Gambia visa requirements for Zimbabweans

Travel and visa requirements

Gambian Visa is not required for Zimbabweans

Stay Duration: 90 days

Entry Requirements

  • Zimbabwe passport holders do not require a visa to visit the Gambia for a stay of up to 90 days.
  • Tourists who intend to stay beyond the 90-day validity period can apply and pay for an extension at the immigration department.
  • Prospective visitors must have a passport valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry into the Gambia. The passport should have at least one blank page for visa stamping.
  • Confirmation of accommodation during the stay is needed. It could be in the form of a hotel reservation.
  • Visitors are required to have a return or onward ticket and evidence of sufficient funds to spend during their stay in the Gambia.
  • There is no currency restriction on entry and exit from the Gambia.
  • Intending visitors can get to the Gambia from any international airport in Zimbabwe. There are international airports in Harare and Bulawayo.
  • ASKY, Royal Air Maroc and British Airways are some of the carriers that fly from Zimbabwe to the Gambia.
  • The estimated flight duration from Harare to Banjul, Gambia is 23 hours, 20 minutes and from Bulawayo, it is 1 day, 10 hours.
  • The Gambian Dalasi is the official currency of the Gambia. Visitors can exchange their foreign currencies at various bank and exchange outlets in the country.
  • The religion in the Gambia based on statistics show that 90% of the population are Sunni Muslims, 9% are Christians, while the remaining 1% still practise traditional beliefs.
  • There are at least 10 languages spoken by different ethnic groups in the Gambia. However, the official language is English.
  • The best time to visit the Gambia is in October to December, when birding is at its best and the beaches are crowned with cloudless blue skies.
  • The climate in the Gambia is subtropical, with distinct dry and rainy seasons. The dry season runs from mid-November to early June, while the rainy season lasts from late June to October.
  • In the Gambia, the power plugs and sockets are of type G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
  • The Gambia uses Greenwich Mean Time. Zimbabwe is 2 hours ahead of the Gambia.
  • Tourists travelling to the Gambia are advised to budget about $45 to spend on expenses per day.
  • Getting around in the Gambia is possible with the various public means of transportation available, this includes buses, taxis, passenger boats and car rentals. 
  • Some of the tourist attractions in the Gambia include Kunta Kinteh Island, Kachikally Museum and Crocodile Pool, Abuko Nature Reserve and Bijilo Forest Park.
  • Popular delicacies in the Gambia are benachin, domoda, superkanja, etc.
  • Tourists are advised to follow the instructions of local authorities and also monitor local news broadcasts while in the country.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Gambia safe for tourist visit?

The Gambia generally is a safe country, however, it does have a rather high crime rate. Visitors should take good caution while in the country.

When is the best time to travel to Gambia?

The best time to visit the Gambia is the long dry season of mid-October to early June when the roads are more passable, and the weather is perfect for wildlife visits and beaches.

Is the tap water in the Gambia safe to drink?

It is not advisable to drink tap water in the Gambia as the water does not go through the ideal purification process. Diarrhoea can occur in people who have not yet built up immunity to bacteria or other impurities in the water.

What currency can I spend in the Gambia?

The Gambian Dalasi is the currency of Gambia. Although an increasing number of hotels and restaurants are accepting visa debit cards, very few will accept credit cards.