Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Special Flight Leaving Banjul on Monday to the United States

The Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in The Gambia are arranging a special flight for U.S. citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents departing from the Banjul International Airport in Yundum. 

This flight was previously schedule for Friday, April 3rd, but that time has changed.  The flight is now scheduled for Monday, April 6.

The flight will include stops in several countries to pick up U.S. citizen travelers.  From Banjul, the flight will stop in another country (or countries) in the region and will then bring travelers to Dulles International Airport (IAD) in the Washington, DC metro area.  The approximate cost of this flight is $1,900 per passenger – please note that the final cost could be more.

NOTE:  All passengers on the flight will be subject to health screening at the airport, conducted by Gambian government authorities.  Those who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, to include a fever, will not be allowed to board.  Additionally, the Gambian government may immediately subject you to quarantine at a Gambian government-approved quarantine facility.

All passengers will need to reimburse the U.S. Government for the flight, and a promissory note for approximately $1,900 must be signed before boarding.  No cash or credit card payments will be accepted.  You will be responsible for any arrangements or costs (lodging, transportation to an onward destination, local transportation, etc.) beyond the flight’s initial destination in the USA. You are also responsible for your own transportation to the Yundum international airport in Banjul.  Exact departure date and time and routing are subject to change.

Passengers are allowed 2 checked bags, not exceeding 23 kilograms each and one carry on that can fit under the seat in front of them.  There is no ability to purchase additional baggage.  Emotional support animals are not allowed on this special evacuation flight.  Pets are not allowed on this special evacuation flight.

If you want to depart on one of this flight, please fill out the form here https://tinyurl.com/u6bes4y.  If you have already filled out this form please DO NOT fill it out again.  Vulnerable populations will be prioritized and all others will be confirmed on first-come, first-serve basis. Please do not call the Embassy to confirm receipt of your email; we will contact you if you are confirmed for a seat on this flight.  In the event this flight is full and there is still demand, we will make every effort to arrange additional flights at a later date.

If you are unable to fill out the form please send an email with the following information:

  • Full name
  • Passport number
  • Passport Expiration date
  • Citizenship (only for Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S.)
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Email address
  • Phone number

Unless you receive an email from the U.S. Embassy in The Gambia confirming your flight or listing you as a standby passenger, please do not come to the airport in Banjul.  Only those with email confirmations will be permitted to board the plane.