Gambia

Gambia
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About

Travelling is a great way to meet people and experience new cultures. Caution is advised, however, since travellers may be exposed to poor sanitary conditions and diseases that are uncommon in Canada.

Several measures can be taken to reduce the risk of contracting an infection. This document provides travellers with precautions that should be taken, by destination, to stay safe and healthy while travelling.

Region
Africa
Population
2,093,000
Capital
Banjul
Languages
English, Arabic
Currency
Dalasi (GMD)
If you need any help while travelling, contact:
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Banjul
British High Commission

Address
48 Atlantic Road, Fajara, Banjul, The Gambia
Tel.
220 4495133
Fax
220 4496134

Detail
Dakar
Embassy of Canada

Address
corner of Galliéni and Amadou Cissé Dia Streets, Dakar, Senegal
Tel.
+221 33 889 4700 / 33 889 4749 / 33 889 4742
Fax
+221 33 889 4720
E-mail
dakarconsulaire/[email protected]

Good to know

In case of emergency, dial:
117 (Police), 116 (Medical assistance), 118 (Firefighters)

Before your stay

Immunizations and screenings

Below is a list of immunizations (vaccines) and screenings recommended or required by local health authorities for Canadians travelling to this destination. Note that these are general recommendations. For a personalized protection program adapted to your travelling and health needs, visit a Travel Health Clinic. If you need several vaccines, plan ahead and give yourself several weeks to complete the immunization schedule.

Immunizations recommended

General vaccination and immunization

Vaccines, including diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis and measles are part of Canada's routine immunization schedule. Check to make sure that you have been vaccinated and that you have received the required booster doses. Special recommendations may apply to poliomyelitis, refer to the specialized agencies.

Hepatitis A

Vaccination is recommended for most travellers.

Malaria

Malaria is present throughout the country. Consequently, prophylaxis is recommended for the entire country. Drugs of choice are: atovaquone proguanil, doxycycline, and mefloquine. Also, mosquito protection may lower the risk of contracting mosquito-borne infections such as malaria.

Rabies

Vaccination is recommended for certain groups of travellers only. This includes people who will work there as veterinarians, wildlife workers or spelunkers, as well as adventure travellers. Vaccination is also recommended for children in special circumstances.

Yellow fever

A vaccination certificate may be required for certain travellers. Vaccination may be recommended for certain travellers.

COVID-19

When planning a trip, it is recommended that you consult official notices from the Canadian government and your travel destination. You may need to comply with entry requirements at your destination and upon your return to Canada. In addition, complete vaccination is recommended for most travellers. A vaccination certificate may be required.

Hepatitis B

Vaccination is recommended for most travellers.

Meningitis

Vaccination is recommended for most travellers. A vaccination certificate may be required.

Typhoid fever

Most travellers should consider vaccination. Transmission occurs via the fecal-oral route, especially through the ingestion of contaminated food or water.

During your stay

Other diseases

Once there, stay alert as you could be exposed to other diseases for which no vaccines or preventive treatments are available.

Chikungunya Virus

Mosquito protection is recommended at all times in certain regions of the country.

Zika Virus

Mosquitoes capable of transmitting the virus are present. Mosquito protection can prevent transmission of the Zika virus or any other infection transmitted by mosquitoes.

Schistosomiasis

Schistosomiasis is present in certain regions of the country. Avoid all contact with fresh water (swimming, fishing, drinking untreated water).

Healthy Travelling

It is recommended that travellers purchase a travel insurance policy that includes a 24-hour emergency assistance service to help them access care and coordinate payment. Be sure to have your insurance company’s phone number with you at all times.

It is also recommended that you sign up for the “Registration of Canadians Abroad” service. This is a free service that allows the Government of Canada to notify you in case of an emergency abroad or at home. The service also enables you to receive important information before or during a natural disaster or civil unrest. For more information, visit the Government of Canada website at: travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration.

The Canadian Government has several offices abroad that can provide you with various services when faced with a medical emergency, including:

  • Providing you with names of doctors and health care facilities.
  • Visiting you in the hospital and providing translation/interpretation services.
  • Arranging for a medical evacuation if you require treatment that is not available in the area (note: costs for this service will not be covered by the government but are usually covered by your travel insurance).

Make sure that your passport is valid for the entire duration of your stay. Several countries also require travelers’ passports to be valid up to six months beyond the expected return date.



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