Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Libreville, Gabon

Location:  Gabon

Event:  Government Announces Confinement Measures for Greater Libreville

On April 10, the Gabonese government announced a 15-day period of confinement for Libreville, Owendo, Akanda, Ntoum, and Pointe Dénis.  The period of confinement will begin at midnight on April 12 and will last 15 days, though it may be extended as necessary.  During the period of confinement, residents are to remain at home except as necessary to perform essential services.  All U.S. citizens in the areas listed should prepare for the period of confinement by ensuring that they have sufficient food, medicine, and supplies.  The Embassy will provide additional details as they become available.

On April 7, a flight departed from Libreville to Newark, New Jersey with the permission of the Gabonese government.  Although the U.S. Embassy does not currently have any additional future flights scheduled, it will continue to explore all available options for U.S. citizens interested in departing.

If you are a U.S. citizen who wishes to return to the United States, please send the following information to

  • Your full name as spelled in your passport
  • Nationality
  • 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
  • Scanned copy of the bio page of your passport and visa or carte de séjour

The Embassy will contact you if and when a flight becomes available.  All persons who wish to depart must have appropriate travel documents.

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.

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.

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