Contact Address Details:
The Gambia, West Africa
4392856 (Main switchboard)
+220 4464681 (Kololi)
Fax: +220 4375270
citizens only tel: 996-2710)
The American Embassy's ambassador, Her Excellency Pamela White, is
head of the United States Government's official
diplomatic corps' permanent mission in Gambia.
Mission Opening Hours:
Registration and Inquiries:
From 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m - Monday to Thursday
Passport, Notarial and Special Consular Services:
Services requiring a Consular Officer's assistance are available
from Mondays to Thursdays from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
dialling the office you will hear a recorded message asking you
to enter an extension you want. If you don't have any extension
to use then hold on for the operator.
A student wishing to attend a university or other academic
institution in the United States requires a student (F-1)
visa; those wishing to attend a vocational or non-academic
institution require an M-1 visa. Holders of visitor (B-2)
visas and those who have entered the United States visa free
under the Visa Waiver Program are prohibited from entering
into full-time study.
The Embassy of the United
States of America is in the Fajara area of the Greater capital of Banjul, The Gambia.
The U.S. Mission is composed of 2 U.S. Government Agencies namely the
Department of State, which has 9 American and about 65 local
employees. The second agency is the Peace Corps situated one block
Non-Immigrant Visa Applications:
you want to obtain a non-immigrant (visitors) visa to visit the United
States for pleasure, business, or education, read the instructions
All applicants must complete their
application form (DS-156)
online, print out the 3 pages, and bring the printed form to their visa
interview. This form produces a barcode, which the Consular Section
scans to enter information into its system, making data entry more
efficient. Applicants who present forms that are printed on poor
quality printers or have damaged barcodes will have to leave the
embassy and reprint their forms on good quality paper with un-damaged
barcodes before their interview.
Applicants 16 years and over also need to complete form DS-157 prior
to their interview and bring this form with them. This form must be
completed by hand.
All applicants must submit a
Supplemental Family Form, which may also
be completed by hand.
After printing the application form(s), applicants must go to Standard
Chartered Bank (at the Traffic Light junction, Kololi, or Banjul branches) to pay
the non-refundable $131 visa application fee to make an appointment
for an interview. The bank will provide applicants with an appointment
slip which must be presented to the Embassy.
To reduce delays during security screening, applicants are advised
against bringing mobile phones and other electronic devices to their interview –
this is because the embassy does not allow these items anywhere within
the grounds – and to
think about leaving purses and bags outside as these items will be
searched before entry is allowed.
In the event that applicants have any special, physical needs that
will require additional assistance, please ask the bank to notify the
consular section when making your appointment. Any person accompanying
a special-needs applicants will also need to bring photo
identification to enter the Consular Section.
US Green Card Lottery
The Diversity Visa Lottery program offers
immigrant visas to citizens of nations that have a normally low
level of immigration to the United States. People who want to fill
an application form for
the Green Card lottery program must register online through the designated
during the registration period. Successful applicants can then live
and work in the USA.
Online visa application forms are on their site below in
an online format.
From the Website of:
Embassy of the
United States: Banjul