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Gambia travel restrictions

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Open for travel from Gambia
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers travelling to Gambia are required to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF).
  • Passengers are advised to hold a negative Covid-19 test certificate obtained at least 72 hours prior to departure. Passengers not holding a negative test certificate will be subject to a test on arrival at their own cost.
Flight Restrictions

published 15.10.2020

Entry restrictions
Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 72 hours before departure.

Quarantine

Self-isolation at own accommodation or government designated site.

Failure to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before you arrive in The Gambia to Ministry of Health officials will result in you being tested and quarantined for 14 -days at your own cost.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

To enter The Gambia, you will need to show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before you arrived in The Gambia to Ministry of Health officials upon arrival.

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2013)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 9 months
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: yes

Malaria (2018)
Malaria risk due predominantly to P. falciparum exists throughout the year in the entire country.
WHO recommended prevention: C

Other country requirement(s) (2013)
Meningococcal meningitis vaccination is required.

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  • Gambia Latest News: Land border with Senegal is open, flights remain limited; negative COVID-19 test needed for entry (Gov.uk.20.10.2020). Government relaxes travel restrictions, plans to open some nonessential places; Banjul International Airport will reopen no later than 31 October (The Point, 12.10.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights to and from The Gambia remain very limited. The land border with Senegal is open. Additional surveillance and detection mechanisms have been put in place at Banjul International Airport and various points of entry along The Gambia’s border. To enter The Gambia, you will need to show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before you arrived in The Gambia to Ministry of Health officials upon arrival.
    Quarantine requirements – Failure to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before you arrive in The Gambia to Ministry of Health officials will result in you being tested and quarantined for 14 -days at your own cost.
    Screening on arrival – Additional surveillance and detection mechanisms have been put in place at Banjul International Airport and various points of entry along The Gambia’s border.

    Internal Restrictions:
    All facilities in The Gambia are open. Social distancing measures should be applied. You should check with the local authorities on the current restrictions.

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    06.11.2020
  • Gambia Latest News: Land border with Senegal is open, flights remain limited; negative COVID-19 test needed for entry (Gov.uk.20.10.2020). Government relaxes travel restrictions, plans to open some nonessential places; Banjul International Airport will reopen no later than 31 October (The Point, 12.10.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights to and from The Gambia remain very limited. The Gambia’s airspace is closed, except to medical cargo flights and essential supplies. The land border with Senegal is open. To enter The Gambia, you will need to show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before you travel to Ministry of Health officials upon arrival. Failure to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before you travel to Ministry of Health officials will result in you being tested and quarantined for 14 -days at your own cost. Additional surveillance and detection mechanisms have been put in place at Banjul International Airport and various points of entry along The Gambia’s border.

    Internal Restrictions:
    All facilities in The Gambia are open. Social distancing measures should be applied. You should check with the local authorities on the current restrictions.

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    20.10.2020
  • Gambia Latest News: Government relaxes travel restrictions, plans to open some nonessential places; Banjul International Airport will reopen no later than 31 October (The Point, 12.10.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Banjul International Airport will reopen no later than 31 October 2020. Commercial flights to and from The Gambia remain very limited. The Gambia’s airspace is closed, except to medical cargo flights and essential supplies. The land border with Senegal is also closed, except for security personnel and the passage of essential supplies. To enter The Gambia, you will need to show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before you travel to Ministry of Health officials upon arrival. Failure to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before you travel to Ministry of Health officials will result in you being tested and quarantined for 14 -days at your own cost. Additional surveillance and detection mechanisms have been put in place at Banjul International Airport and various points of entry along The Gambia’s border.

    Internal Restrictions:
    All facilities in The Gambia with the exception of nightclubs and casinos are open. Social distancing measures should be applied. You should check with the local authorities on the current restrictions.

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    16.10.2020
  • Gambia Latest News: Government relaxes travel restrictions, plans to open some nonessential places; Banjul International Airport will reopen no later than 31 October (The Point, 12.10.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Banjul International Airport will reopen no later than 31 October 2020. Commercial flights to and from The Gambia remain very limited. The Gambia’s airspace is closed, except to medical cargo flights and essential supplies. The land border with Senegal is also closed, except for security personnel and the passage of essential supplies. To enter The Gambia, you will need to show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before you travel to Ministry of Health officials upon arrival. Failure to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before you travel to Ministry of Health officials will result in you being tested and quarantined for 14 -days at your own cost. Additional surveillance and detection mechanisms have been put in place at Banjul International Airport and various points of entry along The Gambia’s border.

    Internal Restrictions:
    The State of Public Emergency (SoPE) effectively expired by midnight on the 17th September 2020. All markets throughout The Gambia, regardless of the category of goods traded have since been permitted to reopen for business.
    Places of worship are open with strict public health measures in place. Financial institutions, pharmacies, supermarkets, local corner shops and essential food traders are still being allowed to stay open. The wearing of facemasks is mandatory in all public places. Violation of the curfew can result in a fine of 5000 Dalasi. Social distancing measures should be applied. You should check with the local authorities on the current restrictions.

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    12.10.2020
  • Gambia Government imposes three-week (2200-0500) curfew, public gatherings banned and markets to close by 1400 after COVID-19 cases surge (WHTC, 05.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from The Gambia remain very limited. The Gambia’s airspace is closed, except to medical cargo flights and essential supplies. The land border with Senegal is also closed, except for security personnel and the passage of essential supplies. To enter The Gambia, you will need to show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before you travel to Ministry of Health officials upon arrival. Failure to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before you travel to Ministry of Health officials will result in you being tested and quarantined for 14 -days at your own cost. Additional surveillance and detection mechanisms have been put in place at Banjul International Airport and various points of entry along The Gambia’s border.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The Gambia’s airspace is closed, except to medical cargo flights and essential supplies. The land border with Senegal is also closed, except for security personnel and the passage of essential supplies. Additional surveillance and detection mechanisms have been put in place at Banjul International Airport and various points of entry along The Gambia’s border.
    The Gambian Government announced a further 21-day extension of the State of Emergency with effect from 6 August. Places of worship are open with strict public health measures in place. Financial institutions, pharmacies, supermarkets, local corner shops and essential food traders are still being allowed to stay open. Food markets will be open only from 6am to 2pm. All markets and shopping centres will be closed on Sundays for fumigation by local authorities. All educational institutions will be closed. The wearing of facemasks is mandatory in all public places and a night curfew is in place throughout The Gambia from 10pm – 5am daily. Violation of the curfew can result in a fine of 5000 Dalasi. Social distancing measures should be applied. You should check with the local authorities on the current restrictions.

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    11.09.2020
  • Gambia Government imposes three-week (2200-0500) curfew, public gatherings banned and markets to close by 1400 after COVID-19 cases surge (WHTC, 05.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from The Gambia remain very limited. The Gambia’s airspace is closed, except to medical cargo flights and essential supplies. The land border with Senegal is also closed, except for security personnel and the passage of essential supplies. To enter The Gambia, you will need to show a negative Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before you travel. You must present a physical copy of the test results to Ministry of Health officials upon arrival. Breach of this regulation can result in a fine of up to 5000 Dalasi. Additional surveillance and detection mechanisms have been put in place at Banjul International Airport and various points of entry along The Gambia’s border.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The Gambia’s airspace is closed, except to medical cargo flights and essential supplies. The land border with Senegal is also closed, except for security personnel and the passage of essential supplies. Additional surveillance and detection mechanisms have been put in place at Banjul International Airport and various points of entry along The Gambia’s border.
    The Gambian Government announced a further 21-day extension of the State of Emergency with effect from 6 August. Places of worship are open with strict public health measures in place. Financial institutions, pharmacies, supermarkets, local corner shops and essential food traders are still being allowed to stay open. Food markets will be open only from 6am to 2pm. All markets and shopping centres will be closed on Sundays for fumigation by local authorities. All educational institutions will be closed. The wearing of facemasks is mandatory in all public places and a night curfew is in place throughout The Gambia from 10pm – 5am daily. Violation of the curfew can result in a fine of 5000 Dalasi. Social distancing measures should be applied. You should check with the local authorities on the current restrictions.

    Read more
    28.08.2020
  • Gambia Government imposes three-week (2200-0500) curfew, public gatherings banned and markets to close by 1400 after COVID-19 cases surge (WHTC, 05.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from The Gambia remain very limited. The Gambia’s airspace is closed, except to medical cargo flights and essential supplies. The land border with Senegal is also closed, except for security personnel and the passage of essential supplies. To enter The Gambia, you will need to show a negative Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before you travel. You must present a physical copy of the test results to Ministry of Health officials upon arrival. Breach of this regulation can result in a fine of up to 5000 Dalasi. Additional surveillance and detection mechanisms have been put in place at Banjul International Airport and various points of entry along The Gambia’s border.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Gambia’s airspace is closed, except to medical cargo flights and essential supplies. The land border with Senegal is also closed, except for security personnel and the passage of essential supplies. Additional surveillance and detection mechanisms have been put in place at Banjul International Airport and various points of entry along The Gambia’s border.
    The Gambian Government announced a further 21-day extension of the State of Emergency with effect from 6 August. Mosques and churches will be closed and religious gatherings at mosques and churches prohibited. Financial institutions, pharmacies, supermarkets, local corner shops and essential food traders are still being allowed to stay open. Food markets will be open only from 6am to 2pm. All markets and shopping centres will be closed on Sundays for fumigation by local authorities. All educational institutions will be closed. The wearing of facemasks is mandatory in all public places and a night curfew is in place throughout The Gambia from 10pm – 5am daily. Violation of the curfew can result in a fine of 5000 Dalasi. Social distancing measures should be applied. You should check with the local authorities on the current restrictions.

    Read more
    12.08.2020
  • Gambia State of Emergency extended until 15 July 2020; border closures continue, flight operations remain suspended (OASC,10.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from The Gambia remain very limited. The Gambia’s airspace has been closed, with the exception of medical cargo flights. The land border with Senegal is also closed, except for security personnel and the passage of essential supplies. Additional surveillance and detection mechanisms have been put in place at Banjul International Airport and various points of entry along The Gambia’s border. Anyone entering The Gambia is subject to a 14 day quarantine requirement in a designated Government facility. he land border with Senegal is also closed, except for security personnel and the passage of essential supplies.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The Gambian Government announced a further extension of the State of Emergency for 7 days with effect from 1 July. A partial relaxation of the State of Emergency was announced on 4 June. Mosques and churches can reopen, whilst markets can open from 6am to 6pm daily. Shops selling non-essential goods can also reopen. Social distancing measures should be applied. The wearing of facemasks is mandatory in all public places. Mosques and churches can reopen, whilst markets can open from 6am to 6pm daily. Shops selling non-essential goods can also reopen. Social distancing measures should be applied.

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    28.07.2020
  • Gambia State of Emergency Extended until 15 July 2020; border closures continue, flight operations remain suspended (OASC,10.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from The Gambia remain very limited. The Gambia’s airspace has been closed, with the exception of medical cargo flights. The land border with Senegal is also closed, except for security personnel and the passage of essential supplies. Additional surveillance and detection mechanisms have been put in place at Banjul International Airport and various points of entry along The Gambia’s border. Anyone entering The Gambia is subject to a 14 day quarantine requirement in a designated Government facility. he land border with Senegal is also closed, except for security personnel and the passage of essential supplies.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The Gambian Government announced a further extension of the State of Emergency for 7 days with effect from 1 July. A partial relaxation of the State of Emergency was announced on 4 June. Mosques and churches can reopen, whilst markets can open from 6am to 6pm daily. Shops selling non-essential goods can also reopen. Social distancing measures should be applied.

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    13.07.2020
  • Gambia State of Emergency Extended until 15 July 2020; border closures continue, flight operations remain suspended (OASC,10.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The Gambia’s airspace has been closed, with the exception of medical cargo, humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights. The land border with Senegal is also closed, except for security personnel and the passage of essential supplies. Anyone entering The Gambia is subject to a 14 day quarantine requirement in a designated Government facility. Additional surveillance and detection mechanisms have been put in place at Banjul International Airport and various points of entry along The Gambia’s border.

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    Internal restrictions:

    On June 10, The Government of The Gambia extended the National State of Emergency for an additional 21 days, effective until July 1; Although the State of Emergency is currently still in effect, the government announced an easing of restrictions on June 4 reopening markets, mosques (as of June 5), and churches (as of June 7). Other restrictions – including school closures, border closures, and social gathering limitations – remain in place. Social distancing measures should be applied.

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    30.06.2020
  • Gambia Government extends state of emergency for 21 days (Political Analysis, South Africa, 10.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The Gambia’s airspace has been closed, with the exception of medical cargo, humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights. The land border with Senegal is also closed, except for security personnel and the passage of essential supplies. Anyone entering The Gambia is subject to a 14 day quarantine requirement in a designated Government facility. Additional surveillance and detection mechanisms have been put in place at Banjul International Airport and various points of entry along The Gambia’s border.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    On June 10, The Government of The Gambia extended the National State of Emergency for an additional 21 days, effective until July 1; Although the State of Emergency is currently still in effect, the government announced an easing of restrictions on June 4 reopening markets, mosques (as of June 5), and churches (as of June 7). Other restrictions – including school closures, border closures, and social gathering limitations – remain in place. Social distancing measures should be applied.

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    27.06.2020
  • Gambia Government extends state of emergency for 21 days (Political Analysis, South Africa, 10.06.2020)

    Flights to Gambia are suspended.
    – This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights.

    International restrictions:

    Land borders with Senegal closed (with the exception of essential supplies and security personnel) and authorities have suspended all flights. Cargo and medical flights are exempt from this measure. All travellers originating from a country with confirmed COVID-19 cases will have to undergo a mandatory quarantine for 14 days in one of the Governments designated facilities. Those held at these facilities will be provided with proviant, shelter and medical assistance at the expense of the government.

    Internal restrictions:

    The Gambian Government has announced a further extension of the State of Emergency for 21 days with effect from 10 June. A partial relaxation of the State of Emergency was announced on 4 June. Mosques and churches can reopen, whilst markets can open from 6am to 6pm daily. Shops selling non-essential goods can also reopen. Social distancing measures should be applied. All public transport shall carry only half of the total number of passengers permitted to transport by law.

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    11.06.2020
  • Gambia Government extends state of public emergency until 10 June (OASC,20.05.2020) .

    Flights to Gambia are suspended.
    – This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights.

    International restrictions:

    Land borders with Senegal closed (with the exception of essential supplies and security personnel) and authorities have suspended all flights. Cargo and medical flights are exempt from this measure. All travellers originating from a country with confirmed COVID-19 cases will have to undergo a mandatory quarantine for 14 days in one of the Governments designated facilities. Those held at these facilities will be provided with proviant, shelter and medical assistance at the expense of the government.

    Internal restrictions:

    All public gatherings, including international and local conferences, have been suspended. All schools and universities as well as entertainment venues have been closed. A state of emergency was declared and will last until at least May 17, and it has been extended until 10 June. This resulted in: Closure of all non-essential food markets, madrassas, places of worship, majilis and daras. A maximum of ten people are allowed to attend weddings, baptisms, funerals, and all other social gatherings. All public transport shall carry only half of the total number of passengers permitted to transport by law.

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    10.06.2020
  • Gambia Government extends state of public emergency until 10 June (OASC,20.05.2020) . Flights to Gambia are suspended.

    International restrictions:

    Land borders with Senegal closed (with the exception of essential supplies and security personnel) and authorities have suspended all flights. Cargo and medical flights are exempt from this measure. All travellers originating from a country with confirmed COVID-19 cases will have to undergo a mandatory quarantine for 14 days in one of the Governments designated facilities. Those held at these facilities will be provided with proviant, shelter and medical assistance at the expense of the government.

    Internal restrictions:

    All public gatherings, including international and local conferences, have been suspended. All schools and universities as well as entertainment venues have been closed. A state of emergency was declared and will last until at least May 17, and it has been extended until 10 June. This resulted in: Closure of all non-essential food markets, madrassas, places of worship, majilis and daras. A maximum of ten people are allowed to attend weddings, baptisms, funerals, and all other social gatherings. All public transport shall carry only half of the total number of passengers permitted to transport by law.

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    21.05.2020
  • Gambia Government extends state of public emergency until 10 June (OASC,20.05.2020) . Flights to Gambia are suspended.

    International restrictions:

    Land borders with Senegal closed (with the exception of essential supplies and security personnel) and authorities have suspended all flights. Cargo and medical flights are exempt from this measure. All travellers originating from a country with confirmed COVID-19 cases will have to undergo a mandatory quarantine for 14 days in one of the Governments designated facilities. Those held at these facilities will be provided with proviant, shelter and medical assistance at the expense of the government.

    Internal restrictions:

    All public gatherings, including international and local conferences, have been suspended. All schools and universities as well as entertainment venues have been closed. A state of emergency was declared and will last until at least May 17, and it has been extended until 10 June. This resulted in: Closure of all non-essential food markets, madrassas, places of worship, majilis and daras. A maximum of ten people are allowed to attend weddings, baptisms, funerals, and all other social gatherings. All public transport shall carry only half of the total number of passengers permitted to transport by law.

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    21.05.2020
  • Gambia Government extends state of public emergency for 45 days to contain spread (04.04.2020)

    Flights to Gambia are suspended.

    Land borders with Senegal closed (with the exception of essential supplies and security personnel) and authorities have suspended all flights. Cargo and medical flights are exempt from this measure.

    All travellers originating from a country with confirmed COVID-19 cases will have to undergo a mandatory quarantine for 14 days in one of the Governments designated facilities. Those held at these facilities will be provided with proviant, shelter and medical assistance at the expense of the government.

    Internal restrictions:

    All public gatherings, including international and local conferences, have been suspended. A state of emergency was declared and will last until May 17 at least.
    All public transport shall carry only half of the total number of passengers permitted to transport by law.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    OSAC Travel Advisories/
    Ministry of Health/
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