Holidays and Closures


The U.S. Embassy in Banjul observes both U.S. and Gambian holidays and will be closed on those dates. The visa application services call center also observes U.S. and Gambian holidays and will also be closed on those dates. The dates for some Gambian holidays are based on the lunar calendar and therefore subject to change. Furthermore, additional holidays are occasionally declared at short notice by the Gambian Government. If the U.S. Embassy is not open on the date of your interview due to one of these events, please contact the call center to reschedule your appointment.

Dates of Closure 2019
Holiday Date Type
New Year’s Day January 1 American/Gambian
Martin Luther King Day January 21 American
Independence Day February 18 Gambian
Washington's Birthday February 18 American
Good Friday April 22 Gambian
Easter Monday May 1 Gambian
Labour Day May 1 Gambian
Memorial Day May 29 American
Eid-El-Fitr (Koriteh) June 3 (TBA) Gambian
U.S. Independence Day July 4 American
Eid-El-Adha (Tobaski) ** August 9 (TBA) Gambian
Assumption Day August 15 Gambian
U.S. Labor Day September 2 American
Yaumul Ashora (Tamharet) ** September 9 (TBA) Gambian
Columbus Day October 14 American
Mawlud Nabi** November 8 (TBA) Gambian
Veterans Day November 11 American
Thanksgiving November 28 American
Christmas December 25 American/Gambian

** TBA indicates Muslim holidays. The exact dates of these holidays are determined by lunar position.