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Gambia

Gambia: At a glance

Capital: Banjul

Population: 2.1 million

Official language: English

Time zone: Greenwich Mean Time

Emergency #: 116

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Gambia: Travel Health Information

Gambia is known for its natural landscapes, wildlife, and history. Travellers can relax on one of Gambia’s several Atlantic coast beaches or hike through the Abuko Nature Reserve. The Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project in the River Gambia National Park is also a popular attraction.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Gambia may differ from your home country. Gambia has a public health system and a few private options. Hospitals are located in urban areas (Banjul, Bansang, Farafenni, and Bwiam), while rural areas are serviced by small health centres and mobile clinics providing basic and routine care. The quality of care does not meet international standards. Routine medicines and supplies are often in short supply and the equipment used in rural facilities may be outdated.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Gambia typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation – often to Western Europe – may be required for medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Gambia.

Pharmacies and medications

Access to pharmacies and prescription medications may be limited in Gambia, especially in rural regions. Make sure to pack a sufficient supply of essential medication for the duration of your trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Gambia’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in Banjul are usually paved but are often unlit and may be poorly maintained. Outside of Banjul, many roads are unlit and unpaved. In the rainy season, roads may become slippery. Seat belts are required at all times for drivers and passengers of vehicles.



Gambia: At a glance

Capital: Banjul

Population: 2.1 million

Official language: English

Time zone: Greenwich Mean Time

Emergency #: 116

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: Yes

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