The Gambia vaccinations: which ones do you need?

Are you planning a trip to The Gambia? Make sure to make proper preparations and get informed about the health risks. Certain vaccinations are recommended for The Gambia. The required vaccinations vary and depend on the areas you plan to visit and the duration of your stay.

The Gambia is situated in West Africa and is the smallest country on the African continent. The country has a subtropical climate and is a very popular holiday destination that is just a six-hour flight away from Amsterdam. Anyone who loves sun, sea, nature and culture will certainly have a good time. It is however important to consider your health when visiting The Gambia: protect yourself – and possibly your child or baby – well against diseases such as yellow fever, but also against the strong sun and mosquitoes. Both dengue and malaria are prevalent, so taking antimalarial tablets is a necessary evil. Our nurses will gladly inform you about the required immunisations and vaccines and are happy to provide advice about a healthy stay in The Gambia. Click here to make an appointment with one of our KLM Health Services nurses.

The Gambia vaccinations: an overview of health risks

In The Gambia, you run the risk of catching (tropical) diseases to which you are not resistant. Fortunately, vaccines can protect you against these. Below is a list of the most common diseases and health risks in The Gambia so you can see at a glance which specific vaccinations are required and what additional precautions you can take.


The authorities of this country require a “cholera statement” if you pass its borders.


In this country dengue fever is prevalent. A good protection against mosquito bites in the daytime is necessary.


Vaccination against DTP is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Hepatitis A

Vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Hepatitis B

Vaccination against hepatitis B depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for a personal advice.


In this country there is a risk of getting malaria. Protection against mosquito bites is necessary during day- and nighttime. Sometimes malaria tablets are recommended, please contact KLM Health Services.


Vaccination against meningococcal depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for good and personal advice.


Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR) vaccination (BMR vaccination in Dutch) is recommended for travelers to this country who are not protected against measles yet. This includes children from 6 months and up who have not yet received their childhood MMR immunization.


Vaccination depends on your personal situation. In this country mammals could be infected with Rabies. Avoid contact with mammals. Please contact KLM Health Services for good and personal advice.


In this country Schistosomiasis is prevalent. Please contact KLM Health Services for personal advice.


Vaccination against tuberculosis depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for personal advice.

Yellow Fever - recommended

Vaccination is recommended for all travelers to this country.

healthy trip to The Gambia? Prepare for your trip with our tips

Make your trip to The Gambia as pleasant as possible and avoid unexpected surprises. Below you will find helpful tips and tricks to prepare yourself for your journey.

Our KLM Health Services’ Doctor Connect service allows your to contact a KLM Health Services expert 24/7, either by telephone, text message or WhatsApp. Not only in case of emergency but also if you have doubts. Subscribe to Doctor Connect.

Seemingly innocent things such as food, water and bright sunlight can pose a risk to your health during your travels. Want to know what measures you can take to reduce these health risks? Please read our travel tips.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel advice helps you prepare for safety risks during your stay abroad. The travel advice, for example, tells you which regions are safe and to which regions you should not travel. Sometimes there are security risks. If this is the case, please be alert or, preferably only travel to the country concerned if genuinely necessary. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a central telephone number for travellers, which can be reached 24/7. Please call: +31 247 247 247.

Schedule a vaccination for The Gambia? Make an appointment!

Please make an appointment online for your The Gambia vaccinations. An overview of our branches can be found here. Do you have any other questions about immunisations for The Gambia? Please feel free to contact us via 0900 109 109 6 (€1,00 per call) or send an email to You can also visit our frequently asked questions page.

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