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The Gambia: Visa Implementing Decision and Increased Visa Fee


In accordance with Art. 25a of the Visa Code (cooperation on the readmission of irregular migrants) and based on a report of the European Commission, Schengen area Member States decided to temporarily adopt an implementing decision with respect to The Gambia. Visa fee was increased to 120 EUR.

The implementing decision applies to citizens of The Gambia who require a visa to enter the Schengen area and who apply for a Schengen visa regardless of their place of stay.

The implementing decision does not apply to citizens of The Gambia who are family members of EU citizens or who submit a Schengen visa application for the purpose of participating in an international organization meeting or in an international conference organized by EU Member States.

When applying for a Schengen visa, citizens of The Gambia are required to observe the following:

all applicants must present all supporting documents when applying for a Schengen visa

holders of diplomatic and service passports must pay the visa fee

period to decide on an application is extended to 45 days (as opposed to 15 days)

only a single-entry Schengen visa can be issued


Nationals of The Gambia applying for a Schengen visa also pay a visa fee of EUR 120.


The implementing decision is in effect as of November 1, 2021.

The increased visa fee is in effect as of December 15, 2022.


Useful links:

● PRESS RELEASE: Council adopts visa measures against The Gambia

Legal sources:

● Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code)

Council Implementing Decision on the suspension of certain provisions of Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council with respect to The Gambia

● Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/2459 of 8 December 2022 on the application of an increased visa fee with respect to The Gambia