Gambia Travel Advice and Travel Advisories

The Gambia Travel Vaccines and Advice

While traveling to Gambia, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.

The Gambia is a country visited for its beautiful beaches surrounded by charming fishing villages and bird watching sites. Banjul, the main city, proudly overlooks the Atlantic coast. It will enchant you with its white sanded beaches which are among the prettiest of Africa. Treat yourself to an unforgettable boat trip on the river that flows through the country. A fantastic colourful show awaits you. Then make a trip to the Abuko Nature Reserve or the Kiang West Nature Parks to admire birds, crocodiles, antelopes and monkeys. The Gambia offers a pleasant climate, especially between November and February. It is also the best time to observe birds since it is a real paradise for birdwatchers.

While traveling to Gambia, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.
A beautiful sunset in the Gambia

Recommended travel vaccinations for The Gambia

VaccineDisease Transmission
Traveler’s diarrheaContaminated water/food
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis BContaminated body fluids
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
RabiesInfected Animals
Yellow FeverMosquito bites
MeningitisAirborne Droplets

Recommended Medication for Travelling to The Gambia

MedicationAdditional Information
Azithromycin or SupraxAntibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea
Malarone, Doxycycline or MefloquineRecommended anti-malaria medication

Current Weather in The Gambia


Medical Care in The Gambia

Indicators of health in Gambia are not promising. Relative to the expectations of the population, the national health system is insufficient. Public facilities have not been renovated for many years and are very limited. It is extremely difficult to access even the most basic of health care. Although some good quality private hospitals like the Edward Francis Small teaching hospital exist, the cost of care is extortionate.

Drugs are insufficient and often unavailable. For this reason, it is essential to pack an emergency pharmacy.

If you need medical assistance, dial 116. In the event of an emergency, call Edward Francis Small teaching hospital or Medical Research Council at (+220) 449-5442/6.

Is The Gambia Safe for Travel?

Safety and Security Descriptive
Crime Risk present; Beware of “bumsters” which are fake tour guides
Terrorism Risk present
Demonstrations Risk of violence
Road safety Roads in rural areas are not paved
Regional travel Click the link below for precautions
Fraud Risk present
Risk level High degree of caution
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Do I Need a Visa to Visit The Gambia?

Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.

Both, a visa and a passport are required to enter The Gambia. The passport must be valid for the duration of the stay.

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