Gambia Shopping, Embassy and Communication

Gambia Shopping, Embassy and Communication



Official language is English. Manding, Ful and Wolof are also common. Incidentally, Jola, Serahule and Arabic are also spoken.

Public Holidays

01/01/2022 New Year

02/18/2022 Independence Day

04/15/2022 Good Friday

04/18/2022 easter monday

05/01/2022 Koriteh (end of Ramadan)

05/01/2022 Labor Day

07/09/2022 Tabaski (Islamic Festival of Sacrifice)

07/22/2022 day of the revolution

08/15/2022 Assumption Day

10/09/2022 Milad un Nabi (Birthday of Prophet Muhammad)

12/25/2022 Christmas


The dates given for Islamic holidays are calculated according to the lunar calendar and therefore shift from year to year.

During the fasting month of Ramadan, which precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims are forbidden to eat, drink or smoke from sunrise to sunset, which causes disruptions or deviations in the normal course of business (including reduced opening hours of shops and authorities) and therefore there may be restrictions for travelers.

Many restaurants outside the hotels are closed during the day, and the consumption of alcohol and cigarettes is restricted or e.g. T. even strictly forbidden, even for non-Muslim vacationers. In hotel complexes it must be taken into account that meals and drinks during Ramadan may only be taken in the hotel restaurant or in the room.

Travelers should expect increased sensitivity in religious matters as well as in respect of Islamic traditions.

Some interruptions may also occur during Eid al-Fitr. This festival, like Eid al-Adha, is indefinite and can last from 2-10 days depending on the region.

Duty free shopping


The following items can be imported duty-free into The Gambia: 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 g tobacco (from 18 years); 1 l spirits (from 18 years); 250 ml of perfume or eau de toilette.

Import Restrictions

Processed and unprocessed ivory, raw and processed precious metals and gemstones, historical artefacts, bullet casings, etc. More information is available from

Import regulations

An import permit is required for weapons, ammunition, plants and food. A medical certificate in English is required for importing prescription drugs that could be confused with narcotics.

Prohibited Imports

Counterfeit money, pornographic material, narcotics, etc.

Contact addresses

Consulate of the Republic of The Gambia

(with visa issue)

Badenerstrasse 16
+41 (0)44 586 79 49.

Mon-Fri by appointment.

Embassy of the Republic of The Gambia

(Also responsible for Austria.)

92 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill Gate
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 72 29 80 66.

Mon-Thu 09.30-17.00 and Fri 09.30-13.00.

Embassy of the Republic of The Gambia

(Also responsible for Germany.)

ave Franklin Roosevelt 126
+32 (0)2 640 10 49.

Mon-Thu 09.30-16.30 and Fri 09.30-13.30; Consular department: Tue, Thu 10.00-13.00 (applications), 14.00-15.30 (collection).

Consulate General of the Republic of The Gambia
Gladbacher Strasse 17-19
+49 (0)221 888 88 73.

Tue and Thu 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and by appointment.


Business etiquette

The personal element plays an important role in Gambian business circles. Punctuality is expected. Business cards are useful. Business hours: Mon-Thu 8am-4pm, Fri 8am-12.30pm.

Business contacts

Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry 55 Kairaba Avenue, PO Box 3382, Serrekunda, The Gambia Tel. +220 (0)307 31 42.



Autodial Long Distance Service. Public payphones are located in city centers. However, due to vandalism, a large number of these public phones are not working.

Mobile phone

GSM 900. According to, network providers are GAMTEL (Internet: and Africell (Gambia) Ltd. (Web: There is currently a roaming contract with Switzerland.


The main providers are GAMTEL (Internet: and Quantumnet (Internet: Internet cafes can be found in larger cities.

Post office

Air mail to Europe takes at least 3 days. Post office hours: Mon-Fri 08:00-13:00, Sat 08:00-11:00.


Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to contact Deutsche Welle customer service directly for the current frequencies (Tel: (+49) (0228) 429 32 08. Internet: to request.

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