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The Gambia is also called “The Smiling Coast of Africa”. Its beautiful coastline and temperate weather attracts travelers from all corners of the globe.
Gambia is biologically diverse and is home to many national parks with a wide variety of species.
The country was once heavily involved in the slave trade. As a result, there are many monuments and museums that serve to educate travellers about the trade.
Whether you are looking to relax on the beach, seeking an adventure, or dive into a different culture, Gambia has something to offer for every traveller.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Gambia. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Gambia: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, and influenza.
Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry to Gambia.
Malaria is an ongoing threat in Gambia. It is strongly recommended individuals take antimalarial medication before visiting Gambia. Other measures such as repellents and netting will provide more protection.
Gambia is in the ‘meningitis belt’, a section of Africa known for meningitis transmission. Meningitis vaccination is recommended for individuals traveling from December to June.
‘Banjul Belly’ or travelers diarrhea is common and precautions should be taken. Make sure to add a traveler’s diarrhea kit to your packing list.
Visit our vaccinations page to learn more. Travel safely with Passport Health and schedule your appointment today by calling or book online now.
Cholera is reported as active in Gambia. The threat of contracting cholera to tourists is considered low. Cholera vaccination is recommended especially for relief work and health care settings.
A vaccination is the best protection against cholera. Passport Health clinics offer Vaxchora. Vaxchora is the only cholera vaccine available in the United States.
Yes, U.S. citizens visiting Gambia must have a visa and and passport valid for the duration of their stay.
Proof of yellow fever vaccination is also required for entry.
For more information, see our Gambia visa page. Or contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Gambia has a wet and dry season. The wet seasons lasts from June to October. The dry season ranges from November to May.
The months of November to March are cool and involve a sporadic breeze. January to April is characterized by the Harmattan winds that blow from the Indian to the Atlantic Ocean. In Gambia the average daytime temperature is around 80 degrees.
There has been a rise in attacks on tourists. It is important to exercise a high degree of caution while traveling in Gambia.
Pickpocketing is very common, as is theft from hotel rooms and vehicles. Men called “bumsters” will often target tourists and offer themselves as tour guides. Beware of “bumsters” as they often demand high payments that are not agreed upon, politely decline any offers.
While in Gambia, monitor local media to avoid demonstrations and other large gatherings which often result in violence.
Many of the roads in Gambia, are narrow, poorly lit, and require a four wheel drive. Avoid driving in rural areas after dark. Police road blocks are common, and you may be asked for identification. Always cooperate with the authorities and stop at all police roadblocks and checkpoints.
For river crossings, wooden pirogues are often used. Do not use wooden pirogues as they lack security measures and are prone to overcrowding.
The town Janjangbureh, known as “Georgetown” is the old ‘second’ city of colonial times. Janjangbureh is one of the oldest river towns in Gambia. It serves as the administrative headquarters for the central river region.
Basse is another a river town with a lively feel. It is one of the major trading centers along the river. Basse is linguistically diverse with languages such as Arabic, French, Wolof, Serer, Mandinka, and English being spoken.
An excursion to Janjangbureh and Basse is ideal for a traveller seeking an adventure.
Here are some essential items to consider for your trip to Gambia:
If you find yourself in need of help while traveling in Gambia, there is a U.S. embassy in the capital city of Banjul.
U.S. Embassy Banjul
92 Kairaba Avenue, Fajara
Telephone: +(220) 439-2856, +(220) 439-2858 or +(220) 439-1971
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(220) 437-2856, x-2466
Fax: +(220) 439-2475
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