Tourism has experienced significant growth in recent years. In 1999, 96,126 foreign tourists arrived in The Gambia, over 92% of them from Europe. Tourist receipts from the previous year totaled $49 million. As of 1997, there were 5,914 hotel beds with a 59% occupancy rate. All visitors need a valid passport and visa as well as a current international immunization card. Inoculations against typhoid, polio, hepatitis, yellow fever, and cholera are recommended.
In 2002, the US government estimated the cost of staying in Banjul at $112 per day. Outside the capital, travel costs are significantly less expensive, averaging from $25 to $50 per day.