Gambia Travel Guide


Overview Gambia

Current information

Former President Jammeh has left Gambia. The newly elected President Barrow has returned to Banjul and has taken over the business of government. The situation and daily life have normalized.

Travelers and German nationals staying in the Gambia are further advised to stay away from crowds and demonstrations and to follow the further development of the situation carefully.

Germans residing in the country are also recommended to register on the crisis prevention list of the responsible German embassy in Dakar, Senegal or to check their availability and, if necessary, to update: External link, opens in a new window

Country-specific safety information

Crime / Terrorism In view of the possible terrorist activities in the entire West Africa region, attacks against Western institutions or nationals cannot be ruled out in the Gambia either. It is therefore advisable to be more vigilant about suspicious objects and people.

As in many urban centers around the world, criminal attacks such as pickpockets and sometimes violent attacks can occur in the Serrekunda and Banjul area. Every now and then “rule violations” (eg violations of traffic or customs regulations) are punished by the Gambian law enforcement officers, who hope for a little extra income. Visitors should not visibly carry any valuables (watches, rings, chains) with them after entering the country Only have a copy of your passport with you. Do not carry bags with you. Neck pouches or waist straps are recommended to keep money safe. Solitary unsupervised beaches should be avoided. In the event of a robbery, no resistance should be offered.

There are indications that there are more attempts at fraud in the tourist areas in connection with affirmations of love or intentions to marry, which lead to monetary claims or requests for an invitation to apply for a visa. Travelers should exercise caution in this regard.

Land / road travel

It is generally recommended that when traveling in unfamiliar surroundings after dark and / or on your own, particular caution is exercised and that you do not drive overland in the dark as there is an increased risk of accidents.

The ferry across the Gambia River near Banjul for onward travel to Senegal is considered unsafe, so it is not recommended to use it.


There may be arbitrary arrests and restrictions on consular assistance in detention cases. Missions abroad are often not informed about arrests and access to detainees is made more difficult. After an arrest, a prolonged prison term can be expected. The conditions of detention do not correspond to European standards.

The German embassy in Dakar has a liaison office in Gambia, which cannot offer the same range of consular services and assistance as the embassy. Decisions on applications of a consular nature (assistance, passport applications, etc.) are made exclusively by the embassy in Dakar.



The following articles can be imported into Gambia duty-free:
200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 g tobacco or 250 g mixed tobacco products (from 18 years);
1 l spirits (from 18 years);
1 l wine (from 18 years);
250 ml of perfume or eau de toilette.

Import regulations

An import permit is required for weapons, ammunition, plants and food. A medical certificate in English is required for the import of prescription drugs that could be confused with narcotics.



In Gambia, a country located in Africa according to remzfamily, you can buy souvenirs at the handicraft market in Banjul (across from MacCarthy Square) as well as on the Bengdulalu (see vacation spots & excursions). One of the most popular souvenirs is the Gambi shirt made of brightly printed and embroidered cotton. Wood carvings, beaded belts, silver and gold jewelry, and handbags are also very popular; Other West African handicrafts made of straw, pearls, leather, fabric or metal are also available. Opening times of the shops: generally Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2.30 p.m.-6 p.m. as well as Fri and Sat 9 a.m.-1 p.m.



There are night clubs in Banjul, Farjara, Bakau and Serekunda. Fire eaters and ballet, drum and dance groups often perform in hotels.



90% Muslim, 9% Christian and animist minorities.

Social rules of conduct

You shake hands in greeting. Nanga def (“How are you”) is the traditional greeting. The country is shaped by Muslims, European customs are not unknown due to tourism. The Gambians are known for their open and friendly manner. Casual clothing is accepted, but swimwear should be worn on the beach. Only very upscale restaurants expect evening wear. The right hand is always used to hand over or receive objects. Despite the European influence through tourism, tradition and culture in music, dances and handicrafts are cultivated on both banks of the Gambia. Tipping: A tip of 10% is common in hotels, restaurants and taxis.

Gambia Travel Guide