Last updated: 04/07/2021
*** 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 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.
- S. Citizens should reconsider travel to The Gambia.
- As of April 5, 2021 The Gambia has confirmed a total of 5,564 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. On March 8, a new restriction on public gatherings was implemented. Certain public health regulations, including the mandatory wearing of face masks, 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, and the Ministry of Health’s Facebook.
- 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 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
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 and Sinopharm
- 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 vaccinesin 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
- Arriving passengers must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test upon arrival, 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.
- As of April 2, 2021, travelers arriving from ‘hotspot’ countries will also be required to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test upon arrival at the airport. This is in addition to the negative PCR test requirement. Travelers whose rapid tests return negative will be allowed to continue home or to their arranged hotel. Travelers whose rapid test returns positive will be subject to further PCR testing and potential quarantine in Gambian government-managed facilities, at the traveler’s expense. These regulations apply to travelers arriving from the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Nigeria, France, Japan, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Jordan, Lebanon, Netherlands, Turkey, Norway, India, Pakistan, Chile, Switzerland, and Denmark.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
- Travelers arriving from Gambian government designated ‘hotspot’ countries – including the United States – will be required to undergo rapid testing upon arrival at the airport. 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 at Gambian government-designated facilities, at the traveler’s own expense. 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
- The U.S. Embassy has resumed limited routine American Citizen Services (ACS) at this time, and continues to remain open for emergency American Citizen Services. Routine services are by appointment only; please contact ConsularBanjul@state.gov if you would like to schedule an ACS appointment or if you require emergency services.
- The U.S. Embassy has suspended all routine visa operations. We are unable to provide a specific timeline for resumption of visa services, but will update our website accordingly.
- 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.
- 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