• British Citizens
British passport holders do not require visas to gain entry into The
Gambia. You are required to travel on a valid passport, valid
at minimum until the day of your flight arrival back to the UK.
Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are valid for both entry and exit
at Banjul International Airport.
Proper documentation is necessary for British passport holders who
wish to travel on a one way flight to Banjul Airport, without
correct documentation you may be barred entry. Check with the
Embassy of The Gambia in
London. Other passport holders should also contact the embassy regarding any
entry or visa requirements.
• European Union Citizens
EU nationals from the following countries do not require a visa to
gain entry into The Gambia: Austria,
Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia,
Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland,
Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania,
Poland, Romania, Slovenia and
Nationals from France,
Portugal, Spain and
Estonia do require one
to gain entry.
• US Citizens
from the US require an entry visa with at least 1 blank page
on their passport for the stamp. Check with your doctor whether
you need any vaccinations. You can apply for a visa at the
Embassy of The
Gambia in Washington DC. They may be allowed entry without
a visa, provided they obtain one from the
Immigration Department in Banjul within 2 working days.
Citizens of member countries of the Economic Community of West African
States (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana,
Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger,
Sierra Leone, Togo) do not require a visa to gain entry into The Gambia.
• Other Countries
People from other countries should check with one of the local
embassies of Gambia
to see what the visa requirements are.
OTHER CATEGORIES OF VISITOR:
A visa is not required for US military personnel holding an official
passport or US military ID, where they will be issued with a 5 year
visa endorsement or permitted for a maximum stay of 90 days.
• Merchant Seamen
Ship's crew arriving by aircraft to board a ship, or if arriving by
ship in order to board an aircraft must travel on duty and hold a
Letter of Guarantee or Letter of Employment from the shipping
• Crew Members
The same regulations as for passengers apply.
* Please note that if you are travelling from yellow fever zone
country then you are required to produce a vaccination certificate,
irrespective of your country of residence.
Return Ticket Required
|* Proper documentation required for one way
* Visitors from France,
Portugal, Spain and
Estonia require one.
LAST MINUTE ARRIVALS:
Those travelers who arrive on short-notice may be allowed entry into the
country however, they are required to submit their passport in Banjul
Immigration Department in less than 48 hours to be issued a
Please note that nationals of some countries not listed above are not
eligible to be issued a visa on arrival at the airport.
LENGTH OF AUTHORISED STAY:
Visitors who do not require a visa are normally issued with a stamp on
arrival at Banjul Airport which is valid for 28 days. Should you
want to extend the 28 days this can be done in the capital of Banjul
Immigration Department on OAU Boulevard or at the Tourist Police
Stations in the Tourism Development Area. If you are planning to
enter The Gambia for longer than 3 months, check entry requirements
with one of the
embassies of Gambia. There is a
small fee for this service for each extra month.
APPROXIMATE COST OF VISAS:
The current fee for a five-year visa for U.S. citizens
is $160 USD.
The fee for an express emergency visas is $200 USD.
• United Kingdom
(Single entry) £60.00
(Multiple entry visa) £80.00
Embassy of the Republic of The
Gambia in London
Telephone: (020) 7229 8066
Winter: Mon-Thurs 9.30am - 4pm, Fri 9.30am - 1pm
Summer: Mon-Thurs 9.30am - 5pm, Fri 9.30am - 1pm
Embassy of The Gambia
in the USA
Telephone: (1-202) 785 1399
Monday - Thursday: 9:30am-12:00nn and 1:00pm-4:00pm
Fees, rules and regulations on visas,
entry requirements and restrictions do change from
time to time, so you are advised to seek clarification
from within your own country from your travel agent,
tour operator or at one of the Gambia's embassies
or consulates, before making any travel decisions.