Best time to go to Gambia

The best time to visit The Gambia is exactly when you want to escape the UK – winter. While everyone else is wrapped up in woolly jumpers, you can make them jealous by escaping to the equator from November to April. We’re talking 30°C heat for Christmas. July to October is considered rainy season, but the downpours are usually short and sweet and the temperature’s still in the low 30s.

Passports and Visas

British passport holders don’t need a visa to enter Gambia but must have a valid passport.

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Health and safety

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you’re away. For the latest health and safety information, visit

Further Reading

  • Overview
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  • Key Facts

    • Capital - Banjul
    • Language - English
    • Timezone - GMT + 0
    • Population - 2,051,363
    • Currency - GMD:Gambian Dalasi
    • Flight Time - 5 hours 30 minutes from Gatwick

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