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Thursday, September 19, 2013

U.K Government Warns Against Visiting The Gambia Reads

There is a potential Political unrest in the Gambia. The British Government warns her citizens not to travel to the West African country. The statement release today also warns British nationals against using the Gambian ferry service
Following political disagreement between the government of The Gambia and the European Union about the deterioration of human rights in The Gambia there has been an increase in political tension which may lead to unannounced demonstrations in Banjul and other parts of the country. You should avoid all demonstrations.

Most visits to The Gambia are trouble-free although independent travellers are at increased risk due to the lack of local support in an emergency. If you’re travelling independently, make sure next of kin in the UK have details of your itinerary and keep in regular touch.
Some foreign nationals have been detained by the police in relation to homosexuality and there has been an increase in inflammatory homophobic rhetoric across the country. See Local laws and Customs.
The Gambia has provision in law for the implementation of the death penalty for a number of crimes including arson, murder, treason and human trafficking. See Local laws and Customs
The FCO advise against using the ferry between Banjul and Barra. See River Travel.
Take care when swimming in the sea. Tides, waves and under currents can all be very strong.
There is an underlying threat from terrorism. Following French military intervention in Mali and The Gambia’s stated commitment to participate in the intervention, there is a possibility of retaliatory attacks targeting Western interests in the region. Be vigilant. See Terrorism
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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