Naturalization Office is responsible for facilitating the registration and naturalization of Non-Gambians who intend to become Gambian citizen as provided by the 1997 Constitution under the citizenship /Nationality Act.

Citizenship is the act of being a citizen of a particular country, which entail mutual rights and obligations. Citizenship of Gambia can be obtained in five (4) ways.


1. Citizenship by birth: Born in Gambia to Gambian citizens (parents) or where one of the parents is a Gambian

2. Citizenship by descent: Born outside the Gambia to Gambian citizens (parents) or where one of the parents is a Gambian

3. If a person in Gambia is not a citizen by birth or by descent, he / she can apply for citizenship by Naturalization.

4. Registration this refers to people married to Gambian spouses and also children born in the Gambia by non Gambian parents.


Gambia confers citizenship to foreigners who meet the requirements as stated below.

The Applicant :

  • Must be at least 18 years .

  • Must reside in Gambia for at least 15 years.

  • Is of good character.

  • Intends to remain in Gambia.

  • Is familiar with atleast one Gambian local language. 


Another way is through registration and this mostly applies to both women and men married to a Gambia citizens which requires the following.

  • Any person who is married to a citizen of The Gambia and has been ordinarily resident in The Gambia for a period of not less than seven (7) years, shall be entitled, upon making application in such manner as may be prescribed by the Act to be registered as a citizen of The Gambia.

The process for obtaining Gambian citizenship by Naturalization/Registration involves the following:

  • Obtain the application form from the Gambia Immigration Department in Banjul which has to be filled, signed and endorsed by commissioner of Oath or Justice of Peace and Nineteen Questions to be answered by two responsible Gambians as referees.

To determine the eligibility of the applicant, he/she must satisfy the conditions set out under section 12 (2) of the Citizenship and Naturalization Act.

  1. Is of full age and Capacity;

  1. Is of good character;

  1. Has clearly shown that, if naturalized, he/she intends to continue permanently to reside in the Gambia.

  1. Is capable of supporting himself or herself and his or her dependent.

  1. If registration: Marriage certificate, Children’s birth certificates, ‘if any’ and wife’s or husband’s national Identity card or Passport must be submitted.



The Entry Clearance is usually applied for by a person having difficulties in obtaining the Entry Visa. As stated in the Immigration manual, “Where an applicant resides in an area outside the jurisdiction of the visa issuing office, the application shall be referred to the Director General of Immigration for Clearance”. In this case, someone (Host) must uphold Immigration responsibilities and apply an entry Clearance on behalf of the visitor.

  • The host must take financial responsibility for the prospective visitors.

  • The passport copy of the visitor must be attached to the form.


  • The potential visitor (s) for an entry clearance must be outside the Gambia at the time of the application.

  • All application letter for an entry clearance must be written and address to the Director General of Immigration for approval.

  • Immigration Responsibility form must be filled and signed by the host.


The Gambian Host must be a responsible person and must provide the following;

  • ID Card or Passport copy 

  • Business registration certificate

Non-Gambian Host must produce the following;

  • Residential permits or Non-Gambian ID Card

  • Alien Cards

  • Pay roll tax

  • Business Registration certificate


  • Company/Institution/Department’s applications must….

  • Be on their letter heads

  • Attached Institution valid business or Operational registration plus TIN Certificate copy.

  • Must be a establish business enterprise in the Gambia

  • FEE. The fee for an entry clearance is D3000 payable upon application. The fee is Non-refundable

  • Not less than 7 days notice should be given for each application. The issuing of an entry clearance cannot be guaranteed in less than this period. Exception will be made in respect of government institutions and registered charitable organizations  only. This does not apply in case of others application.










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