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COVID-19 Information
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March 1, 2022

Updated January 26, 2022

COVID-19 Information

***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions

Country-Specific Information

  • As of January 26, 2022, The Gambia has confirmed a total of 11,572 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 ($20) 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? PCR tests – Yes; Antigen tests – Yes
  • Note that travelers to the United States should go to the National Public Health Laboratories in Kotu for testing every day, from 9 – 11 a.m. As noted above, a negative COVID-19 viral test is required of all travelers to the U.S. within one calendar day of travel, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship. You must present your passport with a valid visa and/or air ticket and a receipt for the 2,500 dalasi fee from ECO Bank Gambia Ltd. Travelers appearing at Kotu after 11 a.m. will not have their samples collected and tested on that day. the Ministry of Health has guaranteed that results will be available to passengers no later than 3 p.m. the same day.
  • 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 a website.
  • 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? AstraZeneca, SinoPharm, and Johnson & Johnson
  • 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? Yes, for non-vaccinated individuals
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • As of December 11, 2021, the Ministry of Health updated entry requirements into The Gambia:
    • 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.

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? Yes, if non-vaccinated and testing positive.
  • Non-vaccinated travelers arriving from Gambian government designated ‘hotspot’ countries – including the United States – will be required to undergo rapid testing upon arrival at the airport. Non-vaccinated travelers must also comply with the requirement to possess a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival into The Gambia. Individuals arriving without a negative test that complies with this requirement, or who test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival, will be required to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days. Quarantined individuals are required to pay all costs associated with this quarantine period and may also be expected to pay for any necessary COVID-19 tests.

Transportation Options

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

Consular Operations

  • As of January 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Banjul is resuming operations for normal passport and notarial services. Please make an appointment via the U.S. Citizen services tab on this website (gm.usembassy.gov). We are unable to resume Consular Reports of Birth Abroad Services at this time due to staffing gaps.
  • 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.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to the CDC testing requirement for travel to the United States, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html. Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, email ConsularBanjul@state.gov.

Local Resources:

  • The Gambia’s Ministry of Health Website
  • Regular updates are posted to the Ministry of Health’s and the State House of The Gambia’s official Facebook Page.
  • The Gambian government has set up a free national hotline for COVID-19 concerns and questions, which can be reached by dialing 1025 within The Gambia.
  • Additional information can be found by monitoring Gambian news sources as well as official Gambian government social media pages, statements, and press releases.