Immigration & Health Care

Entry Requirements

Visitors to the Gambia need an entry passport which is valid for at least six months after the end of the trip. For stays of more than 90 days a fee application for extension of stay at the Gambian Immigration Department must be provided.

For visa enquiries kindly consult your local consulate or travel agency before arrival to the Gambia, as www.visit-thegambia.com is not providing/advicing any traveller regarding entry permit/visa asistance, we don’t process visa’s. 

Confirm also if you will need a visa at the Gambian Consulate or Embassy in your country BEFORE  must be applied to travel. When prompted tourists must be able to show a valid further or return ticket. Visa policy of the Gambia

Health care

Vaccinations are not mandatory, unless the entry is carried out from a yellow fever infection area. Vaccination is highly recommended before entering the Gambia. Consult you doctor get your vaccine on time as entry officers may require evidence of vaccine before issuing you entry visa.

In The Gambia all year there is a high risk of malaria, especially during the rainy season from July to September. It is therefore highly recommended, by an appropriate prior to departure from Europe malaria prophylaxis and extensive mosquito repellent to worry.

Ebola Update: Gambia not affected

April 28, 2015 – The Gambia recorded as the majority of West African countries during the current Ebola epidemics a single case and not adjacent to the affected regions of Guinea and Sierra Leone

The situation is the part of the Gambia Tourism Board, in close cooperation with the World Health Organization closely monitored and the Ministry of Health, as before. In addition, a variety of was precautions put in place to reduce the risk of spreading the virus’ to Gambia to minimize and to act accordingly in case of emergency. From the WHO Gambia was named as one of the best cases in relation to arrangements for protection against Ebola.

Affected are currently exclusively Guinea and Sierra LeoneNigeria and Senegal were from the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared Ebola free last October already again. Also located in Liberia, the last case more than 21 days ago and there are no new infections known. Thanks to national and international efforts, the number of new cases, even in the two currently affected countries has declined sharply.

Ebola is not transmitted unlike respiratory diseases through the air, but through direct contact with body fluids ill patients who already show symptoms.  In general, the WHO estimates the risk of infection by tourists and business travelers for this reason even in the most affected regions to be very low.

For further information from WHO on Ebola and the current spread can be found  here .