FACTSHEET: Gambia in the World of Travel – Visas and Exemptions

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By Louise S. A. Alsan (@AlsanLouise)

In 2022, we published a Factsheet on 70 destinations that Gambians can travel to without a visa.

This new Factsheet goes further to explain not only the number of countries that Gambians can travel to without a visa, or with a visa before traveling or upon arrival, and eVisas, but also travel requirements for other nationalities around the world wanting to visit the “Smiling Coast of Africa”

The Gambian passport is currently ranked at 74th in the world, according to visaindex.com, which is operated by Guide Consultants LLC, a global leader in economic citizenship and residency by investment programs. Our Passport provides visa-free access to 46 destinations worldwide.

Holders of a Gambian passport can travel visa-free to popular tourist destinations like the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, and Senegal.

However, the 2024 Passport Index, the original interactive passport ranking tool in the world, Gambia’s passport is ranked 73 in the world with 46 visa-free destinations, 27 visa-on-arrival destinations, and 125 countries for which Gambians require a prior visa to visit.

The Gambian Passport takes you to 46 countries without a visa, to 21 other countries where holders are given a visa upon arrival, and 2 countries an electronic travel authorisation (eTA)

Here’s a list of visa-free countries for Gambian passport holders based on Passport Index:

Visa Free Countries for Gambians:

1.    Bahamas2.    Bangladesh3.    Barbados4.    Belize
5.    Benin6.    Botswana7.    British Virgin Islands8.    Burkina Faso
9.    Cape Verde10. Cook Islands11. Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)12. Dominica
13. Eswatini14. Fiji15. Ghana16. Grenada
17. Guinea18. Guinea-Bissau19. Haiti20. Jamaica
21. Kiribati22. Lesotho23. Liberia24. Malawi
25. Malaysia26. Mali27. Mauritania28. Mauritius
29. Micronesia30. Montserrat31. Niger32. Nigeria
33. Philippines34. Rwanda35. Saint Kitts and Nevis36. Senegal
37. Sierra Leone38. Singapore39. St. Vincent and the Grenadines40. Suriname
41. Tanzania42. Togo43. Trinidad and Tobago44. Tunisia
45. Uganda46. Vanuatu

 

Visa on Arrival for Gambians:

The Visa Index website now lists 21 visa-on-arrival-destinations for Gambian passport holders. It’s important to note that visa on arrival policies can change, so be sure to check with the embassy or consulate of your destination country for the latest requirements.

1.    Bolivia2.    Burundi3.    Cambodia4.    Comoros
5.    Djibouti6.    Ethiopia7.    Laos8.    Macao
9.    Madagasca10. Maldives11. Mozambique12. Namibia
13. Nepal14. Nicaragua15. Niue16. Palau
17. Saint Lucia18. Samoa19. Seychelles20. Timor-Leste
21. Tuvalu22.23.24.

 

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA):

There are currently two destinations requiring an eTA for Gambian passport holders.

  1. Sri Lanka
  2. Kenya

On the other hand, Gambia passport holders need to apply for physical visa or eVisa to enter into 160 countries.

One could notice that there has been a significant change since our last publication in 2022 as Free Visa Destination has increased from 40 to 46, while Visa on Arrival has reduced from 29 to 21 destination, eTA from 1 to 2.

Travel Requirements for Other Nationals

According to the Gambia Embassy in Belgium which oversees several EU Countries, nationals of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) do not need a visa to enter The Gambia for a period of ninety (90) days when in possession of a valid travel document and an international health certificate.

ECOWAS Member States:

  1. Benin
  2. Burkina Faso
  3. Cabo Verde
  4. Cote D’Ivoire
  5. Ghana
  6. Guinea
  7. Guinea Bissau
  8. Liberia
  9. Mali
  10. Niger
  11. Nigeria
  12. Senegal
  13. Sierra Leone
  14. Togo
  15. [The Gambia]

Eighteen (18) countries are exempted from visa requirements when visiting The Gambia for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days.

Countries that are exempted from Visa Requirement:

  1. Australia
  2. Belgium
  3. Canada
  4. Finland
  5. Germany
  6. Iceland
  7. Indonesia
  8. Italy
  9. Luxemburg
  10. Morocco
  11. Poland
  12. Russia
  13. San Marino
  14. Spain
  15. Sweden
  16. The Netherlands
  17. Tunisia
  18. United Kingdom

Countries that need both Visa and Clearance:

Nationals of seventy-nine (79) countries on the list below need a Visa and Clearance to visit The Gambia.

 AfricaEuropeAsia & The Middle EastThe Americas & The Caribbeans
1Algeria1.     Albania1.     Afghanistan1.     Bahamas
2Angola2.     Balarus2.     Armenia2.     Bolivia
3Botswana3.     Bosnia3.     Azerbaijan3.     Chile
4Burundi4.     Bulgaria4.     Bahrain4.     Bermuda
5Cameroon5.     Croatia5.     Bangladesh5.     Colombia
6Central African Republic6.     Estonia6.     Bhutan6.     Haiti
7Chad7.     Georgia7.     Brunei
8Comoros Island8.     Lithuania8.     Cambodia
9Congo9.     Macedonia9.     China
10D.R Congo10.  Maldova10.  India
11Djibouti11.  Serbia11.  Iran
12Egypt12.  Slovakia12.  Iraq
13Equatorial Guinea13.  Slovenia13.  Israel
14Eritrea14.  Ukraine14.  Japan
15Ethiopia15.  Jordan
16Gabon16.  Kazakhstan
17Libya17.  Kuwait
18Madagascar18.  Kyrgyzstan
19Rwanda19.  Laos
20Mozambique20.  Lebanon
21Somalia21.  Mongolia
22South Africa22.  Myanmar
23South Sudan23.  Nepal
24Sudan24.  North Korea
25.  Oman
26.  Pakistan
27.  Palestine
28.  Qatar
29.  Saudi Arabia
30.  Syria
31.  Tajikistan
32.  Turkmenistan
33.  United Arab Emirates
34.  Uzbekistan
35.  Yemen

 

Nationals of thirty-two (32) countries need only a visa to enter Gambia

 AfricaEuropeAmericans & The CaribbeansAustralia & The Pacific
1Eswatini1.    Andorra1.    Argentina1.    Flores
2Zambia2.    Austria2.    Belize2.    Lombok
3.    Czech Republic3.    Brazil3.    Melanesia
4.    France4.    Costa Rico4.    New Caledonia
5.    Liechtenstein5.    Cuba5.    New Guinea
6.    Malta6.    Mexico6.    New Zealand
7.    Portugal7.    Nicaragua7.    Sulawesi
8.    Switzerland8.    Panama8.    Sumbawa
9.    Hungary9.    United States of America9.    Tasmania
10. Romania10. Timor
11. Greece

 

Countries that need only clearance

Also, there are thirty-four (34) countries that only needs Clearance to visit The Gambia.

 

 AfricaAsia & The Middle EastThe Americas & The Caribbean
1Kenya1.     East Timor1.     Antigua & Barbuda
2Malawi2.     Indonesia2.     Barbados
3Mauritius3.     Malaysia3.     Anguilla
4Nambia4.     Maldives4.     Aruba
5Sao Tome & Principe5.     Philippines5.     Dominican Republic
6Seychelles6.     Singapore6.     Ecuador
7Tanzania7.     South Korea7.     El Salvador
8Tunisia8.     Sri Lanka8.     Grenada
9Uganda9.     Thailand9.     Guyana
10Zimbabwe10.  Vietnam10.  Honduras
11.  Jamaica
12.  St. Kitts & Nevis
13.  St Lucia
14.  St Vincent & Grenadines
15.  Suriname
16.  Trinidad & Tobago
17.  Uruguay
18.  Venezuela
19.  Cayman Island
20.  Guadalupe
21.  Martinique
22.  Montserrat
23.  Netherland Antilles
24.  Puerto Rico

 

 

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