An outbreak of Ebola virus has been confirmed in south-eastern Guinea. If you travel to this region you should follow the health advice issued by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, maintain strict standards of hygiene and avoid eating bushmeat. There have been no confirmed cases of the Ebola virus in The Gambia.
The Gambian authorities closed the border with Senegal over the Easter weekend. It’s not known when the border will reopen.
Following The Gambia’s recent decision to withdraw from the Commonwealth, there has been an increasing amount of anti-UK rhetoric from the Gambian President shown on TV and reported in the newspapers. This may increase anti-UK sentiment among parts of the wider population. 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. See Local laws and Customs
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against using the ferry between Banjul and Barra. See River Travel.
Take care when swimming in the sea. Tides, waves and under currents can all be very strong.
There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.