Update on the guidance for entering The Gambia

PRESS RELEASE! UPDATE ON THE QUARANTINE AND TESTING GUIDANCE FOR PEOPLE ENTERING THE COUNTRY The Ministry of Health wishes to Inform the general public that there is an update on the testing guidance for passengers coming into the country.

As we monitor the progress on the pandemic, there is a fast-spreading new strain of the corona virus which has emerged in the UK and now in many other countries. It’s potential Implications for public health have begun to be eXi1mined, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Thus, all travellers coming from hotspot countries were the new strain of corona virus has been identified will undergo sample taking and testing upon arrival in the country in addition to having a valid COVID 9 PCR test results of 72hrs. These travellers must undergo mandatory quarantine until they have a negative test al their own cost Samples that are found positive upon their testing on arrival In The Gambia, will have the virus strain sequenced to confirm the genome.

All other travellers from countries not identified as hotspot for the new strain of COVID-19 must provide a valid negative PCR test to go on home isolation. The hotspot countries effective 9th January, 2021 that these restrictions will apply to vare as follows (additional countries could be added al the discretion of the MOH):

  1. United Kingdom
  2. Belgium
  3. Italy
  4. USA
  5. Nigeria
  6. France
  7. Japan
  8. Singapore
  9. Spain
  10. South Africa
  11. South Korea
  12. 12.Sweden
  13. Jordan
  14. Lebanon
  15. The Netherlands
  16. Turkey
  17. Norway
  18. India
  19. Pakistan
  20. Chile
  21. Switzerland
  22. United States
  23. Denmark


The Ministry of Health seeks compliance of the general public to this order.

Honourable Dr. Ahmadou Lamin Samateh; Minister of Health

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