Nonimmigrant Visas

Urgent information for visa applicants regarding our current operations:

*** 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. ***

As of May 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Banjul is resuming interviews for limited categories of nonimmigrant visas, including visa applications for students and exchange visitors (F, M, and J), journalists (I), and temporary employment and investment (E, H1B, L, O, P).  While the Embassy aims to schedule visa interviews as quickly as practicable, capacity is extremely limited, and applicants should expect wait times for visa interview appointments.  Applicants in these categories should follow the guidance at to schedule an appointment. 

Interviews for all other nonimmigrant visa categories, including business and tourist visas (B1/B2), remain suspended.  For nonimmigrant visa applicants, the U.S. Embassy will extend the validity of your MRV visa fee payment until September 22, 2022.

The Embassy will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services for urgent humanitarian, medical, and business travel.  If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at, email, or call +220 438 4444 (from The Gambia) or +1-703-520-2572 (from the United States) to request an emergency appointment.

U.S. visa holders should be aware of potential restrictions for travelers who transit the Schengen area(including France, Spain, and Portugal) within 14 days prior to their arrival in the United States. These restrictions do not apply to when travelling directly from Senegal or through other common transit points outside of the Schengen area. These restrictions also do notapply to U.S. citizens or green card holders, or diplomatic or official travelers.  Please refer to theDepartment of Homeland Security for all of the latest travel restrictions that may affect you.

The Consular section of the Embassy provides regular U.S. citizen services and conducts visa interviews on an appointment basis during normal Embassy hours. Those needing emergency services are accommodated without an appointment.

Visitors for U.S. citizen services may use the front gate on Kairaba Avenue. Visitors for visa interviews are asked the come to the non-immigrant visa waiting room via the back gate. For further information please contact: 220- 4392856 Ext.1341

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:

The Consular Section of the Embassy conducts visa interviews on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. People visiting the Embassy for visa related issues should use the Embassy back gate. For American Citizens Services, interviews are conducted in the afternoons of Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday and people can use the front gate of the Embassy on Kairaba Avenue. For further information please contact: 439 28 56 ext. 1341/1321.