How to bring your car to Gambia

Hello everybody,

If you exported your car to Gambia, were there any formalities that needed to be completed beforehand? What were they?

What is the best way to export your car? Is there a limit on the number of vehicles, or perhaps the age of the vehicle? Are there limits on emissions or emission controls in Gambia?

What are the expected costs of exporting a car? In your opinion, is it worth it?

Once you arrived in Gambia, what were the applicable taxes? What was the customs process like?

How do you go about registering an imported car in Gambia?

Is it best to buy a car once you have arrived or to bring your car with you, in your opinion?

We look forward to hearing from you!


No formalities, Just make sure you have the car at hand from any port you are sending it from. Get the papers ready, ship it and come to Gambia and pay a fee of clearance between the ranges of 500 - 1000 euros depending on the type of car.
And that's all.
When your car is cleared at the port, you pay a fee of less than 20 euros to the Police HQ in Banjul and obtain the Road Tax and Insurance, plate number and there you go, your car is legal on the street and highways of the Gambia. So simple right?
Gambia is Nice

Thank you

Make sure you get a reputable shipping company as some of the cars that come out of the port are a wreck e.g. roof caved in, window screen smashed etc. If you do have any damage, contact your shipping company and hold out for them to make the repairs. 

If you are not in the Gambia and return just to collect a vehicle, there may be some discrepancy between when they say it will be delivered and when it actually is.  I have known of people coming in on the date it is suppose to be arriving and having to return to the UK 2 weeks later and the car has still not arrived.  So make sure you have things put in place if you cannot be there or if there is a delay.

There are a lot more cars being sold now in the Gambia, so you can purchase a good car, 4X4 , van or even a lorry there.     

Remember The Gambia left hand drive cars only.  If you do bring in a right hand drive vehicle make sure the person who converts it has done this before and is an expert. 

Driving in the Gambia can be a very different experience.  Some vehicles speed and there seems to be very little road awareness and very little vehicle and pedestrian safety.  Be extra vigilant when driving and crossing roads especially at night when some vehicles even fail to have lights.  The Yellow Taxis can be especially challenging, as their numbers have increased and are usually driven by young inexperience drivers.

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