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Immigration announces fee increase

Jan 18, 2011, 11:53 AM | Article By: Momodou Faal

The Gambia Immigration Department (GID) has announced major increases in the fees it charges for some of the documents it issues.

Speaking in an interview with this paper yesterday about this latest development, GID public relations officer, Assistant Superintendent Ba Ensa Jawara said the recent increase in the charges of the documents is a normal exercise, and is meant to serve as a control mechanism.

He revealed that Entry Clearance, which used to be free of charge before, is now costing D1,000 and a visa for foreigners, costing D300 is now D1,000.

He added that the Emergency Travel Certificate, given for free, will now cost D250.

The fee for Extension of Stay at the point of entry used to be D200, but has now been increased to D500.

The only nationals exempted from paying for these documents are ECOWAS citizens, and all other foreign nationals are required to pay the new charges for these documents, according to the PRO.

He went on to call on foreign nationals in The Gambia to regularize their immigration status, "now we are in a new year".