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COVID-19 Information
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June 14, 2022

Updated June 14, 2022

COVID-19 Information   

 

 Last updated:  [06/14/2022]   

 

*** Effective Sunday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, the CDC rescinded its Order requiring all airline or other aircraft passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 to board any aircraft destined to the United States from a foreign country.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers. 

 

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.   

 

Country-Specific Information   

  • As of June 14, 2022, The Gambia has confirmed a total of 12,002 COVID-19 cases.
  • The Gambian government has lifted many COVID-related restrictions, allowing businesses, markets, schools, restaurants, bars, gyms, cinemas, and night clubs to resume normal operations, and borders to be open.
  • Social distancing and mandatory face mask policies are in place.  Face masks are required in all public places, including public transport.  Failure to comply may be subject to a 1,000 dalasi ($19) fine.
  • Note that any additional measures could be implemented with little notice.  Updates can be found on the State House of The Gambia’s Facebook  and Twitter , and the Ministry of Health’s Facebook. 

 

COVID-19 Testing   

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in The Gambia? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes
  • COVID-19 testing is available at several Gambian government-run testing facilities: Independence Stadium; Bakau; KMC; Senegambia; and Brusubi Main Roundabout, adjacent to Petroleum House, WCR. Testing is typically available at the Gambian government-run sites Monday-Friday, and costs 2,500 dalasi. Payment must be made prior to testing at EcoBank.
  • Tests results are provided by accessing the website, https://results.moh.gm/#/  .
  • For more information on local testing, please visit the Ministry of Health’s website  and Facebook sites. 

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:   

  • Has the government of The Gambia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes
  • Are vaccines available in The Gambia for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • Which vaccines are available in The Gambia?  Pfizer-BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, and SinoPharm
  • The Gambia launched its vaccination efforts in early March 2021 and has now expanded vaccination availability beyond priority groups. For more information about vaccine availability and vaccination locations, please visit the Ministry of Health’s website  and Facebook 
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines  in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

 

Entry and Exit Requirements   

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes 
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No
    • Fully vaccinated travelers into The Gambia do not need a PCR test to enter. However, if such individuals have signs or symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, they will be required to undergo Rapid Diagnostic Test for COVID-19 at the airport.
    • Non-Vaccinated or Partially Vaccinated individuals will need a negative PCR test report valid within 72 hours for entry into the country. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival, will be required to undergo mandatory quarantine at the traveler’s own expense.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

 

Movement Restrictions   

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No 

 

Quarantine Information    

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No.  U.S. citizens are only required to quarantine if they test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in The Gambia.  If they test positive, they must self-quarantine at a hotel for 14 days.  Quarantined individuals are required to pay all costs associated with the quarantine period including any necessary COVID-19 tests.

 

Transportation Options   

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

Fines for Non-Compliance

  • Persons not complying with masks requirements in public places may be subject to a fine of 1,000 Dalasi ($19).

 

Consular Operations   

  • Passport Services: Passport appointments can be scheduled online here . Please note there is limited availability for non-emergency appointments now. If you are requesting an emergency, limited-validity passport for urgent medical or business travel, please email  ConsularBanjul@state.gov.  In your email provide a photo of your current passport and your travel reservation. For details about the application, fee and necessary documents, please visit our website .
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) Services:  For details about the application, fee and necessary documents, please visit our website .  You can book CRBA appointment online here . Please note there is limited availability for non-emergency appointments now.
  • Consistent with Embassy and U.S. government policy, individuals coming to the Embassy for consular services are required to wear cloth face coverings prior to entry and for the duration of their time on the Embassy compound.  Face coverings are not provided by or available at the Embassy.

 

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