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 2018
Holiday Date Type
New Year’s Day January 1 American/Gambian
Martin Luther King Day January 15 American
Independence Day February 18 Gambian
Washington's Birthday February 19 American
Good Friday March 30 Gambian
Easter Monday April 2 Gambian
Labour Day May 1 Gambian
African Liberation Day May 25 Gambian
Memorial Day May 29 American
Eid-El-Fitr (Korieh) June 14 (TBA) Gambian
Eid-El-Fitr (Koriteh) ** June 15 (TBA) Gambian
U.S. Independence Day July 4 American
Assumption Day August 15 Gambian
Eid-El-Adha (Tobaski) ** August 22 (TBA) Gambian
U.S. Labor Day September 3 American
Yaumul Ashora (Tamharet) ** September 20 (TBA) Gambian
Columbus Day October 8 American
Veterans Day November 12 American
Thanksgiving November 22 American
Mawlud Nabi** December 1 (TBA) American/Gambian
Christmas December 25 American/Gambian

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