The following categories exist:
Passengers who have been fully vaccinated do not need a PCR test to enter into the Gambia. Such travellers are advised on self-monitored isolation and avail themselves to the testing centres for RDT test in case they notice any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or could call 1025 for enquiry.
However, if such individuals have signs or symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, they will be required to undergo Rapid Diagnostic Test for COVID-19 at the airport upon arrival.
This category does not apply to hot spot countries for Omicron variant who need further screening as given in category III.
All these individuals will need a negative PCR test report valid within 72hrs for entry into the country. Passengers from countries considered as hotspot for the Delta Variant will, in addition, undergo a Rapid Diagnostic Test at the Airport upon arrival. The list of such countries will be periodically updated.
The list of Delta Variant hotspot countries based on our national guidelines are as follows:
Fully vaccinated Passengers: Passengers who have been fully vaccinated need to show proof of full vaccination status and do not require PCR test to enter The Gambia, such travellers will be tested upon arrival using RDT and this test will be free of charge and the results could be given on the spot or sent online. However, the travellers are advised on self-monitored isolation and avail themselves to the testing centres for PCR test should in case they notice any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or could call 1025 for enquiry.
Non-Vaccinated or Partially Vaccinated individuals: Passengers from countries considered as Hotspot for the Omicron variant will need proof of a negative PCR test report valid within 72hrs for entry into the country. In addition, all travellers in this category will be tested with RDT and those positive will be taken to the quarantine centre at their own cost or isolated at their booked hotel for PCR Test to be conducted by the mobile laboratory team. Such travellers will remain under isolation until the result come out. The list of such countries will be periodically updated.
The list of Omicron variant Hotspot countries based on our national guidelines are as follows:
Children under 18 years and from hotspot countries for both Delta and Omicron Variants are allowed to travel to The Gambia and upon arrival will be tested at the airport using RDT.
I. Regularly wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
II. Ensuring that your hands are clean when you put on and remove your mask.
III. Keeping a physical distance of at least 1 meter from others.
IV. Avoiding poorly ventilated or crowded spaces.
V. Opening windows to improve ventilation indoors.
VI. Washing your hands regularly with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer.
VII. Getting vaccinated. WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
VIII. All passengers and general public are required to adhere to the national guidelines for the management of COVID-19.
COVID-19 TESTING LOCATION NOW ONLY IN KOTU
Anyone who wants to do a COVID-19 or antigen test will have their sample collected from National Public Health Laboratory, Kotu (F842+G7F, Bertil Harding Hwy, Serrekunda)
Samples are collected every day (7 days a week), from 9 am to 1 pm.
Please call the call centre before going to the collection point to get accurate information on the location and working hours.
Call centre: 1025
Results can be collected through a public portal that can be accessed at https://results.moh.gm and alternatively at the National Public Health Laboratory, Kotu (travellers), between 1 pm and 6 pm upon presenting a bank payment receipt or send by text message (free tests). Usually, results are ready in 24 hours.
The test costs 2500 GMD per person.
This fee is payable at ECOBANK branches or on the account outlined below.
Account Name: Covid-19 Testing Fees
Account number: 6254509543
Name of the Bank: ECOBANK GAMBIA LTD
Directions to testing location:
Coming from Senegambia towards Traffic Light, pass Kotu police station and look for the TATA motors (on the left side) crossroad. On the crossroad, turn right. National Public Laboratory is the first complex on your right side when you pass the baobab tree and mosque.
The test costs 2500 GMD per person.
This fee is payable to the Account outlined below.
After sample is collected and analysed, the registered traveller will be able to download his/her test certificate through a public portal that can be accessed at: https://results.moh.gm
The traveller will be required to enter both COVID-19 ID, and phone number used during registration and sample collection to download their test certificate. In this regard all travellers are requested to provide a valid phone number during the registration process as it will be required to retrieve a valid test certificate.
The results will be available from 24 to 48 hours after sample collection and only available to travellers who had returned a Negative test result. All printed/downloaded certificates will be subjected to verification at the Airport by airline officials and health authorities.
Follow Covid-19 Response Ministry of Health The Gambia for more information by clicking HERE.
Call 1025 or 6221025 / 3441025 / 3411025 / 7541025 / 2101025 / 9001025 / 6221025