Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Libreville, Gabon (June 10, 2020)
Event: Request for Information from U.S. Citizens With an Urgent Need to Return to the United States
On March 20, the Gabonese government announced the suspension of all domestic and international passenger flights. The only exceptions to this prohibition are emergency and repatriation flights specifically approved by the Gabonese government.
The U.S. Embassy in Libreville is attempting to determine the number of U.S. citizens who have an urgent need to return to the United States within coming weeks. Although there is no flight currently available, the Embassy is continuing to explore options for departure. If you are a U.S. citizen who has an urgent need to return to the United States, please send the following information as soon as possible to LibrevilleACS@state.gov with the subject heading “Urgent Need to Travel”:
- Your full name as spelled in your passport
- Current phone number and WhatsApp number
- Email address
- Date of birth (MM/DD/YYYY)
- Passport number, date of issuance, date of expiration. If not a U.S. passport, please note country of issuance.
- Current location (city, country, hotel name if not in residence)
- Healthcondition and special considerations
- Number of U.S. citizens in your party. Please note any non-U.S. citizen immediate family members seeking to travel with you.
- Gabonese visa status (i.e. valid until MM/DD/YYYY)
- Employer or affiliation within Gabon
- Scanned copy of the bio page of your passport and visa or carte de séjour
If a flight is scheduled, passengers will be responsible for all travel costs including airline tickets and lodging. Please note that ticket prices are likely to be significantly higher than those in effect before travel restrictions were put into place.
If only a limited number of seats are available, priority will be given to official U.S. government personnel and their dependents, U.S. citizens at higher risk from COVID-19, U.S. citizen minors (accompanied by one parent or guardian), and adult U.S. citizens in need of medical assistance who do not fall into a higher priority group, in that order. After these priority boarding groups are accommodated, seats may be offered to other U.S. citizens, dependents of U.S. citizens, U.S. Legal Permanent Residents, and other eligible persons, in that order. All passengers must be authorized by the Gabonese government to depart and must have appropriate travel documents to enter the United States.
The Embassy encourages all U.S. citizens to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so that they will receive alerts and messages from the Embassy.
Effective March 16, U.S. Embassy Libreville has suspended all routine consular services. For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information.
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Gabon.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States
- S. Embassy Libreville, Gabon
Sablière, BP 4000
- State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Gabon Country Information
- Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
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