Gambia (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 27 October, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Vaccination Requirements: Vaccination are not compulsory for entry.
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test results is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 14 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 05.10.2021
1. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 2 years;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated.
2. Passengers arriving from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom or USA are subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated.


Detailed Tourist Information

Arriving passengers must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test upon arrival, taken within 72 hours prior to arrival within The Gambia. Those arriving without a test that complies with these requirements – including those with tests taken outside of this 72-hour window, or ‘rapid test’ results – will be subject to mandatory quarantine in Government of The Gambia-managed facilities.

As of April 2, 2021, travelers arriving from ‘hotspot’ countries will also be required to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test upon arrival at the airport. This is in addition to the negative PCR test requirement. Travelers whose rapid tests return negative will be allowed to continue home or to their arranged hotel. Travelers whose rapid test returns positive will be subject to further PCR testing and potential quarantine in Gambian government-managed facilities, at the traveler’s expense. These regulations apply to travelers arriving from the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Nigeria, France, Japan, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Jordan, Lebanon, Netherlands, Turkey, Norway, India, Pakistan, Chile, Switzerland, and Denmark.

Lockdown Details

The Gambian government has lifted COVID-related restrictions, allowing businesses, markets, schools, restaurants, bars, gyms, cinemas, and night clubs to resume normal operations.

Certain public health regulations, including the mandatory wearing of face masks and restrictions on public gatherings, remain in effect.

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