The Gambia

Capital Banjul

Population 1,882,450

Area 11,295 km2

Key facts

The Gambia is a country located in Western Africa. The Gambia has only one border country: Senegal.

English is an official language in The Gambia. It means that if you speak it, you would be able to communicate with almost everyone. If not, it is highly recommended that you acquire some basic English before traveling to The Gambia.

The national currency in The Gambia is Gambian dalasi (GMD). The dalasi is subdivided into 100 butut.

With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 65.49 GMD and 1 USD is worth 61 GMD.

Gambian
Banknotes

5 dalasis10 dalasis25 dalasis50 dalasis100 dalasis

Gambian
Coins

1 bututs5 bututs10 bututs25 bututs50 bututs1 dalasi

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in The Gambia is 10.63 Mbps and mobile is Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density It may be difficult to locate an ATM in The Gambia.8.64 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in The Gambia, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There is one common socket type used in The Gambia. Type G is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.

Type G 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2023, The Gambia will celebrate 9 national public holidays. The next one Independence Day will take place on February 18.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2023 New Year’s DayNew Year’s Day
February 18, 2023 Independence DayIndependence Day
April 7, 2023Moving holiday Good FridayGood Friday
April 10, 2023Moving holiday Easter MondayEaster Monday
May 1, 2023 Labour DayLabour Day
May 25, 2023 Africa DayAfrica Day
July 22, 2023 Revolution DayRevolution Day
August 15, 2023 Assumption DayAssumption Day
December 25, 2023 Christmas DayChristmas Day

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Gambia?

There are no Mariott hotels in The Gambia.

There are no Hilton hotels in The Gambia.

There are no IHG hotels in The Gambia.

There are no Best Western hotels in The Gambia.

There are no Radisson hotels in The Gambia.

There are no Accor hotels in The Gambia.

What fast food chains are present in Gambia?

The McDonald’s chain does not operate in The Gambia.

The KFC chain does not operate in The Gambia.

The Burger King chain does not operate in The Gambia.

The Subway chain does not operate in The Gambia.

The Domino’s Pizza chain does not operate in The Gambia.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in The Gambia.

Weather

What is the weather like in Banjul?

Today the sun in Banjul, rises at 7:30 AM and sets at 7:10 PM. The climate of Banjul may be categorized as a equatorial savanna (Aw), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayFeb 9OvercastLow: 21.1°C (69.98°F)High: 35.6°C (96.08°F)
FridayFeb 10OvercastLow: 21.3°C (70.34°F)High: 34.6°C (94.28°F)
SaturdayFeb 11OvercastLow: 21.6°C (70.88°F)High: 36.1°C (96.98°F)
SundayFeb 12OvercastLow: 21°C (69.8°F)High: 33.9°C (93.02°F)
MondayFeb 13OvercastLow: 22°C (71.6°F)High: 33.7°C (92.66°F)
TuesdayFeb 14OvercastLow: 21.5°C (70.7°F)High: 34.4°C (93.92°F)

Weather data for Banjul (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are no passenger trains available.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in The Gambia.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt are available, but Hertz is not present in The Gambia.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 5.0, The Gambia is placed 64th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In The Gambia traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  No data available.

Road Traffic Casualties 29.60 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 1: Exercise normal precautions. 

Emergency phones in Gambia

117 Police
118 Ambulance
118 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

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