The Department of State issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for The Gambia on August 6, advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to The Gambia due to COVID-19.
Last updated: September 23, 2020
- U.S. Citizens should reconsider travel to The Gambia.
- As of September 20, 2020 The Gambia has confirmed a total of 3,540 COVID-19 cases.
- On September 17, the President announced the expiration of the previous National State of Public Emergency, ending the nightly curfew and allowing all businesses and markets to resume normal business hours. Public health regulations remain in effect:
- Bars, pubs, dine-in restaurants, cinemas, video clubs, gyms, night clubs, group events at beaches, casinos, and sporting fields remain closed
- Public gatherings, including for naming ceremonies, weddings, and other social events, are prohibited
- Face masks must be worn
- Air, sea, and land borders remain closed, with limited exceptions
- 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.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
- There are no entry/exit restrictions specific to U.S. citizens; however, under the current public health regulations, entry and exit of persons into The Gambia at land borders is suspended, except for diplomats, drivers of essential commodities, and persons seeking urgent medical attention abroad. Flights into The Gambia may be permitted only to transport returning Gambian nationals or residents to The Gambia, diplomats, and humanitarian workers.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) required for entry? Yes
- Arriving passengers must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours prior to arrival within The Gambia. Those arriving without a test that complies with these requirements – including those with tests taken outside of this 72-hour window, or ‘rapid test’ results – will be subject to mandatory quarantine in Government of The Gambia-managed facilities.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- Gambian airspace and land borders remain closed, with limited exceptions, as of March 23, 2020.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
- The Gambia currently requires a negative PCR COVID-19 test for all arrivals regardless of nationality; this test must be PCR, and the test cannot be taken more than 72 hours prior to arrival into The Gambia. Arriving passengers who do not have this specific test – including those with tests outside of this 72-hour window or ‘rapid test’ results – will be subject to mandatory quarantine in Government of The Gambia-managed facilities. Quarantined individuals should expect to be tested for COVID-19 by Gambian Health Officials upon arrival at quarantine facilities, and may be released upon a negative results. Quarantined individuals should expect to stay between 3 and 14 days in a quarantine facility, depending on their test results. 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. Those held at quarantine facilities are provided with basic shelter, food, water, and medical care.
- The Gambia has limited COVID-19 testing capacity, and it may not be possible for U.S. citizens to obtain a COVID-19 test in the country. However, the Ministry of Health has announced several sample collection sites, located at Independence Stadium, Bakau, KMC; Buffer Zone in Latrikunda, KMC; Brusubi Main Roundabout, adjacent to Petroleum House, WCR; and Brikama, behind Mbalet Junction, WCR.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- Public transportation is operating, though capacity limitations are in place and passengers must wear face coverings.
Fines for Non-Compliance:
- Fines for violations on entry/exit restrictions may be 5,000 dalasi. Fines for violations of other public health regulations may by 1,000 dalasi.
- The U.S. Embassy has suspended all routine nonimmigrant visa appointments and American Citizen Services. We will resume routine consular services as soon as possible but we are unable to provide a specific date at this time.
- The U.S. Embassy will remain open for emergency American Citizen Services. Emergency services are by appointment only; please contact ConsularBanjul@state.gov if you require emergency services.
- Consistent with Embassy policy, individuals coming to the U.S. Embassy for consular services are required to wear cloth face coverings prior to entry. Face coverings are not provided by or available at the Embassy.
- U.S. Citizens currently in The Gambia should register in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at http://step.state.gov.
Local Resources and Other Links:
- The Gambia’s Ministry of Health Website
- 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.
- World Health Organization (WHO) – The Gambia
- View U.S. Embassy Banjul’s Most Recent Alerts
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19