Gambia Colony (Banjul and Kombo St Mary)

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British Nationality could be obtained through your birth, or through the birth of any one of your parents or grandparents, in the Gambia Colony, now part of the Gambia. This arises because of Britain's relationship with Gambia and its Colonial history.

To determine what form of British Nationality you might have, an analysis of your family's history must be done, and then applying it to the Nationality laws of Gambia that were passed over the years.


Prior to Independence, the Gambia was made up of two territories. From Independence on 18.02.1965 until the present day, the Gambia is an independent Commonwealth country.

STATUS OF THE GAMBIA COLONY (Banjul and Kombo St Mary)

From 1783 to 31.12.1948, the Gambia Colony fell within the British Crown Dominions.

Between 01.01.1949 and 17.02.1965, it fell within the UK and Colonies. Click here for more information on the status of Citizen of the United Kingdom & Colonies (CUKC), a status achieved by birth in the Colony.

Click here for more information on the British Colonies.

On 18.02.1965, it combined with the Gambia Protectorate to form Gambia.


Ask Philip Gamble whether you (or your children) have a claim to British nationality.

Learn more about these routes to British Nationality: is a specialist UK Nationality and British Citizenship site offering an online search and assessment. Claims to hold a British Passport can be complex and the site offers a quick, simple search to give you the answers. While many people qualify for the UK Ancestry Visa based on holding a Commonwealth passport with a UK born grandmother or grandfather, we have found that if you have a grandparent born in the UK, or if your mother is British or your father is British, then there are several scenarios where you can claim British Nationality and the right to hold a British Passport. This stems from Britain’s collection of British Colonies, British Protectorates and British Protected States in the middle of last century and the Nationality rules concerning what are now the countries of the Commonwealth. is a subsidiary of Sable International.

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