Last updated: 30 November 2021
Travelling to Gambia
Everything you need to know before you go
This page gives specific information about travelling to Gambia. Please also see our main Travelling with Confidence section for general information.
Travel restrictions and entry requirements are in place for most countries and can change with little notice. It is your responsibility to check the relevant local government websites and comply with all up to date entry requirements for your destination before you travel.
Current requirements for travelling to Gambia
- Non-vaccinated or partially vaccinated passengers arriving from the UK will require a negative PCR test taken nomore than 72 hours before your arrival date and time.
- Passengers holding a COVID-19 vaccination certificate are exempt from presenting a negative PCR test on arrival. Proof of two COVID-19 vaccinations completed at least 14 days before travel. If you live in England, Gambia will accept the NHS app or your NHS letter to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. You should not use your NHS vaccine appointment card to demonstrate your vaccine status. Failure to provide proof of either may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel.
Please refer to UK Government Foreign Travel Advice website for further updates. We recommend that you sign up for the FCDO travel advice email alert, so you automatically receive the latest travel alert for the destination you are travelling to. You must have adequate travel insurance in place for your holiday.
Current requirements for travelling to the UK back from Gambia
|Measure||Vaccinated & under 18 passengers||Non-vaccinated passengers||Red country|
|Passenger Locator Form required within the 48 hours prior to arriving in the UK||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Pre-departure test required 72 hours prior to arrival in England||No||Yes||Yes|
|Self-isolation||Until received negative result||10 days self-isolation at home||10 days in a managed hotel|
|Test on day 2 of your arrival back into England||Yes - PCR||Yes - PCR||Yes - PCR|
|PCR test on day 8 of your arrival back into England||No||Yes||Yes|
|Test to release on day 5||No||Optional||Not possible|
**If you are travelling from/to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, the above tests may not be suitable for you. Please check the latest UK border control rules for you
We recognise that due to the ongoing pandemic, you are required to pay for Covid tests and are doing everything we can to make it easier and lower the cost. We have partnered with several testing firms and secured a discounted rates on PCR and Rapid Lateral Flow tests for our customers.
|Randox||PCR||£43||OLYMPICH||Can be used for either day 2, day 5 or day 8. Can also be used if your destination required a negative test before arriving.|
|Randox||Lateral Flow||£21.5||OLYMPICH||If you have been fully vaccinated or under 18, you can take a Lateral Flow test for day 2|
|Eurofins||PCR||£44.90||None required||Can be used for either day 2, day 5 or day 8. Can also be used if your destination required a negative test before arriving.|