Yundum district hence its alternative name.
If you need to spend any length of time at the
airport & require refreshments you can visit the Air
View Restaurant located
on the top floor where they serve cooked food and drinks as well as
the ground floor snack bar. After you have finished with all
formalities there is also a tourist help desk directly to the left of
If you have used a tour operator
then they should have airport transfers already arranged.
If you are
an independent traveller then you can either use a
car hire company
located at the terminal
or you can hire one of the tourist
taxi waiting outside the main
note that taxi rates are fixed and the fares are posted just outside
the terminal gates on the right hand-side against the wall. Expect to
pay around £9 / €14 / $20 to take your to the main tourist
The complex is managed by the Gambia Civil Aviation Authority.
Banjul Airport was designed by
Pierre Goudiaby also known as Atepa who is a Jolla
Martin L. King Building
Fann-Mermoz, BP 2191
Tel: +221 (865) 11 11
Fax: +221 (824) 90 72
The airport was originally
a World War II Allied airfield which served as a port of call for
Allied naval convoys and an air stopover for the U.S. Army Air Corps.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, the then US President stayed overnight in
Banjul en route to and from the Casablanca Conference in 1943, making
it the first visit to the African Continent by a sitting American
The Gambia Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) was
established in July 1991 by the Government as an autonomous
institution by the Public Enterprise Act of 1989 (PEA). It was to put into effect the Chicago
Convention and to regulate, oversee and bring the aviation industry to International Standards.
The assets and liabilities of the former Dept. of Civil Aviation was
transferred to the GCAA.
Prior to the opening of the new
terminal building in October, 1997 the old airport was essentially a
few purpose build sheds which resembled barns.
The airport is located 23 km from Banjul (capital)
at Yundum & it is the Gambia's only airport. It is one of the
emergency landing sites for the NASA shuttle.
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Banking (Trust Bank Ltd.) with ATM
Biometric visa system
13 computer terminals
Bureau de Change
Car parking (long & short-term) D15 per day
Duty free shop
Taxi rank service
VIP lounge area
Airport only handles international flights & there is no domestic
flights service to the up-country destinations.
On your date of
departure your luggage will be taken to the airport by your tourist
bus. You usually get the labels that have to be fixed to your
suitcases in your hotel. The clearance takes place at the airport
itself. All suitcases are lined up on the platform, you pick out your
own suitcases and give them to the customs officer. In many cases you
will have to open them, so don't forget your keys. After customs have
checked your suitcases and have put a new chalk mark on them, porters
(tip!) will see to it that they are loaded onto the transport lorry to
NOTE: The information on this page should not
be relied upon for navigational purposes.