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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Banjul, The Gambia (March 18, 2020)
March 1, 2022

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Banjul, The Gambia (March 18, 2020)

Location:  The Gambia

Event:  On March 17, The Gambian Ministry of Health announced its first confirmed case of COVID-19 in The Gambia.

The government of The Gambia has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. All schools, including universities and madrassas, are closed for 21 days; all public gatherings, including open markets, are suspended until further notice; and a 14-day isolation is in place for travelers arriving from ‘hotspot’ countries.

Effective March 17, U.S. Embassy Banjul has suspended routine visa services.  The Consular Section remains open for American Citizen Services.  Please visit our website for additional information.

Many travelers in The Gambia have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability.  If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 3 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.

The Embassy has restricted all but mission essential foreign travel for embassy personnel, implemented a 14-day self-quarantine protocol for embassy personnel returning from CDC Level 3 designated locations, and implemented “social distancing” policies, to include avoiding large crowds/groups.  On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.


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