Application For Visas:
This section of the British
High Commission, Fajara, tries to provide an effective
& timely service to all applicants. Their overriding
objective is to issue entry permits quickly to genuine
visitors, decide applications from those wishing to
settle in the UK and to prevent the admission of those
who are ineligible.
They presently receive over 8,200 visa applications
for the UK each year. As a result, they have systems
in place to ensure that each application is dealt with
on its own strengths and in accordance with their service
objective as stated above. Explanations of these systems,
and information on all aspects of applying for an entry
permit to the UK, are given on
Who Needs a Visa?:
You may need entry clearance to enter the United Kingdom
if you are not either a citizen of Britain or the the
European Economic Area. Individuals from certain countries,
known as visa nationals, need an entry to enter. Certain
other categories of travellers may need clearance only
for some reasons: for example to live as the husband
or wife of a British citizen.
Entry clearance is the application process. The clearance
certificate is put into your passport or travel document.
An immigration officer will decide if you qualify to
enter. Clearance Officers work according to the requirements
of the Immigration Rules.
If you have a valid permit you will not normally be
refused admission unless your circumstances have changed,
or you gave false information, presented false documentation
or did not tell them crucial facts when you applied.
The endorsement tells the immigration officer at a UK
port of arrival:
• the purpose of your travel;
• how long you can stay;
• the latest
date that you can enter;
Normally, you can enter and leave the United Kingdom
as many times as you like during the validity of your
All applications from Gambia are to be done online at
www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk. Customers must bring
along a printed copy of the form and supporting documentation
to their appointment at the commission in Fajara.
The only exceptions for the online process are for customers
who are applying from Overseas Territories or Commonwealth
The Government of the United Kingdom has introduced
a system for student visa applications. It's called
the Points Based System. Before filling in your form
you will need to assess your application online in order
to see if you qualify.
To be successful you need 40 points to pass. 30 points
will be awarded for a Certificate of Acceptance for
studies from a licensed sponsor which will be your UK
university or college.
10 points will be given if you show that you have enough
money for 1 year to cover your living expenses and tuition
fees. The bank statement must be your own or in a joint
account showing your name and must be an original, i.e.
not a copy.
Mission Opening Hours:
By appointment only.
Monday to Thursday: 8am-4pm
Monday to Friday: 9am-12pm
• Consular Section
[Summarised From the site of:
British High Commission, Banjul[
The above information may be incorrect or out of date.
Check all details with the mission first before making
any travel arrangements.