Last updated: 20 August 2014
The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
An outbreak of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria. If you travel to this region you should follow the health advice issued by the National Travel Health Network and Centre. There have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in The Gambia.
For further details about this outbreak of Ebola, see the World Health Organization website, the NaTHNaC outbreak surveillance database and this map showing the areas affected.
The Gambia withdrew from the Commonwealth on 3 October 2013. A period of anti-UK rhetoric by the Gambian President followed this decision. Although this rhetoric has since subsided and anti-UK sentiment among the wider population appears limited, you should avoid discussing politically sensitive topics.
Following political disagreement between the government of The Gambia and the European Union about the deterioration of human rights in The Gambia there has been an increase in political tension which may lead to unannounced demonstrations in Banjul and other parts of the country. You should avoid all demonstrations.
Most visits to The Gambia are trouble-free although independent travellers are at increased risk due to the lack of local support in an emergency. If you’re travelling independently, make sure next of kin in the UK have details of your itinerary and keep in regular touch.
Some foreign nationals have been detained by the police in relation to homosexuality and there has been an increase in inflammatory homophobic rhetoric across the country. See Local laws and Customs
The Gambia has provision in law for the implementation of the death penalty for a number of crimes including arson, murder, treason and human trafficking.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against using the ferry between Banjul and Barra.
Take care when swimming in the sea. Tides, waves and under currents can all be very strong.
There is a low threat from terrorism.
If you’re living in The Gambia, you should establish contact with the British warden network. The network has established links with the British Embassy and is kept regularly updated on matters that may affect British nationals in The Gambia. To find out who your local British warden is, contact the British Embassy.