Gambia Overview


Official name of the state

Republic of the Gambia.




As a country located in Africa according to mysteryaround, the Gambia lies on the African Atlantic coast and consists of a narrow strip of land that is at no point wider than 50 km and extends along both banks of the Gambia River from east to west. The Gambia, the westernmost and smallest nation in Africa, borders the Atlantic Ocean in the west and is otherwise exclusively enclosed by Senegal. The country consists mainly of a low plateau that rises towards the Atlantic and is loosened up by some table mountains as well as by the Gambia river and its tributaries. The region around Georgetown is enclosed in the north by rocky hills. Mangrove swamps dominate the coast and river banks, only at the lower end of the river are steep red banks dominated by bamboo and lush rainforest. The park-like savannah, which is largely covered with palm trees, mahogany, Rosewood and rubber trees make up a large part of the landscape. There are impressive sandstone cliffs and 50 km of beaches at the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean.


Presidential republic (in the Commonwealth) since 1970. New constitution since 1997. Unicameral parliament with 53 members. 48 members of parliament are elected for 5 years, 5 members are appointed by the head of state. Independent since 1965 (former British colony).

Head of state

Adama Barrow, since January 2017.

Head of government

Adama Barrow, since January 2017.


220 V, 50 Hz. Round or square (English) three-pin plugs.

Time zone

Greenwich Mean Time: CET -1

Gambia Overview



1 dalasi = 100 butut. Currency abbreviation: D, GMD (ISO code). There are banknotes in denominations of 100, 50, 25, 10 and 5 D; Coins in denominations of 1 D as well as 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 Butut. Bututs are hardly in circulation anymore.

Credit cards

The most common credit cards, especially Visa, are accepted in larger hotels and some restaurants. The conversion to euros is done using the British pound and the fees can be high. Details from the issuer of the credit card in question.

ec / Maestro card / Sparcard

Attention: Travelers who pay with their bank card abroad and want to withdraw money should find out about the possibilities of using their card from their bank before starting their journey.

The acceptance of EC cards at ATMs is very limited. I. As a rule, it works at the Standard Chartered Bank, Ecobank and GT Bank machines.

Bank opening times

  1. General Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-4 p.m., partly also Sat 9 a.m.-1.30 p.m.

Foreign exchange regulations

There are no import restrictions for national or foreign currencies; there is an obligation to declare foreign currencies. The export of the national currency is limited to the amount imported, but may not exceed 75 D. Export of foreign currencies up to the amount declared.

The government is fighting the black market; Visitors must declare all foreign currencies upon entry. Currencies from Algeria, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Tunisia are neither accepted nor exchanged. CFA Francs are accepted.

Currency Exchange

The Gambian currency is not convertible outside the country. There is a bank / exchange office at the airport that is open during scheduled flight operations. In Banjul, as well as in the nearby towns of Serrekunda, Bakau, Fajara and Kololi, there are several banks and exchange offices that exchange foreign currencies; Hotels and holiday villages often charge high fees for this.

The currencies of Algeria, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Tunisia are not accepted and cannot be changed.



The official language is English. Manding, Ful and Wolof are also widely used. Incidentally, Jola, Serahule and Arabic are also spoken.


Business etiquette

The personal element plays an important role in Gambian business circles. Punctuality is expected. Business cards are useful.

Business hours:
Mon-Thu 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri 8 a.m.-12.30 p.m.


Gambia Chamber of Commerce (Chamber of Commerce)
55 Kairaba Avenue, Serrekunda GM
Tel: (220) 37 89 29

Business contacts

Gambia Chamber of Commerce (Chamber of Commerce)
55 Kairaba Avenue, Serrekunda GM
Tel: (220) 37 89 29



Dial-up remote service. Public phone booths are located in the city centers. However, a large number of these public telephones fail due to vandalism.


GSM 900. Network providers are GAMTEL (Internet: and Africell (Gambia) Ltd. (Internet: There is currently a roaming contract with Switzerland.


The main providers are GAMTEL (Internet: and Quantumnet (Internet: Internet cafes can be found in larger cities.

Post Office

Airmail to Europe takes at least 3 days. Post office opening times: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sat 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to contact Deutsche Welle customer service directly (Tel: (+49) (0228) 429 32 08. Internet: to request.


Best travel time

Subtropical with rainy and dry seasons. Dry season on the coast from mid-November to mid-May, the rainy season from June to October. Inland it is shorter than on the coast. Temperatures are very high between March and June.


Area code +220 Area (sqkm) 11295 Population 1967 709 Population density (per sqkm) 174 Population in 2015 Member of the EU No main emergency number 16