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 2020
Holiday Date Type
New Year’s Day January 1 American/Gambian
Martin Luther King Day January 20 American
President's Day February 17 Gambian
Independence Day February 18 Gambian
Good Friday April 10 Gambian
Easter Monday April 13 Gambian
Labour Day May 1 Gambian
Memorial Day May 25 American
Eid-El-Fitr (Koriteh) May 25** (TBA) Gambian
U.S. Independence Day July 3 American
Eid-Ul-Adha (Tobaski) July 31** (TBA) Gambian
Assumption Day August 15 Gambian
Yaumul Ashura (Tamharet) August 28** (TBA) Gambian
U.S. Labor Day September 7 American
Columbus Day October 12 American
Mawlud Nabi** October 29 (TBA) Gambian
Veterans Day November 11 American
Thanksgiving November 26 American
Christmas December 25 American/Gambian

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