Vaccination before the trip to Gambia

Gambia is a small country located in West Africa and is a fantastic destination that offers good beach life . Gambia offers kilometers of sandy beaches that run along the Atlantic, and the Gambia river is known for its rich bird life that attracts many bird-interested tourists. Enjoy the indigenous culture and the good food. Just make sure you have taken the right vaccines before your departure to make your trip as successful as possible.

Recommended vaccinations

Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis


Measles, mumps, rubella

Hepatitus A

Hepatitis B

Cholera / ETEC

Recommendation for long-term stays in the country, backpacking, volunteer work, residence, etc.



Recommended for children who cannot report bites, people who are at risk.


Mandatory vaccinations

Yellow fever

Only if you arrive within 6 days (ie stay, transit> 12h) from areas with yellow-fever transmission.

Other recommendations


Malaria prophylaxis is recommended. Contact our vaccination clinic for more information.

Mosquito protection

There is a risk of mosquito-borne diseases. Protect yourself from mosquito bites.


There is a risk of rabies. Do not contact mammals such as dogs, cats, monkeys. Seek medical attention immediately if you are bitten.

Good to know before the trip to Gambia

One of the smallest countries in Africa and in fact the smallest state in terms of area, Gambia offers interesting folk life, cuisine and rich nature experiences where both sea and land are included. Gambia has received a great deal of attention for a long time and is one of Africa’s top charter destinations. However, you should take various precautions regarding illnesses and the like. Make sure to read up on vaccinations, food and other general advice.

Vaccination before the trip to Gambia

The vaccinations that are important to keep in mind if you are going to pack your bag and go to Gambia, constitute both mandatory and recommended vaccines. Also, be sure to get vaccinated on time.

Food and hygiene

African cuisine is one of the best in the world, at least if you ask someone who has tried it. In Gambia, meals are prepared differently across the country and you will always be pleasantly surprised. What you need to be aware of, however, is the purity of the water as well as foods based on eggs and dairy products that are exposed to the sun. Most restaurants in an urban environment are of good quality and good service, but using common sense and good judgment is of course a good idea. Chicken, seafood and nuts are typical of Gambian cuisine, but even here you should be on your guard with salmonella bacteria. Keep in mind that the usual dishes like ‘Yassa’ are very spicy and should be eaten with caution.

General travel advice

The Gambian population is extremely hospitable and also largely depends on tourism.

If you are traveling to the country, you are right to double-check your personal information beforehand. Misspelled names and the like can cause major inconvenience at the customs. You should have a detailed travel insurance as well as a valid passport / visa, the validity of which exceeds 6 months on the return date.



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