AFAIK there's no requirement for a carnet for The Gambia but of course things change. A couple of years ago the border police asked me if I was planning to sell my bike in the country and were happy with me simply promising not to.
From what I can remember I've only been asked for my passport on entering with a vehicle, but of course you should have some proof of insurance.
I bought insurance (brown card) in St Louis from a small office in the main square on the island - not sure if this is valid for The Gambia. It cost about 20GBP for 3 months.
Registration doc in the form of an International Certificate for Motor Vehicles and driving licence in the form of an International Driving Permit are both available very cheaply from the RAC in the UK.
The small amount of effort in acquiring these documents is worthwhile when you consider the potential hassle of not having them.
> Anything we should know before heading off to the Gambia?
You can get a stronger version of the local
if you look hard enough ;-)
[This message has been edited by Ian (edited 27 August 2005).]