Stricter rules for visitor visas for citizens of Gambia

The new rules apply to citizens of Gambia, regardless of where they live, and who is applying for a visitor visa for a Schengen country. There are some exceptions from the rules.

Published: 27.10.2021 - Last changed: 16.04.2024

You will find a list of the situations where Gambian citizens are exempt from the new rules for visitor visas further down in this article. 

The rules that apply to Gambian citizens from 1 November 2021:

  • You must hand in all the documents listed in the checklist to the embassy. Even if you have been exempted from providing some documents in the past, for example, because you handed them in to the embassy earlier, you must still provide them now. 
  • Adults and children over the age of 12 must pay the ordinary application fee of EUR 80 (as of 29 April 2024). Children between the age of 6 and 12 must pay 40 euros. The application is free of charge for children under the age of 6. The fees apply even if you have been exempted from paying in the past, for example, because you have a diplomat passport or a service passport.
  • The time you must wait for your visa decision will increase from 15 to 45 days.
  • If you fulfil the requirements for the visitor visa, you will receive a visa for one entry only. You will not be able to obtain a visa for multiple entries. 

Exceptions from the main rule

The new rules will not apply to you if you are

  • a family member of an EU/EEA citizen, or
  • invited by an international organisation, or
  • to attend an international conference organised by a Schengen country

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