Africa: Good news for Tourism as Gambia is now a Visa Free Zone
In its drive to increase tourist arrivals to the country, the Gambian government has said foreigners seeking to visit the West African nation can now do that without the hassle of visa requirement.
According a statement by the government, with the new visa free policy adopted by the Ministry of Tourism, the West Africa country is now a visa free zone for all chartered and scheduled flights.
It said: “The Gambia Tourism Board further wishes to inform that the new visa free policy applies to citizens from the following countries: All Commonwealth countries, All European Union countries, All African countries, and Baltic states”.
The new visa policy adopted by the government might witness an increase in tourist arrivals for the West African country.
In 2018, non-traditional markets arrival from January to December 2018, witnessed 77,109, an increase of 21 per cent compared with January to December 2017 arrivals of 63,492.
According to report by atqnews.com, Director of Marketing, Gambia, the Adama Njie, said from the non-traditional markets figures, “Nigerian and American markets top the list of arrivals by nationalities from the non-traditional in 2018 both accounting for 7 per cent” followed by other markets.
According to record, he said air arrivals for Nigerian Market 2015 and 2018 revealed that 2018 has the highest total increase air arrival “with 39 per cent increase compared with previous years.”