Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 14 February 2017, 11:19 NZDT
  • Still current at: 22 June 2018

Some Risk

There is some risk to your security in The Gambia due to the the potential for civil unrest and we advise caution.

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Political Situation/Civil Unrest
Following Presidential elections on 1 December 2016, former President Yahya Jammeh refused to step down. Former President Jammeh has now stepped down and left the country. The situation has stabilised with the return of new President Adama Barrow.  The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) troops remain in the country.

New Zealanders in The Gambia are advised to avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent. Monitor developments through the media and follow any instructions issued by local authorities.

General travel advice
As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in The Gambia, the ability of the government to assist New Zealand citizens is severely limited.

New Zealanders travelling or living in The Gambia should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in the The Gambia are strongly encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips

See our regional advice for Africa

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