Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Libreville, Gabon

Location:  Gabon

Event:  Confinement Measures Now in Place

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 began at midnight on April 12 and may be extended as necessary.  All U.S. citizens who reside in the areas listed should prepare to remain at home for an extended period.  The Gabonese government has urged the public in all parts of the country to wear masks to limit the spread of COVID-19.

During the period of confinement, residents may leave their homes only to perform necessary tasks such as securing food, water, or medicine or if their job involves performing a service that the government has deemed essential.  Individuals should remain in their own communes when they leave their homes to procure essential goods.  Supermarkets, stores that sell food, and pharmacies will remain open. Persons who plan to leave their homes to provide essential services must obtain a laissez-passer from the Ministry of Interior.  Law enforcement and military officials will monitor compliance with the confinement measures.

The Gabonese government has banned all international and domestic passenger flights except for repatriation flights specifically authorized by the government.  On April 7, a flight departed from Libreville to Newark, New Jersey with the permission of the Gabonese government.  Other embassies may be organizing repatriation flights.  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)
  • 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

The Embassy will contact you if and when a flight becomes available.  All persons who wish to depart must have appropriate travel documents and remain near the Libreville airport as flights are often scheduled on short notice and seats may only be available at the last minute. The Embassy is not sure how many additional repatriation flights will be organized, so individuals who wish to depart should do so when flights are available.

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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