The Gambia

History of Relations | Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Info | Visits and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

South Africa and The Gambia established formal diplomatic relations on 7 August 1998.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in The Gambia

None. The South African Ambassador in Dakar, Senegal is accredited to The Gambia on a non-residential basis.

South African Embassy

H E Mr A M Shilubane
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Gambian Representation in South Africa

The Gambia does not have any diplomatic or consular representation in South Africa. For contact details of Gambian representative offices elsewhere, please contact the South African Embassy in Dakar, Senegal.

H E Mr A Bojang
High Commissioner Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary

High Commissioner Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Gambia, with residence in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Travel Info

Visa requirements for South Africans

The South African Department of Home Affairs issues entry visas to South African passport holders on behalf of the Gambian authorities.

Contact persons:

Ms Jacky Kruger

Tel: (012) 314 8184

Ms Leonie van der Merwe

Tel: (012) 314 8208

Health requirements

While a valid international health certificate proving vaccination against yellow fever only is required, vaccination against hepatitis A and B and meningitis is also recommended. Preventative measures against malaria are strongly advised.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

The Gambia has a dry tropical climate with a rainy season from June to October and a dry season from November to May. Annual rainfall ranges from 760mm to 1 400mm, with the rainy season characterised by increased humidity. Average temperature in the capital, Banjul, varies from 15-23 degrees C in January to 23-31 degrees C in June, while annual rainfall averages 1 295mm.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The monetary unit is the dalasi, divided into 100 bututs. The symbol for the dalasi, which is not convertible outside The Gambia, is "D".

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

No Information

Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section at 012 351 0892/0742 or send an e-mail to:

Trade Info

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and The Gambia, visit the web site of the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

No Information


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