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 2021
Holiday Day Date Type
New Year’s Day Friday January 1 American/Gambian
Martin Luther King Day Monday January 18 American
President's Day Monday February 15 Gambian
Independence Day Thursday February 18 Gambian
Good Friday Friday April 2 Gambian
Easter Monday Monday April 5 Gambian
Labour Day Saturday May 1 Gambian
Memorial Day Monday May 31 American
Eid-El-Fitr (Koriteh) Wednesday May 12** (TBA) Gambian
U.S. Independence Day Monday July 5 American
Eid-Ul-Adha (Tobaski) Tuesday July 20** (TBA) Gambian
Yaumul Ashura (Tamharet) Thursday August 19** (TBA) Gambian
U.S. Labor Day Monday September 6 American
Columbus Day Monday October 11 American
Mawlud Nabi** Tuesday October 19 (TBA) Gambian
Veterans Day Thursday November 11 American
Thanksgiving Thursday November 25 American
Christmas Friday December 24 American/Gambian

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