How long doo you actually intend to stay PF86 ?
Well a trip into Senegal and back would mean your passport being stamped with a new visa - usually 21 or 28 days. As to this being an easy thing to do well you have to factor in the Banjul-Barra crossing before you even get to the border, then the return trip
A couple of years back I was chatting to the young girl on the immigration desk at the airport telling her I was staying for a 28 days and that I wished it was longer. She handed me the passport saying "You have 32 days". When I looked in my passport there was a different style of visa stamp with the number of days written in by hand with her signature so it is possible to get more than 28 upon arrival - but probably only a few more days.
A total of five months. I was hoping not to have to fly back half way through.
Not sure of the relative costs between visa extensions and residency permit but one option might be to extend for the max permitted 3 months and just before it runs out pop over to Senegal, get a new 28 day visa upon re- entry then extend that one as required?
I thought it was possible to get your visa extended at the local police station every month. We have friends who stay for 8 or 9 months of the year and I’m sure this is what they do. I stand to be corrected if I’m wrong.
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Similarly in January this year we went through and said we were staying for 32 days and the booth we went through had a well dressed gentleman with a moustache who appeared to be a senior immigration officer.
Our passports were stamped with a "seen on arrival stamp", not a tourist visa stamp. It has the date and his signature. Nothing else.
Hi.Yes, I got one of those last year. The stsmp is shaped like a pyramid. I was told that I would hsve to show my residency proof on leaving so I got 2 renewals to be on the safe side. Looks like I might have a trip on the gilly to Senegal. I have some contacts there who will advise on the best way to travel. A new experience. Thanks to all for you replies.
You could just pop over the river at Kartong , there is a GID office there - much easier
Or just pay for a residen permit full stop
Why should you be different ? Gambians who get there visa applications to enter the UK have to pay £126 and if turned down loose that money ,You want to stay in The Gambia PAY End off.
Agree.... and it would probably work out much cheaper too.
Assuming you get charged each time you renew your visa, a Residence Permit at 1,100 dalasis is a bargain..