Frequently Asked Questions

We've put together a list of useful information which will help answer common questions often asked by our customers before travelling to The Gambia. 

If you have any other questions that are not covered in this section, please do not hesitate to contact our reservations team on 01489 866939 or email your question to us »

Travel Requirements to and from The Gambia

Updated 29th November 2021

We have put together the following to guide you through the relevant requirements. These can change at short notice from both the Gambian and UK governments so this should only be used as a guide, we recommend you check the FCDO website and have included those links for your ease. 

 

Travelling to The Gambia on a direct flight from the UK

Vaccinated Adult

  • Proof of vaccination status 
    You will need to show the NHS COVID Pass either on your mobile device or, preferably a paper copy to minimise delays. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is NOT accepted 
  • No test before flying
  • No quarantine on arrival

Unvaccinated Adult

  • Negative PCR Covid-19 certificate, taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
  • Be aware you may have to take a Rapid Diagnostics test on arrival in The Gambia

Unvaccinated Children

  • Negative PCR Covid-19 certificate, taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
  • Children under 2 years of age are exempt

Travelling to the UK on a direct flight 

 Residing in England

Firstly, please check to ensure you are classed as fully vaccinated.

We have negotiated discounts with a few test providers, please see the Covid-19 test section. Other providers can found here 

Vaccinated Adult

  • The UK government has recently announced changes to UK re-entry requirements. From 4am on Tuesday 30th November, all vaccinated customers will be required to take a PCR test before the end of day 2 arriving back in the UK, and will need to self-isolate until a negative result is received. The test must be booked in before you travel and you will need your test booking reference to put on your passenger locator form.
  • Complete a passenger locator form – to be completed online in the 48 hours before you arrive in England

Unvaccinated Adult

  • Take a COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 3 days before you travel to England
  • Take 2 PCR tests on day 2 and day 8 on arrival in England. These must be booked before you travel.
  • Complete a passenger locator form – to be completed online in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
  • Quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 full days. You may be able to end your isolation early through the Test to Release scheme

Unvaccinated Children

  • Children aged 4 and under do not have to have any Covid-19 tests
  • Children aged 5-17 must take a PCR test on or before day 2 following their arrival home, and will need to self-isolate until a negative result is received.
 

Returning to the UK on a direct flight 

  Residing in Scotland

Tests can be booked on the CTM booking portal or from a private provider listed on gov.uk
If you choose a private test provider from GOV.UK, you should only buy ‘self-swab at home’ tests.

Vaccinated Adult

  • ​The UK government has recently announced changes to UK re-entry requirements. From 4am on Tuesday 30th November, all vaccinated customers will be required to take a PCR test before the end of day 2 arriving back in the UK, and will need to self-isolate until a negative result is received. The test must be booked in before you travel and you will need your test booking reference to put on your passenger locator form.
  • Complete a passenger locator form – to be completed online in the 48 hours before you arrive in Scotland

Unvaccinated Adult

  • Take a COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 3 days before you travel to Scotland
  • Take 2 PCR tests on day 2 and day 8 on arrival in Scotland. These must be booked before you travel.
  • Complete a passenger locator form – to be completed online in the 48 hours before you arrive in Scotland
  • Quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 full days.

Unvaccinated Children

  • Children aged 10 and under do not have to have any Covid-19 tests
  • Children aged 11-17 must take a PCR test on or before day 2 following their arrival home, and will need to self-isolate until a negative result is received.
 

Returning to the UK on a direct flight 

  Residing in Wales

Tests can be booked on the CTM booking portal or from a private provider listed on gov.uk
If you choose a private test provider from GOV.UK, you should only buy ‘self-swab at home’ tests.

Vaccinated Adult

  • ​The UK government has recently announced changes to UK re-entry requirements. From 4am on Tuesday 30th November, all vaccinated customers will be required to take a PCR test before the end of day 2 arriving back in the UK, and will need to self-isolate until a negative result is received. The test must be booked in before you travel and you will need your test booking reference to put on your passenger locator form.
  • Complete a passenger locator form – to be completed online in the 48 hours before you arrive in Wales

Unvaccinated Adult

  • Take a COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 3 days before you travel to Wales
  • Take 2 post arrival PCR tests on day 2 and day 8. These must be booked before you travel.
  • Complete a passenger locator form – to be completed online in the 48 hours before you arrive in Wales
  • Quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 full days.

Unvaccinated Children

  • Children aged 4 and under do not have to have any Covid-19 tests
  • Children aged 5-17 must take a PCR test on or before day 2 following their arrival home, and will need to self-isolate until a negative result is received.
 

Returning to the UK on a direct flight 

  Residing in Northern Ireland

Tests can be booked on the CTM booking portal or from a private provider listed on gov.uk

Vaccinated Adult

  • ​The UK government has recently announced changes to UK re-entry requirements. From 4am on Tuesday 30th November, all vaccinated customers will be required to take a PCR test before the end of day 2 arriving back in the UK, and will need to self-isolate until a negative result is received. The test must be booked in before you travel and you will need your test booking reference to put on your passenger locator form.
  • Complete a passenger locator form – to be completed online in the 48 hours before you arrive in NI

Unvaccinated Adult

  • Take a COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 3 days before you travel to NI
  • Take 2 post arrival PCR tests on day 2 and day 8. These must be booked before you travel.
  • Complete a passenger locator form – to be completed online in the 48 hours before you arrive in NI
  • Quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 full days.

Unvaccinated Children

  • Children aged 4 and under do not have to have any Covid-19 tests
  • Children aged 5-17 must take a PCR test on or before day 2 following their arrival home, and will need to self-isolate until a negative result is received.