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Gambia Passport Visa | Welcome to the visa information page. you are in the right place, On this page you will find information about the type of visa and visa application requirements for travel to Gambia. & Health, Public Holidays, Money & duty free It is important to check the visa types and make sure you are applying for the correct visa. Gambia Passport Visa See How to Study Abroad From Nigeria

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About Gambia Country

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The Gambia may be mainland Africa’s smallest nation, but it punches way above its weight in terms of attractions. With its glorious low-key beaches, bustling towns that combine colonial architecture and traditional activities with a wealth of wildlife, it’s perhaps the most approachable of all West African countries. What’s more, its people are a kind and welcoming bunch, for which many know it as The Smiling Coast.

Virtually enveloped by its much larger neighbour Senegal, a legacy of the colonial carve up of Africa, the shard of land comprising The Gambia still retains its own clear identity. Although this accessible Anglophone country’s more obvious draw is perhaps the joy of winter sun at good-value rates, its rich history and fascinating mix of cultures make it hard to pigeonhole. If you escape the sun loungers you will uncover another side of the country, rich in eco-tourism opportunities, wilderness, wildlife and bird watching.

Inextricably linked to the river Gambia, one of Africa’s great waterways, The Gambia comprises a varied landscape, featuring lush tropical forests, swamps, marshes and large areas of wooded savannah. Then there are Gambia’s parks, reserves and riverbanks including Kiang West National Park and River Gambia National Park, where you’ll see all kinds of wildlife, amongst them monkeys, crocodiles, a small population of hippos and well over 500 bird species.

Of course, one of the main attractions is the coast. There are only 80 kilometres of shoreline, but the beaches are some of the most stunning in the region.Visitors keen to experience West African music and rural culture may head off the beaten track and up-country to simple, traditional villages. All year round you’ll find vibrant festivals, events full of traditional drumming, energetic dancing as well as customary wrestling matches. But for many, it is The Gambia’s idyllic cocktail of sunny days, warm welcomes and relaxing Atlantic beach resorts that lures them to this little slice of Africa.

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Gambia Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa Required
Other EU Yes Yes No/1
USA Yes Yes Yes
Canadian Yes Yes No
Australian Yes Yes No
British Yes Yes No

Passports

A passport valid for the duration of stay is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Passport Note

Visitors to The Gambia must hold return or onward tickets, all documents for their next destination and sufficient funds for their stay.

Visas

Visas for The Gambia are not required by nationals referred to in the chart for stays of up to 90 days except:

• Nationals of the USA.

• Nationals of (1) Estonia, France, Portugal and Spain.

Nationals who do not require a visa are usually issued with a stamp on arrival valid for 28 days, and can extend this by a further 28 days at a time in Banjul (see below).

Tourists and others travelling on last-minute bookings will be allowed entry without a visa, but will be required to submit their passport to the department of immigration in Banjul within 48 hours to be issued a proper visa.

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for The Gambia.

Types and Cost

Single-entry visa: £40; multiple-entry visa: £60.

Five-year multiple-entry visa for US visitors: US$105.

Validity

Single-entry visa: six months: multiple-entry visa: 12 months (five years for US visitors).

Application to

Consulate (or consular section at embassy) or on arrival. Nationals of Estonia must obtain a visa in advance. US nationals are also advised to obtain a visa in advance.

Working days

Allow two days for visa processing.

Extension of stay

For long-stay holidays, travellers must have their passport stamped in the Immigration Office in Banjul or at tourist police stations every 28 days.

Embassies and tourist offices

British High Commission in The Gambia

Telephone: (220) 4495 133
Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-high-commission-banjul
Address: Fajara, 48 Atlantic Road, PO Box 507, ,
Opening times:Mon-Fri 0800-1030 (submission of applications), 1430-1530 (passport collection).

Embassy of The Gambia in the USA

Telephone: (202) 785 1399
Website: http://www.gambiaembassy.us
Address: NW, Suite 240, Georgetown Plaza, 2233 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington, 20007,
Opening times:Mon-Thurs 0930-1200, 1300-1600; Fri 0930-1300

Embassy of the Republic of The Gambia

Telephone: (020) 7229 8066
Website: http://www.gambiaembassy.org.uk/
Address: Notting Hill, 92 Ledbury Road, London, W11 2AH,
Opening times:Summer: Mon-Thurs 0930-1700, Fri 0930-1300. Winter: Mon-Thurs 0930-1600, Fri 0930-1300

Gambia Health Care and Vaccinations

Title Special precautions
Yellow Fever Sometimes*
Typhoid Sometimes
Tetanus Yes
Rabies Sometimes
Malaria Yes
Hepatitis A Sometimes
Diphtheria Sometimes

* A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from all travellers over one year of age arriving from endemic or infected areas. Travellers arriving from non-endemic zones should note that vaccination is strongly recommended for travel outside the urban areas, even if an outbreak of the disease has not been reported and they would not normally require a vaccination certificate to enter the country.

Health Care

Visitors are advised to bring sunscreen, insect repellent and indigestion/diarrhoea medicines; all of these can prove expensive in The Gambia. The government plays a dominant role in health services but private practices exist in the urban and resort areas. Health insurance is strongly advised. Prescription drugs should be carried in labelled containers.

Food and Drink

Mains water in the urban and resort areas is safe. Elsewhere, water for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should be boiled or otherwise sterilised. Fresh milk should be boiled if unpasteurised; powdered or tinned milk is preferable. Avoid unpasteurised dairy products. Meat, fish and vegetables should be cooked, and fruit peeled.

Other Risks

Diarrhoeal diseases including giardiasis are common. Bilharzia (schistosomiasis) is present; avoid swimming and paddling in stagnant fresh water. Hepatitis E is widespread. Hepatitis B is endemic. Cholera is a risk, and up-to-date advice should be sought on the most suitable precautions.

Money and duty free for Gambia

Currency and Money

Currency information

Gambian Dalasi (GMD; symbol D) = 100 bututs. Notes are in denominations of D100, 50, 25, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of D1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 bututs.

Credit cards

While some mid-range and top-end hotels will accept American Express, MasterCard and Visa if arranged at the beginning of the stay, most local businesses only accept payment by cash or traveller’s cheques. ATMs are available in large urban areas, but are few in number and not always reliable. Due to credit card and bank fraud, caution is advised when using credit cards and ATMs.

ATM

ATMs are available in large urban areas and at some banks and some petrol stations in Banjul, but are few in number and not always reliable. Due to credit card and bank fraud, caution is advised when using credit cards and ATMs.

Travellers cheques

Not recommended although AMEX travellers cheques can be changed at some bank branches in Banjul.

Banking hours

Mon-Thurs 0800-1300 & 1600-1800, Fri 0800-1100 (banks in Banjul); Mon-Fri 0800-1200 and 1600-1800, Sat 0800-1300 (banks elsewhere).

Currency restrictions

There are no restrictions on the import of local or foreign currency. Exported currency must not exceed the amount imported.

Currency exchange

There is a bank/bureau de change (Trust Bank) at the airport (Mon-Fri 0900-1600, Fri 0900-1230). The capital, Banjul, and the nearby towns of Serrekunda, Bakau, Fajara and Kololi have a number of banks where foreign currencies can be exchanged. Exchange bureaux are found in all the main tourist resorts. Some hotels also offer foreign exchange facilities, but tend to charge high commissions. As The Gambia is a cash economy travellers are advised to carry sufficient currency to cover expenses of a planned visit.

Gambia duty free

Overview

The following goods may be imported into The Gambia by travellers over 18 without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of wine or beer.
• Goods up to a value of D1,000.

Gambia Public Holidays

Below are listed Public Holidays in Gambia

New Year’s Day

01 January 2018

Independence Day

18 February 2018

Good Friday

30 March 2018

Easter Monday

02-April-2018

Labour Day

01 May 2018

Revolution Day

22 July 2018

Assumption

15 August 2018

Christmas Day

25 December 2018

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