Gambia Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes No
British Yes Yes No
Canadian Yes Yes No
EU Yes Yes No
USA Yes Yes Yes

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A passport with a minimum validity of 6 months on entry is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Passport note

Visitors to The Gambia must hold return or onward tickets, all documents for their next destination and sufficient funds for their stay.


Visas for The Gambia are not required by nationals referred to in the chart for stays of up to 28 days except:

• Nationals of the USA.

Nationals who do not require a visa are usually issued with a stamp on arrival valid for 28 days and can extend this by a further 28 days at a time in Banjul (see below). 

Tourists and others travelling on last-minute bookings will be allowed entry without a visa but will be required to submit their passport to the department of immigration in Banjul within 48 hours to be issued a proper visa. Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for The Gambia.

Visa note

Nationals who can obtain a visa on arrival:
United States.

Types and cost

A visa on arrival is free of charge.


Single-entry visa: six months; multiple-entry visa: 12 months (five years for US visitors).

Application to

Consulate (or consular section at embassy) or on arrival. 

Working days

Allow two days for visa processing.

Extension of stay

For long-stay holidays, travellers must have their passport stamped in the Immigration Office in Banjul or at tourist police stations every 28 days.

Embassies and tourist offices

British High Commission in The Gambia
Telephone: +220 449 4508 / 5133 Website: Opening times: Main Office: Mon-Thu: 0800-1600; Fri: 0800-1300. Consular Office: 0900-1200.
Embassy of The Gambia in the USA
Telephone: +1 202 785 1399 Website: Opening times: Mon-Thurs 0930-1200, 1300-1600; Fri 0930-1300
Gambian High Commission in the UK
Telephone: +44 20 7229 8066 Opening times: Summer: Mon-Thurs 0930-1700, Fri 0930-1300. Winter: Mon-Thurs 0930-1600, Fri 0930-1300

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Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.