British Ambassador to The Gambia
The UK-Gambia relationship encompasses a broad range of mutual interests including trade, tourism, economic stability and development, security and governance. Our nations have a long history and strong cultural and family connections bind our people together.
The UK and the Gambia are natural partners in business. The UK is one of The Gambia’s top global trading partners and over D1.2bn (or over £25m) worth of trade flows between our countries every year. The Gambia is a major tourist destination for British tourists with over 60,000 visitors every year. The tourism sector account for 40% of the Gambia’s GDP and 60% of all tourists come from the UK. This shows the symbiotic relationship between the UK and the Gambian economy.
We work with international partners including through the EU and the Gambian government to address shared challenges and to increase the Gambia’s prosperity. It is in the interest of both countries to sustain a broad based relationship founded on mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual benefit. We continue to work with the the Gambian government and urge them to fully guarantee the fundamental rights of all Gambian citizens, particularly the most vulnerable (women,minorities and children) in accordance with international standards and the Gambia’s constitution.
Good governance and supporting democracy and human rights are a core part of our work and crucial to Gambia’s long term prosperity.
The UK has a deep relationship with the Gambian Armed Forces built over many years of assistance and cooperation. This is highlighted most notably through the British Military Assistance Training Team from Royal Gibraltar Regiment who have provided pre-deployment peacekeeper training. The UK and The Gambia have a strong working relationship in tackling the joint challenge of drug trafficking. we are working with the Gambian National Drug Enforcement Agency to stop the flow of drugs into and out of The Gambia and will continue to work with them and international partners to deliver on this objective.
This Embassy does not deal with visa matters. For information on whether you need a visa to travel to the United Kingdom and how to apply, please see the UK Visas & Immigrationhttps://www.gov.uk/visas-immigration page.
Emergency consular assistance (24 hours)
For emergency assistance, such as in the event of the death, assault, arrest or hospitalisation of a British national, call +220 449 4508/449 5134/449 5133 and follow the instructions to be connected with consular officers.
If you are calling from the UK about a British national in The Gambia, call our Consular Assistance Team in London on + 44 (0) 207 008 1500.
Births, deaths and marriages
Information on how you can register a birth or death which occurred overseas, and legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.
Passports and emergency travel documents
How to renew or replace your British passport and information on getting replacement travel documents if your passport is lost or stolen.
Details of how to get a passport extension or emergency child travel document can be found here. If you want to make an appointment, contact our Consular section using the details at the foot of this page.
Information on staying safe and avoiding problems when living or travelling abroad, with links to our embassies, high commissions and other diplomatic posts across the world.
How to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK.
Support and information when a British national is detained or arrested
If a relative or friend is detained or arrested while you are in The Gambia, the Prisoner Pack gives details of the legal and prison systems.
List of lawyers
A list of English speaking lawyers who may be able to help you with official transactions in The Gambia. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy Banjul or the UK government.
Consular fee list
UK law says we have to charge fees for some services.
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above, for British nationals needing emergency consular assistance, we can:
- provide information about transferring funds
- help people with mental illness
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child protection and abductions, kidnappings or someone who is missing abroad and how to make a missing persons report
- provide consular assistance to British nationals who are victims of rape or serious sexual assault or any other serious crime
- help in contacting your family or friends when you are not able to do yourself because you are ill, in hospital, have been arrested etc
- provide advice following the death of a British national outside of the UK, where possible we will try to notify the next of kin
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters
- offer support and information when a British national is detained or arrested outside the UK
What consulates cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:
- get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings
- help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
- give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases
- get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
- pay any bills or give you money
- make travel arrangements for you, find you work, accommodation, or make business arrangements on your behalf
- get involved in private disputes over property, employment, commercial or other matters
- renew or replace a full British passport
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