Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for The Gambia on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

A variety of commercial flights service The Gambia. Check availability with your travel company for the latest information.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in The Gambia.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

When you return, you must follow the rules for entering the UK.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic you will be expected to self-isolate. Self-isolating at your hotel will be at your own cost. If you develop symptoms you should call 1025. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may be asked to attend a medical facility.

You will be contacted if you test positive for COVID-19. If placed in isolation, there is limited assistance offered. You should have contact details for people that can bring you food and bedding. You will be required to isolate until you receive a negative test result.

Children under 2 years old are exempt.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in The Gambia

A variety of commercial flights service The Gambia. Check availability with your travel company for the latest information. 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.

Public places and services

All facilities in The Gambia are open.

Social distancing measures should be applied. You should check with the local authorities on the current restrictions.

Healthcare in The Gambia

The government of the Gambia has set up a help line “1025” for anyone with information or concerns about coronavirus. If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should stay in place and call “1025”.

Government provided COVID-19 tests can be taken free of charge at Independence Stadium Bakau, Brusubi Turntable (next to Petroleum House) and Mbollet Market, Brikama.

In The Gambia you will need to go to a pharmacy to obtain most over-the-counter medicines. Only a very limited selection are available at supermarkets or other stores. Not all medicines available in the UK will be available in The Gambia. Travellers that require specialist medication should check availability before travel or make arrangements to bring their medicines with them. The widely used symbols are a green cross or a green ‘Bowl of Hygieia’ (a chalice or cup with a snake twined around it). UK prescriptions are accepted.

For contact details for English speaking doctors, visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.

View Health for further details on healthcare in The Gambia.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in The Gambia

We will update this page when the Government of The Gambia announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Gambia’s national vaccination programme started in March 2021 and is using the AstraZeneca, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) and Sinopharm vaccines. British nationals resident in The Gambia are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme. High-risk groups such as healthcare workers, older people and those with underlying conditions will be prioritised. For further information you should call 1025.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in The Gambia, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Further information

If you need urgent consular assistance, you can contact the British High Commission on 00220 449 5133/ 449 4508 and ukinthegambia@fcdo.gov.uk.