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Gambia Visa Information

Get your Gambia visa and discover the wonder of this country. Hidden in the western coast of Africa surrounded by Senegal and having a small Atlantic coast, this is The Gambia. This tiny nation is dubbed "The Smiling Coast" for nothing. Aside from the charm of its beaches, various bird species, sunshine, and spectacular landscapes, the country is known for its hospitality through its friendly and cheerful people. Throughout the years, the Gambia has considerably attracted thousands of visitors from all over the world to discover its many hidden wonders.

Before you can get to these wonders awaiting your adventurous spirit, you will first have a glimpse of its lovely capital city Banjul whose resplendent uniquely African charm will bring you to an unforgettable experience of bustling marketplaces and a display of colorful culture that will extend to the outskirts and the other parts of the country. Its natural beauty with its rivers, mangrove swamps, breathtaking landscapes, and spectacular beaches will also be a perfect respite from your tiring days in the big cities. You will also find it very calming to visit this tiny nation because of the relative peace and stability that it has achieved through the years from the time that it declared its independence.

To get to this exciting African destination, there are airlines from Europe mostly from London to the capital city Banjul and from New York to Dakar, Senegal. Traveling to Gambia requires you to have your valid passport and visa. There are two Gambia visa available, tourist and business. All visitors to Gambia are also required to have return or onward tickets, itinerary for their destinations, and sufficient funds to cover their period of stay. The passport must also be valid for at least six months from arrival date. Otherwise, passport shall have to be renewed by ETS or Expert Travel Services with the corresponding fees that apply. For travelers who are on last minute bookings with their trip to Gambia, they will only be allowed entry to Gambia if they submit their passports to the Department of Immigration in Banjul within 48 hours from their arrival to be issued proper visas.

For tourists, the Gambia visa application will require you your passport, visa application form, two passport-size pictures, a copy of your round trip airline tickets, proof of financial sufficiency, and an itinerary or letter of conformation from your travel agency. For business purposes, the first five requirements will have to be produced as well for securing your Gambia visa in addition to a business letter that states your purpose, the duration of your visit, and your responsibility to shoulder travel expenses. You will also be required a letter of invitation from the host company in Gambia. For single entry visas up to 90 days, it will cost you $100 for the embassy fee and applicable travel agent fee and this will be processed within 5-10 business days. For single entry visas that will be available in 1-3 business days, you can add an additional $50 embassy fee and additional applicable travel agent fee.

Once everything is ready, you will be embarking to an experience of a lifetime with this unforgettable Gambian travel experience.

About the Author: For over 20 years, the U.S. Passport Service Guide team has helped hundreds of thousands of travelers with their travel document questions and shared advice about how to make traveling abroad simpler, safer, and more enjoyable.

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