As Secretary Pompeo noted in his remarks to the press on March 31, the State Department urges U.S. citizens who wish to return home from abroad to do so immediately and to make arrangements to facilitate their departure.
We understand that the suspension of domestic and international flights in Gabon has created a challenging situation for American citizens. The Embassy is attempting to schedule a departure flight and will provide details in an alert, including the departure date, departure time, and ticket price, as soon as they are available. Americans are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so that they will receive alerts and messages from the Embassy.
If the Embassy succeeds in scheduling a flight, the flight will depart from Libreville. Any U.S. citizen who is located in another part of Gabon and wishes to depart should be prepared to travel to Libreville. A flight may become available on short notice and seating may be limited. The U.S. Embassy cannot guarantee that there will be any subsequent departure flights.
If you are a U.S. citizen who wishes to return to the United States, please send the following information to LibrevilleACS@state.gov:
- 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)
- Health condition 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
The Embassy will contact you if and when a flight becomes available. Priority will be given to U.S. citizens who are at higher risk of severe illness if exposed to COVID-19 (including older adults and persons with underlying medical conditions), U.S. citizen minor children, and adult U.S. citizens in need of medical assistance. Requests from other U.S. citizens will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. All persons who wish to depart must have appropriate travel documents.
On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.
Effective March 16, U.S. Embassy Libreville has suspended 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.
- 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.
- 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 our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Gabon.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s websiteon 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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