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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Banjul, The Gambia
March 1, 2022

Location:  The Gambia

Event:  COVID-19 Crisis

As of March 27, The Gambia Ministry of Health has confirmed three cases of COVID-19 and a fourth probable case in The Gambia, including one fatality, and the Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The U.S. Embassy will be sending daily updates concerning this situation.

We recognize that this has been a challenging period for many of our fellow Americans, particularly those of you seeking to depart The Gambia following the suspension of flights from the airport in Banjul.  The U.S. Embassy is not aware of any future commercial flights to the United States from The Gambia at this time.  The Department of State is exploring potential options to organize a charter flight for U.S. citizens from The Gambia. In the event that an opportunity becomes available, we are asking you to inform us of your desire to return to the United States.

If you are a U.S. Citizen and would like to be notified of commercial flights or evacuation options leaving from The Gambia, please provide your information by filling out this online form.

If a repatriation flight or other departure options become available, we will provide you with logistical information including the departure date, destination, and cost per seat.  It is important to note that seats are traditionally offered at-charge on a first-come, first-serve basis to U.S. citizens and, space permitting, for qualifying non-citizen dependents.  Private U.S. citizens seeking to depart would be required to sign a promissory note agreeing to repay the costs to the U.S. government after their return to the United States.

Repatriation flights may be performed in coordination with other U.S. Embassies in the region – we ask that you remain flexible and prepared as notification of a flight or other departure option may be given with little advance notification.

If you have difficulty submitting the form, please send an email to ConsularBanjul@state.gov with the subject line “Return to the U.S.”  Please include the following information for each U.S. citizen, non-citizen dependent, or U.S. legal permanent resident guardian accompanying minor children in your family or group:

  • Full name as it appears in your passport
  • Citizenship (if not United States)
  • Date of birth
  • Passport number
  • Dates of passport issuance and expiration
  • Email address and contact phone number
  • Current location

Please also ensure that your passports and other documentation are current and valid for at least six months from today’s date.

Effective March 17, 2020, U.S. Embassy Banjul has suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information https://gm.usembassy.gov/.

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