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: January 19, 2021
*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. 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.
- U.S. Citizens should reconsider travel to The Gambia.
- As of January 17, 2020 The Gambia has confirmed a total of 3,933 COVID-19 cases.
- The Gambian government has lifted COVID-related restrictions, allowing businesses, markets, schools, restaurants, bars, gyms, cinemas, and night clubs to resume normal operations, and borders to be open. Certain public health regulations, including the mandatory wearing of face masks and restrictions on public gatherings, remain in effect.
- 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.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in The Gambia? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- COVID-19 testing can be done at the Medical Research Council (MRC) in Fajara, or at several Gambian government-run testing facilities at Independence Stadium, Bakau, KMC; Buffer Zone in Latrikunda, KMC; Brusubi Main Roundabout, adjacent to Petroleum House, WCR; and Brikama, behind Mbalet Junction, WCR. Testing is typically available at the Gambian government-run sites Monday-Friday, and is provided at no cost. 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.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of The Gambia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? No
- The United States 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) 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 air, land, and sea borders have reopened.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
- Effective January 9, all travelers arriving from countries where new strains of the coronavirus have been identified – including the United States – will be required to undergo COVID testing upon arrival. Such travelers may also undergo mandatory quarantine at Gambian government-designated facilities, at the traveler’s own expense. Travelers must also still comply with the current requirement to possess a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival into The Gambia. Quarantined individuals should expect to be tested for COVID-19 by Gambian Health Officials upon arrival at quarantine facilities. Quarantined individuals should expect to stay up to 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.
- 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.
- 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 has resumed very limited American Citizen Services (ACS) at this time, and continues to 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.
- 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