Gambian visa for South African citizens

A visa is NOT required for South African passport holders visiting Gambia for a short-term stay: None.

Visa requirements:

Visa type Purposes Visa requirements Allowed stay
Tourist visa For South African citizens to enter Gambia for a short-term tourism purpose. Not required None
Evisa Gambia e-visa for South African citizens Not Available
Visa on arrival Gambia visa on arrival for South African citizens Not Available

Gambia tourist visa requirements:

  • Holding South African passport that is valid for six months beyond the period of the intended stay in Gambia.
  • Proof of onward travel (departure) from Gambia.

If you are looking for Gambia visa information, such as available types of visas, or how to apply from South Africa, we recommend you visit or contact the embassy or consulate of Gambia nearest your place of residence.

  • Lagos: The Consulate General of in Lagos, ~ 4626.30 kilometers (2874.65 mi) away from Pretoria, South Africa. (Working hours: Close now. Open in 57 minutes).
  • Addis Ababa: The Embassy of in Addis Ababa, ~ 4709.88 kilometers (2926.58 mi) away from Pretoria, South Africa. (Working hours: Open now. Close in 6 hours 57 minutes).

Gambia visa applications & requirements (For reference purposes only, please visit the nearest Gambia diplomatic mission offices to South Africa for guidance)

Tourism Statistics Chart

The line chart shows the number of visitors from South Africa traveling to Gambia from 2008 to 2018.

Year Number of visitors (South Africa) estimated Change (%)
2008 1,220 N/A
2009 1,179 -3.36%
2010 755 -35.96%
2011 880 16.56%
2012 1,303 48.07%
2013 1,419 8.90%
2014 1,295 -8.74%
2015 3,727 187.80%
2016 3,735 0.21%
2017 4,333 16.01%
2018 4,582 5.75%

References: UNWTO.org, World Bank and multiple sources. (This data is for informational purposes only. Please see our disclaimer page for more information.)

Gambia & South Africa comparison

Gambia's area is approximately 10,120 km2 (3,907 sq mi), while the area of South Africa is approximately 1,213,090 km2 (468,376 sq mi). This means South Africa is 119.87 times bigger than Gambia.

As of July 2021, Gambia's population is ~6.5 million people - 96,292,885 fewer people than the population of South Africa.

We have highlighted Gambia & South Africa’s relative positions on world's map for your reference.

Gambia South Africa Difference
Population (est 2021) 6,485,012 102,777,897 96.3 million fewer people live in Gambia than South Africa
Number of diplomatic missions abroad (est) 28 124 Gambia has 96 fewer diplomatic representations abroad compared with South Africa.
Travel freedom (2021) 45 67 Gambia passport holders visit 22 fewer countries and territories without a visa.
Number of foreign missions hosted 18 197 Gambian hosts 179 fewer foreign missions than South Africa.

Frequently asked questions, answered

How many visitors from South Africa travel to Gambia in one year?

The number of visitors from South Africa visiting Gambia in 2018 was approximately 4,582.

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