COVID-19 Information

Updated December 3, 2021

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 October 25, 2021 The Gambia has confirmed a total of 9,956 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 – No; Antigen tests – Yes
  • COVID-19 testing can be done at the Medical Research Council (MRC) in Fajara on a first come first serve basis, or at several Gambian government-run testing facilities at Independence Stadium, Bakau, KMC 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. Cost and testing schedule at MRC may fluctuate. Note that medical resources in The Gambia are limited.
  • Tests results are generally provided by physical copy.
  • 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. Passengers from countries considered hot spots for the delta variant will need to undergo a Rapid Diagnostic Test at the airport upon arrival. Countries currently considered delta hot spots are: United Kingdom, Netherlands, United States, Italy, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Turkey, Ireland, France, Australia, India, Mexico, Sweden, Portugal, Canada, South Africa, Switzerland, Finland, Spain, and Slovenia. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival, will be required to undergo mandatory quarantine at the traveler’s own expense.
    • Passengers from countries considered as Hotspot for the Omicron variant will need a negative PCR test report and in addition undergo a PCR Test upon arrival at the airport. Countries currently considered omicron hot spots are: South Africa, Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Angola, and Zambia.

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 October 1, 2021, we will be renovating our consular section with an aim toward better serving our passport and visa customers. During this renovation project, the consular section will be open for emergency services only.  U.S. citizens dealing with an emergency, including death, destitution, or an emergency need to travel, can contact the consular section at +220-439-2856 x 1341 or consularbanjul@state.gov.  Unfortunately, we will have to suspend routine visa services during this time.  For visa inquiries, please visit www.ustraveldocs.com or contact +220 438 4444 or support-thegambia@usatraveldocs.com. We anticipate the project to run until the end of the year and will post an update to this page as we prepare to resume services.
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • Other links:
  • COVID-19 Traveler Information page on travel.state.gov
  • CDC page on COVID-19
  • state.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory page