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is a country in West Africa. Gambia is the smallest country on mainland Africa, surrounded by Senegal except for a short coastline on the Atlantic Ocean in the west. The country is situated around the Gambia River, the nation's namesake, which flows through the country's centre and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Its area is 11,295 km² with an estimated population of 1.7 million. On 18 February 1965, Gambia gained independence from the United Kingdom and joined the Commonwealth of Nations. Banjul is Gambia's capital, but the largest conurbations are Serekunda and Brikama. Gambia shares historical roots with many other West African nations in the slave trade, which was the key factor in the placing and keeping of a colony on the Gambia River, first by the Portuguese and later by the British. Since gaining independence in 1965, Gambia has enjoyed relative political stability, with the exception of a brief period of military rule in 1994. Thanks to the fertile land of the country, the economy is dominated by farming, fishing, and tourism. About a third of the population lives below the international poverty line of US$1.25 a day.

Capital BANJUL
Currency Dalasi (GMD)
Country code 00220
Spoken languages ​​ english, mandingo, wolof, peul
Passport

Passport: needed, with residual validity of six months after the date of arrival in the country. For any changes to this rule you should inquire in advance at the country's Consulate in Milan or at your travel agent.

Health

The health situation is typical of a developing country with a significant incidence of infectious diseases; the health facilities are lacking. We recommend that you take out before embarking on the trip, health insurance that includes in addition to coverage of medical expenses, even if air emergency medical repatriation or transfer in any other country. Are recommended, after consulting a doctor, vaccinations against hepatitis A and B, yellow fever and meningitis. The prophylaxis is recommended throughout the year, mainly due to the prevalence of cerebral malaria ("falciparum vivax"), from the rapid and often deadly disease. It is therefore recommended that you adopt, while staying in the country, preventive measures against mosquito bites. Warnings We recommend that you: -drink only bottled water, especially in villages and isolated areas; -bring particular medications or adjust frequently need, wherever possible, accompanied by their prescription for the on-site availability can be difficult and the risk of counterfeit drugs and harmful practice. Possession of opiate-based drugs not accompanied by a recipe which justifies the need can lead to complications in case of search by the police.

Telephony

There are Gamsell and cellular networks, both GSM Africell.

Climate

Tropical. The warmest month is July (23° -32°); the coldest month is January (15° -23°). The wet season runs from June to November and is characterized by heavy rains and storms of short duration.

Viability

Licence Italian (for 3 months). Car insurance Concrete in Rc. Documents for vehicles imported temporarily It is necessary the Customs passage booklet; Transport in General: 2,700 km of slopes and roads, 956 paved. The river Gambia is navigable for 400 km. There is a port in Banjul. To Banjul is also the country's only airport, with a paved runway longer than 3,000 meters. Links with Europe: there are direct flights to the Gambia from the following countries: the Netherlands, England, Spain and Belgium. Tourist charter flights in the winter season.

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