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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

US warns citizens against travel to Gambia

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The US State Department has issued a statement advising its citizens to leave and not visit the Gambia pretty soon saying the security situation in The Gambia remains uncertain following December 1, 2016 presidential election. The statements summarised below: “The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to The Gambia because of the potential for civil unrest and violence in the near future. On January 7, 2017, the Department of State ordered the departure of family members and authorized the departure of all employees who need to accompany those individuals from the country. U.S. citizens should consider departing on commercial flights and other transportation options now, as airports and ferry terminals may close unexpectedly in the event of unrest. All U.S. citizens should have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance. U.S. citizens should ensure that travel documents (passports and visas) are valid and up-to-date. Consular services, already limited throughout the country due to very poor transportation infrastructure and security conditions, may be further limited, including in Banjul itself. U.S. citizens who decide to remain in The Gambia should prepare for the possible deterioration of security: Exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation. Follow the instructions of local authorities. Stay home or at another safe location. Have emergency supplies of food, water, and medications. Let friends and family know that there might be communication disruptions”.]]>

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