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Visa Implementing Decision - The Gambia

In accordance with Art. 25a of the Visa Code (cooperation on the readmission of irregular migrants) and based on a report of the European Commission, Schengen area Member States have decided to  temporarily adopt an implementing decision with respect to a third-country – The Gambia.

The implementing decision applies to citizens of The Gambia who require a visa to enter the Schengen area and who apply for a Schengen visa regardless of their place of stay.

The implementing decision does not apply to citizens of The Gambia who are family members of EU citizens or who submit a Schengen visa application for the purpose of participating in an international organization meeting or in an international conference organized by EU Member States.

When applying for a Schengen visa, citizens of The Gambia are required to observe the following:

● all applicants must present all supporting documents when applying for a Schengen visa

● holders of diplomatic and service passports must pay the visa fee

● period to decide on an application is extended to 45 days (as opposed to 15 days)

● only a single-entry Schengen visa can be issued

Consulates of the Schengen area Member States will assume application of the implementing decision as of November 1, 2021.


Legal sources:

● Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code)

● Council Implementing Decision on the suspension of certain provisions of Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council with respect to The Gambia