Last update 11 June 2018Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
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Republic of the Gambia
The Republic of Bulgaria does not have an embassy in Banjul. Gambia has no embassy accredited to Bulgaria. For any consular issues, all Bulgarian citizens (staying either short-term or long-term) in Gambia, can refer to the Bulgarian Embassy in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Abuja
Address: № 10 Euphrates str., off. Aminu Kano Crescent, Maitama, Abuja
Office hours: 09 - 12.30 h on working days
In order to obtain visas for Gambia, Bulgarian citizens can contact the Embassy of Gambia in Brussels.
Embassy of the Republic of the Gambia in Brussels
Address: Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt 126, B-1050 Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium
Telephone: +32 2 640 10 49
Fax: +32 2 646 32 77
The local currency is Dalasi.
Overall, the political situation is calm but unstable.
Relatively high crime rate. It is recommended that visiting foreigners carry photocopies of personal documents and to leave the originals at the hotel.
Caution should be exercised in cases of individual travel inside the country.
Checkpoints of the security forces are located on all main streets in the capital.
The importation of cash amounting to not more than 300 thousand Dalasi is permitted. Violations are penalised. There are no customs restrictions for the export of local or foreign currency, or different types of goods.
Gambiais a country with predominantly Muslim population. It is therefore necessary to follow the customs and habits specific to Muslim countries. Refrain from photographing.
Homosexuality is forbidden and punishable under local law.
Taxis are main means of transport in the capital. You should negotiate the price in advance, as most taxis do not have counters.
People travelling by car need to take out insurance at the border.
Risk of AIDS, especially from sexual contact.
Travel papers and visas
International passport valid for at least the duration of stay in The Gambia. Bulgarian citizens travelling to Gambia (holders of ordinary, official and diplomatic passports) need to obtain a visa from the Gambia Embassy in Brussels.
There are no vaccination requirements for entry. For more accurate information on possible vaccine requirements, please contact the National Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases by Telephone +3592 944-69-99-221.
The strict observance of personal hygiene is recommended.
Particular care should be exercised when eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
Water should be boiled, or bottled water should be purchased.
Bulgarian citizens staying for short or long terms in Gambia can contact the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Abuja, Nigeria for consular matters.
Certification and Legalisation
Documents issued to Bulgarian citizens in Gambia should bear the stamp of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Gambia. They are to be certified in the Embassy of Gambia in Brussels. The signature and validation of the consulate office to this embassy are to be further validated by the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Brussels.
Thus processed, documents must be translated into Bulgarian by an authorised translation agency in Bulgaria, and such translation must be certified by the “Legalisation and Certification” Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Emergency Travel Document
In extreme cases – such as a damaged, lost or stolen passport, Bulgarian citizens can apply for an Emergency Travel Document before the embassy of an EU Member State in Gambia’s capital Banjul.