Travel Advice for The Gambia
The Gambia
Capital: Banjul

Time Zone GMT
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 220
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
495 133 (Embassy)
Tourist
Information
Ministry of Information and Tourism, The Quadrangle, Banjul, The Gambia Tel: 228 496 Telex: 227 753.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all. Return Ticket Required. Requirements may be subject to change at short notice. Consult the appropriate consular authority before finalising travel arrangements.
Visa
Information
Visas for Tourist and Business are granted. Required by all except nationals of Commonwealth countries. Nationals of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Fiji, Guinea Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Togo. Nationals of Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Spain and the UK, for the purpose of tourism only for visits no longer than 3 months. Nationals of Finland, Iceland, Norway, San Marino, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, for visits up to 3 months.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Present throughout the year in the falciparum variety. Resistance to chloroquine has been reported.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required by all visitors over 1 year of age travelling from infected areas. Vaccination is recommended to all visitors planning to travel outside the urban areas.
Other Health Risks: Bilharzia, Cholera and Rabies are present. There is a very high prevalence of AIDS/HIV. Visitors should seek medical advice before travelling.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency Gambian Dalasi (Di) = 100 bututs.
NOTE: currency must be declared on arrival and export of foreign currency is limited to the amount imported. Black market currency exchange is strongly discouraged.
MasterCard and Visa are accepted in large towns only. Travellers cheques are accepted, US dollars and pound sterling are the preferred currency.
ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of
Living
Services and prices for tourists will generally be expensive.
Languages English
Weather Generally recognised to have the most agreeable climate in West Africa. Mid Nov- Mid May = dry in coastal areas. June - Oct = Raining season. Inland the cool season is shorter and day time temperatures are very hot between March and June.
Electricity 220 Volts AC 50Hz. Plugs = either round or square 3 pin.
Post Information Unavailable.
Transport ROADS: Few paved roads of which most are impassable during the raining season. Road improvements programmes are in place.
TAXIS: Fares should be settled in advance.
CAR HIRE: Possible check with company before travelling.
DOCUMENTATION: IDP is required.
RIVER: Ferries operate on a frequent basis along the river which connects Barra Point to Banjul. A weekly ferry operates between Banjul and Basse.
Special
Information
NOTE: There is an uncertain political outlook therefore security could change without warning. Contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice Unit before departure. Beach wear is not suitable for towns. Visitors should respect the local laws and customs. Sea swimming can be dangerous.