Gambia Visa and Passport Requirements

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

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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* need a visa to gain entry.
*Nationals of Spain on a direct flight to The Gambia are visa-exempt.

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). Please note that some nationals who do not require a visa may need entry clearance from The Gambia government prior to arrival.

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.

Visa note

Nationals who can obtain a visa on arrival:

France, Portugal, Spain*, United States.
*Spanish travellers on a direct flight to The Gambia are visa-exempt.

Nationals from the following countries need only a visa to enter The Gambia:

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, United States, Uruguay and Vietnam.

Nationals from the following countries do not require a visa but need entry clearance to enter The Gambia:

Bahamas, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Haiti, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Philippines, Seychelles, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Nationals from the following countries require both a visa and entry clearance to enter The Gambia:

Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Gabon, Georgia, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Madagascar, Moldova, Mozambique, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Africa, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Yemen.

Types and cost

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

Five-year multiple-entry visa for US visitors: US$100.

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: +220 449 4508 / 5133 Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-high-commission-banjul Opening times: Main Office: Mon-Thu: 0800-1600; Fri: 0800-1300. Consular Office: 0900-1200.
Embassy of The Gambia in the USA
Telephone: +1 202 785 1399 Website: http://www.gambiaembassy.us Opening times: Mon-Thurs 0930-1200, 1300-1600; Fri 0930-1300
Gambian High Commission in the UK
Telephone: +44 20 7229 8066 Opening times: Summer: Mon-Thurs 0930-1700, Fri 0930-1300. Winter: Mon-Thurs 0930-1600, Fri 0930-1300

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Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.