Gambia

Gambia is becoming a popular vacation destination for Northern Europeans. Therefore, many charter and holiday operators offer reasonable airfare and accommodation if desired.

Entry Requirements

US and South African citizens must obtain a Gambian visa before entering the Gambia. Visas can be obtained at the Gambian High Commission in Dakar, Senegal. Single entry visas cost USD100, XOF35,000 about USD69, so a better deal! or multi-entry for three month period cost XOF30,000. New Zealanders, Australians, Singaporeans, Malaysians, Taiwanese, British, Finns, Dutch, and some Europeans may not require visas for stays up to 90 days. Canadians can acquire a 30 day visitor's visa upon arrival. Always check with the High Commission or Embassy before making travel arrangements.

A single entry visa could surely also be obtained at the border for XOF15,000, at least for Europeans and US citizens, even when the embassy in Dakar claims and insists the opposite, as they wish you pay more to them instead!

Information about obtaining a visa on arrival is available at the website of the Gambia Immigration Department.

A list of countries whose citizens can enter without a visa is available at the website of the Gambia Immigration Department.

By bus
By bus

There are direct GPTC buses running from Barra a ferry ride away from Banjul to Dakar (http://www.hansrossel.com...), but these are not recommended as they are slower than the bush taxis.

By plane
By plane

There are regular flights from Nigeria by Bellview which come 2 times a week on Wednesdays and Fridays. Also, there are daily flights from Dakar provided by Air Senegal and Slok Air. aBinter Canarias operates regular weekly flights to/from Gran Canaria Las Palmas on saturdays. During the tourist season October to April, there are regular scheduled flights direct from cities such as Manchester, Amsterdam, and Brussels. Current charter operators include Monarch Airlines, First Choice Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Transavia, and Arkefly. However, several of these often book tickets through tour operators. It should be noted that booking one-way or round trip tickets originating in Gambia on these airlines can be difficult or impossible.

Gambia Bird flies direct to Barcelona in Spain and, if booked in advance, offer some good deals.

By ship
By ship

It's possible to privately charter small fishing vessels from Dakar and neighbouring areas; though this can be fairly expensive and slow should one not be proficient at bargaining.

By car
By car

Sept-places or bush taxis run from Dakar to Banjul and Banjul to Ziguinchor.

It is possible use your private car to drive from Senegal to The Gambia via the border town of Amdalli just north of Barra. The border crossing is pretty straight forward. You will need your V5 logbook. The road approaching the border from Senegal is terrible and its easier to drive next to the road as opposed to on it. Check before you travel if it is OK to bring in a right hand drive vehicle, as there are conflicting reports on the possibility of this although some have.