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AMERICAN CITIZEN SERVICES

Child Custody

International Parental Child Abduction

For assistance and information, please visit the State Department International Parental Child Abduction site.  You may also contact our American Citizen Services Unit at the Embassy.

If your child has been abducted from the United States to The Gambia:  You can obtain guidance and instructions from the Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues .

If you are a resident of The Gambia and fear your United States citizen child might be taken abroad by the other parent without the mutual consent of both parents:  The child’s name can be put in the U.S. passport namecheck system.  Then, if an application is received, the requesting parent will be informed before issuance of the passport.  Please click here for Prevention Resources.  You may also contact our American Citizen Services Unit at the Embassy.

Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction:  The Gambian is not a member country of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction; therefore, Hague Convention provisions would not apply to children abducted or retained in The Gambia.  For in depth information on the workings of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, please visit the State Department’s: International Parental Child Abduction Page.

ACS Hours and Contact

  • U.S. Embassy Banjul is located at 
    92 Kairaba Avenue in Fajara,
    The Gambia. 

    Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
                  2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Telephone:  +(220) 439-2856 or 
                        +(220) 437-6169 ext. 2130
    Email:  ConsularBanjul@state.gov

     All routine consular services are provided by appointment only to all U.S. citizens visiting or residing in The Gambia.

    APPOINTMENTS:  Please click here to schedule an appointment for all U.S. passport, Report of Birth Abroad, Notary or other Consular Services.

    Holiday Schedule: 
    American and Gambian public holidays

    Official Exchange Rate:  D43.00 dalasis = U.S. $1.00
    (Updated June 25, 2015)


    NOTE

    With effect from March 6, 2015 the only dollar bills with series 2009 will be accepted at the counter. We are sorry for any inveniences this may cause you. (Updated March 6, 2015)