FCO Travel Advice for - Gambia, The

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  • Following French military intervention in Mali, there is a possibility of retaliatory attacks targeting Western interests in the region. Be vigilant.

  • There has been an increase in political tension which may lead to unannounced demonstrations in Banjul and other parts of the country. You should avoid all demonstrations.

  • Most visits to The Gambia are trouble-free. See Consular assistance statistics.

  • Some foreign nationals have been detained by the police in relation to homosexuality and there has been an increase in inflammatory homophobic rhetoric across the country. See Local laws and Customs.

  • The Gambia has provision in law for the implementation of the death penalty for a number of crimes including arson, murder, treason and human trafficking. See Local laws and Customs.

  • Take care when using the ferry between Banjul and Barra. See River Travel.

  • Take care when swimming in the sea. Tides, waves and under currents can all be very strong.

  • There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

  • Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.