gambiaAbout The Gambia

The Gambia , also commonly known as Gambia, is a country in West Africa. It is surrounded by Senegal, apart from a short strip of Atlantic coastline at its western end. It is the smallest country on mainland Africa.

The country is situated either side of the Gambia River, the nation’s namesake, which flows through the country’s centre and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Its area is 11,295 km² with an estimated population of 1.7 million. Banjul is the Gambian capital, but the largest cities are Serekunda and Brikama.

The country is less than 48.2 km (30.0 mi) wide at its widest point, with a total area of 11,295 km². Approximately 1,300 km² (11.5%) of the Gambia’s area is covered by water. It is the smallest country on the continent of Africa. In comparative terms the Gambia has a total area which is slightly less than that of the island of Jamaica. The Gambia is surrounded on three sides by Senegal, with 50 miles of coastline on the Atlantic Ocean on its western side.

The climate of the Gambia is tropical. There is a hot and rainy season, normally from June until November, but from then until May there are cooler temperatures with less precipitation. The climate in the Gambia is about the same as that found in neighbouring Senegal, southern Mali, and the northern part of Benin.



Time difference between India and Gambia

India is 5:30 hours ahead of Gambia

Travel distance between India and Gambia

5934.20 miles


Banjul airport

Names of the airlines

Brussels Airlines

Travel Cost

59,915/- around


Gambian dalasi

Compare it to INR

1 INR = 0.5443 GMD


  • Ishangi Kunda


  • Marina International School
  • Banjul American Embassy School
  • Shiloh International School
  • Zenith Preparatory School


English Language

Indian Restaurants

  • Taj India
  • Clay Oven Indian Restaurant,

Safety and Security

Most visits to The Gambia are trouble-free although independent travellers are at increased risk due to the lack of local support in an emergency. Take care when swimming in the sea. Tides, waves and under currents can all be very strong.

Visa Process

Documents Required to Apply for Visa

The following documents are required for issuing visas. Please note that the Embassy of India, Dakar, reserves the right to ask for additional documents if required.

For all kinds of visas:

1- The passport should be valid for at least 6 months at the time of application.
2- There should be at least two blank pages on the passport.
3- Applicant should have a sound financial standing to enable him to meet the expenditure related to visit in India.
4- A copy of ID/Birth Certificate/Residence permits /Work permit
5- Two passport size photographs (2x recent identical passport quality photographs on a white/off white background (50mm x 50mm – larger than passport size)
6- A copy of onward air ticket/tentative booking
7- All visa fees once paid are non-refundable irrespective of the outcome of the visa application and duration granted.
8- Please note that the validity of the visa is effective from the date of issue of visa.
9- Payment of Visa Fees: The Embassy does not accept payment of visa fees by credit/debit cards or by personal cheques. The payment of visa fee should be made in local currency (CFA) in cash at the Visa Counter of the Embassy.
10 – All persons who want to apply for Indian Visa must get inoculated against Yellow Fever at least 10 (ten) days prior to applying for the Visa and must produce genuine & valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Card both at the Visa Counter of this Embassy and at the Indian airport/check-post of entry.
11-Visa application form(Click here for the form) duly filled and signed by applicant
If the Visa Applicant wants to travel to Restricted / Protected Areas in India:
Applicants wishing to travel to Restricted/Protected Areas (Andaman- Nicobar / Sikkim) [for tourism] are required to obtain theRestricted Area Permit (Click here for the form) before their travel. Please contact the consular section of the Embassy for more information on this matter at email address:
Type of Visa Documents Required
Transit Visa a) Evidence of travel through India – confirmed air ticket for transit journey through India.
Tourist Visa A copy of the travel itinerary / air bookings as well as hotel bookings should be submitted along with visa application.
Entry Visa a) Invitation/admission letter for short-term courses like yoga, mountaineering, spiritual courses etc;
b) Invitation letter from concerned authorities/organisations in India offering the paid/unpaid internships along with the letter from the college/university in Dakar;
c) For family members/dependants of a foreigner who was granted Employment Visa:
– Birth certificate in respect of children;
– Marriage certificate in respect of husband/wife;
– Letter from the employer of the person holding ‘Employment’ visa.
(d) For family visit, if the family members in India are Indian citizen, any proof that you have relatives in India.
Business Visa a) Company Profile of the company to whom the applicant belongs;
b) An original signed letter from the company in Senegal/The Gambia/Cape-Verde on their official letter head explaining the nature of business and duration of visit;
c) A signed Letter of Invitation from the Indian company on their official company letter head clearly stating the purpose and duration for which visa is requested. The business letters should mention the applicant(s) name and Passport Details and should be addressed to the Embassy of India, Dakar.
Employment Visa a) Copy of the employment contract signed by both parties. The Employment contract should have a specific clause for payment of Income Tax in India that the employer shall ensure the payment of income tax by the employee;
b) Copy of the Registration papers of Company/Companies in India offering the Employment;
c) Copy of educational qualification documents and curriculum vitae

For foreigners intending to visit for honorary work (Without Salary) with Registered NGOs in Indiashould apply for ‘Employment Visa’ and are required to submit the following documents:
– Proof of his/her Employment letter from the Employer;
– Invitation Letter for Voluntary Work from Registered NGO;
– Name and Place of work in India.Project Visaa) Copy of educational qualification with English translation;
b) Letter from the Indian company awarding the contract to the foreign company specifying the following details:
– Name of the foreign company
– Registered address of the foreign company
– Name of the project awarded as per the tender document
– Location of the project in India (village/town/district/state)
– Duration of the contract (number of days)
– Total number of foreign workers likely to be sent by the foreign company (category wise (i) highly skilled (ii) skilled- technicians with diploma or polytechnic degree; and (iii) skilled workers with school level education
c) Letter from the Indian company addressed to the Indian Embassy explicitly stating that it guarantees the conduct of the foreign company and the foreign personnel involved in the execution of the project/contract. This letter should also explicitly states that it would be responsible to ensure that the applicant (name of the applicant, passport no. and date of birth shall be mentioned) will abide by Indian rules and regulations. The letter should also state that the company will be liable to ensure departure of the applicant from India upon expiry of visa;
d) Letter from the foreign employer providing brief description of the nature of its project in India and a brief description of the job which the applicant is required to perform in India;
e) Application in project visa form (in addition to the online visa form).Conference Visaa) Copy of the signed Letter of Invitation for the Conference from organiser in India;
b) Conference Registration of the applicant;
c) If required, Administrative approval of the Nodal Ministry, Government of India for holding the conference;
d) Copy of event clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, if required;
e) Clearance from the M/O External Affairs, Government of India, if required.Journalist Visaa) Employer’s letter stating the purpose of travel and detailed programme and the places to be visited for journalism purposes;
b) List of cinematic equipment to be temporarily imported into India.
If the purpose of visit is to shoot/film a documentary in India, the following should also be provided:
(i) Application form for shooting a documentary(Click here for the form) in India.
ii) Undertaking (Click here for the form) in the prescribed form;
iii) Script / Synopsis;
iv) Details of locations where documentary is proposed to be filmed;Medical VisaRelevant letters signed and stamped from the hospital concerned in India should be provided on the letter head of the hospital/organisation with applicant’s details. Any other supporting documents from a Senegal/The Gambia/Cape Verde/ Guinea Bissau Hospital may also be provided.Medical Attendant Visa(i) Declaration (Click here for the form) of Medical Attendant.
(ii) Medical document of the patient as required in the Medical Visa column.Student Visaa) If applying for the student visa for the first time, a letter of admission from a recognised and reputed Indian educational institution in India, with duration of the course should be provided.
b) If you’re already a student and intend to renew your visa, a letter from the school/college stating that you are a bona fide student, and the duration of the remaining studies.
c) Receipt of fee paid to the school/college.
d) Document showing financial support for the tuition fee and stay in IndiaResearch Visaa) Invitation letter from India for conducting the research.
b) Other relevant documents from the university/organization proving that necessary clearance has been obtained from the competent authority in India. For more information on this type of visa, please see


Address: Embassy of India, 5, Avenue Carde, Ground & First Floors, B.P. 398, Dakar.

Working hours: 0900 hrs to 1730 hrs (Monday to Friday)
Telephone Number: 00-221-338495875 
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