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 2022
Holiday Day Date Type
New Year’s Day Friday December 31 American/Gambian
Martin Luther King Day Monday January 17 American
Gambian Independence Day Friday February 18 Gambian
President's Day Monday February 21 American
Good Friday Friday April 15 Gambian
Easter Monday Monday April 18 Gambian
Labour Day Monday May 2 Gambian
Eid-El-Fitr (Koriteh) Tuesday May 3** (TBA) Gambian
Memorial Day Monday May 30 American
Juneteenth Monday June 20 American
U.S. Independence Day Monday July 4 American
Eid-Ul-Adha (Tobaski) Monday July 11** (TBA) Gambian
Yaumul Ashura (Tamharet) Thursday August 8** (TBA) Gambian
U.S. Labor Day Monday September 5 American
Mawlud Nabi** Saturday October 8 (TBA) Gambian
Columbus Day Monday October 10 American
Veterans Day Friday November 11 American
Thanksgiving Thursday November 24 American
Christmas Monday December 26 American/Gambian

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