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Gambia

The Gambia
Republic of The Gambia
Reconsider travel to The Gambia due to COVID-19. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire travel advisory.

Reconsider travel to The Gambia due to COVID-19.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire travel advisory.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for The Gambia due to COVID-19.  

The Gambia resumed some transportation options and business operations.  Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in The Gambia. 

Exercise Increased Caution In:

  • The Gambia’s southern border area adjacent to Senegal’s Casamance region due to the potential presence of landmines.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to The Gambia:

The Gambia’s Southern Border with Senegal – Exercise Increased Caution

Some landmines from the Casamance conflict remain in the border region.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Hague Convention Participation

Hague Adoption Convention Country?
No

Hague Convention Information

The Gambia is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with 8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F).

Below is the limited adoption information that the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of the Gambia. U.S. citizens adopting children in rare adoption cases from the Gambia, as well as U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in The Gambia who would like to adopt from the United States or from a third country, should contact the adoption authority of the Gambia to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. See contact information below.

Foreigners are allowed to adopt Gambian children only in exceptional circumstances. Prospective adoptive parents usually must be resident in The Gambia at least six months prior to applying to adopt.

PLEASE NOTE: The U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal issues immigrant visas for Gambian citizens, including adopted orphans.

Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children's homes are adoptable. In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children's home due to financial or other hardship, intending that the child return home when this becomes possible. In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to their child(ren)'s adoption.

Please visit the Department of State's Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to The Gambia and the U.S. Embassy Dakar website for information on consular services.

THE GAMBIAN ADOPTION AUTHORITY:
The Kanifing Children's Court
Address: Mamadi Maniyang Highway, Kanifing, KMC, The Gambia
Tel: +(220) 437-4525 or 439-2202
Fax: None
Email: None
Internet: None

U.S. Immigration Requirements

To bring an adopted child to the United States from The Gambia, you must meet certain suitability and eligibility requirements. USCIS determines who is suitable and eligible to adopt a child from another country and bring that child to live in the United States under U.S. immigration law.

Additionally, a child must meet the definition of an orphan under U.S. immigration law in order to be eligible to immigrate to the United States with an IR-3 or IR-4 immigrant visa.

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Banjul
92 Kairaba Avenue, Fajara
Banjul
The Gambia
Telephone
+(220) 439-2856
Emergency
+(220) 439-2856
Fax
+(220) 439-2475

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