United States Embassy Banjul, The Gambia
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Remain Alert
The U.S. Department of State has rescinded its Travel Warning for The Gambia. At this time, U.S. citizens visiting or residing in The Gambia are advised to continue to remain alert during the ongoing government transition.
On January 19, 2017, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sent troops to The Gambia to facilitate the transfer of power between presidents. These troops remain in The Gambia, and the situation remains calm. However, supporters of the former president could attempt to disrupt the peace at any time.
The U.S. Embassy has resumed normal operations and U.S. employee family members who departed The Gambia prior to the crisis have returned.
U.S. citizens should:
- Avoid large crowds and political gatherings.
- Remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings.
- Monitor local media for the latest information.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and The Gambia Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- The US. Embassy in Banjul is located at 92 Kairaba Avenue, Fajara, Banjul, telephone +(220) 439-2856, and is open Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. After hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(220) 437-5270.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).