COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information for Gabon and São Tomé and Príncipe 

Updated January 1, 2021 

Latest Governmental Restrictions

Gabon

The Gabonese government has implemented the following COVID-19 measures:

  • To travel between cities in Gabon, travelers must show a negative COVID-19 result of a test within the previous 14 days.
  • Churches and indoor dining are open at a maximum occupancy of 30 people.
  • A curfew remains in effect (22:00 to 05:00).
  • Masks are still required in public and social distancing and hygiene requirements will continue. The government cautioned that restrictions may be reinstated in certain locations or throughout the country if new outbreaks occur.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

Commercial air travel continues with three international flights per airline per week.  Crossing land and sea borders for commercial goods and services requires prior authorization.  Tourists are not permitted to arrive by land or sea.

  • Arrival:  Gabon requires a negative COVID-19 PCR test dated within the five days preceding arrival, as well as another test on arrival.
  • Departure:  Gabon requires a negative COVID test; however, the validity period of this test will be determined by the destination country.

Local Resources:

Gabon COVID-19 Hotline:  1410

Gabonese government’s COVID-19 website

Ministry of Health:    http://www.sante.gouv.ga/  and https://www.facebook.com/SanteGOUVGA/ 

Quarantine Information:

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must self-quarantine at home unless they are so ill hospitalization is necessary.  To be released from self-quarantine, two negative COVID-19 tests are required.  These quarantine requirements apply to the entire household of the COVID-positive individual.

São Tomé and Príncipe

The government of São Tomé and Príncipe has the following COVID-19 measures in place:

  • Members of the public are encouraged to remain home when possible and to avoid large gatherings.
  • Mandatory confinement for those who are ill.
  • Individuals must wear a mask in all closed public places and on all roads unless the driver is the sole occupant of the vehicle.
  • Churches may operate at two-thirds capacity.
  • Markets may operate from 05:00 to 17:00.
  • Clubs remain closed.
  • Members of the public must maintain a physical distance of at least 1.5 meters and must wash hands with soap and water or disinfect them at the entrance of all public and private institutions.
  • Funerals and wakes for those who passed away from non-COVID-19 causes are limited to 25 persons. Funerals and wakes for those who passed away from COVID-19 have more stringent restrictions.
  • Music festivals and popular celebrations are prohibited.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

The São Toméan government requires all passengers arriving in São Tomé provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within three days prior to departure.  Passengers who are symptomatic upon arrival (e.g., have a temperature above 38 degrees) will be subject to a rapid test for COVID-19.

Quarantine Information:

  • On April 22, the government announced the creation of medical teams for the exclusive monitoring of infected patients. Such patients will be isolated from their homes in areas designated for that purpose.
  • São Toméan nationals and residents who return to the country may be subject to a mandatory quarantine. 

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