Gambia visa requirements for Sierra Leoneans

Travel and visa requirements

Gambian Visa is not required for Sierra Leoneans

Stay Duration: 90 days

Entry Requirements

  • Sierra Leoneans visiting the Gambia can be granted a 90 day visa-free entry provided they tender a valid passport.
  • The passport should be valid for at least six months after the intended departure date from Gambia and should have at least two unused pages for stamps.
  • If they wish to extend their stay, they must visit the Department of Immigration, Gambia for regularization of their stay.
  • Evidence of accommodation reservation or confirmed hotel booking is required.
  • Visitors are expected to show proof of basic travelling allowance sufficient to cover their entire stay in the country.
  • A valid health certificate is also required.
  • Cats and dogs must be accompanied by an import permit issued by certificates from a veterinarian indicating good health and rabies inoculation.
  • There are no currency restrictions upon entry on local currency (Gambia Dalasi -GMD) and foreign currencies. However, the currency from Sierra Leone will not be accepted for transactions and cannot be exchanged.
  • Restriction is placed on the amount of tobacco and alcohol brought into the country.
  • Visitors are also expected to provide a computer generated flight itinerary from the airline or travel agency or copy of airline tickets.
  • No airport tax is levied upon visitors upon embarkation at the airport.
  • The Gambia is an Islamic country with about 90% of its population being Sunni Muslims.
  • English is the official language of the Gambia. However, there are several languages spoken in the Gambia, with Mandingo being the popular language.
  • The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is strongly discouraged in the Gambia.
  • There is a zero tolerance towards illegal drugs. The Gambian authorities usually takes strong action against anyone importing, exporting or found in possession of drugs.
  • Photography of airports, government buildings, military installations and embassies is prohibited.
  • There are certain restrictions on the importation of some medications and skin-bleaching substances.
  • Visitors could face fines and/or imprisonment if they arrive in the Gambia with substances containing betamethasone, clobetatol, clobetatone, fluocinonide, hydrocortisone or hydroquinone.
  • The total flight duration from Sierra Leone to Gambia is 1 hour, 19 minutes.
  • There is no time difference between Gambia and Sierra Leone.
  • The Gambia has a tropical climate with distinct dry and rainy seasons.
  • The dry season generally starts in October and ends around mid-June while the rainy period starts by mid-June and ends around the middle of October with August being the wettest month. 
  • The Gambia uses type G power plugs. The standard voltage is  230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. 
  • The system of transportation in Gambia is a blend of both public and private operations consisting of road, air and water transportation.
  • In the Gambia, when you greet someone you say "Salaam aleikum" which means "Peace be upon you" and they would reply “Maleekum salaam” which means "and peace be upon you too”
  • The Gambia is home to nature reserves, beautiful fishing villages and a number of historic slave trade stations worth exploring. The Abuko Nature Reserve, Bijilo Forest Park and National Museum of Gambia are one of the best places to visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the hotel services in the Gambia like?

As a developing country, hotel services in the Gambia cannot be compared to those in European countries. However, the hotels have excellent accommodation services to offer.

Is it safe to travel to the country?

The Gambia is  known for its friendly, welcoming people and is known as the smiling Coast. Crime against tourists is very rare . In general, it is regarded as a safe destination to explore and mingle with locals.

What Language is spoken in the country?

English is the official language and language of instruction in most schools. However, various tribal languages are used by the Gambians to converse between themselves.