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VISA REQUIREMENTS:
 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, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Sweden. Nationals from France, Portugal, Spain and Estonia do require one to gain entry.

 US Citizens
Nationals from the US require an entry visa with at least 1 blank page on their passport for the stamp, as well as evidence of yellow fever vaccination. They 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.

ECOWAS
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, Nigeria, Senegal, 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:
 Military
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 company.

 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.


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  Passport required Visa required Return Ticket Required
Australia Yes No Yes
British Yes No Yes*
Canada Yes No Yes
EU Yes No* Yes
USA Yes Yes Yes
* Proper documentation required for one way flights.
* 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 at the Immigration Department in less than 48 hours to be issued a visa. 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 at the 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.

COST OF VISAS:
 USA
The current fee for a five-year visa for U.S. citizens is $105 USD.
The fee for an express emergency visas is $155 USD.

 United Kingdom
(Single entry) 40.00
(Multiple entry visa) 60.00

CONTACTS:
Embassy of the Republic of The Gambia in London
Telephone: (020) 7229 8066
Opening hours:
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
Opening hours
Monday - Thursday: 9:30am-12:00nn and 1:00pm-4:00pm
Friday: 9:30am-1:00pm

See also:
UK FCO - Advice    US State Department - Advice




Please Note:
Rules and regulations on visas and 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.

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