What is a Gambian Visa?
A stamp impression or an endorsement, which is placed in the traveler’s valid document who seeks entry or transit through the Gambia, subject to special immigration requirement at the port of entry and valid to remain in the Gambia for a specific period of time and number of journeys specified therein.
Having a Gambian visa allows you to travel to a port of entry, air, sea and land border crossing. While having a visa does not guarantee entry to the Republic of The Gambia, it does indicate a consular officer or a representative of the Director General abroad has determined you are eligible to seek entry for that specific purpose. Border Officers are responsible for admission of travelers to The Gambia.
Types of Visas
The type of visa an applicant must obtain is defined by your intended travel and other facts. Consular officer or a representative of the Director General of Immigration must ensure all visa requirements are met and issued accordingly
How to Apply for a Visa
Check whether you require a visa to travel to the Republic of The Gambia or you belong to the visa waiver program countries, if you do need to apply for a Gambian visa, please follow the step below:
Step 1 Visit the website http://gambiaembassydc.org/documents and download the visa application form
Step 2 Submit the passport with the visa application form to the Embassy of the Republic of The Gambia with the following:
o A nonrefundable application fee of $100.00 in money order payable to the Embassy of The Gambia for regular visa processing fee. Express service fee is available for an additional fee of $50.00 making it $150.00.
o Submit the passport to paste the visa on (valid passport)
o One passport-size photograph on white background (taken in the last six months;
please write name and passport number at the back and sign)
o Prepaid self-addressed/return envelope (FedEx/UPS or Priority/Express Mail)
o Children under 18 years must submit a parental consent if unaccompanied by parents
o Personal or telephone interview may be required
o Application without the relevant requirements will not be considered
Step 3 Processing of visa for regular services is between 5 – 10 business days. Express services are processed within 1 – 3 business days. In both cases, the processing period refers to the date the application is received between 10 AM and 12 PM.