COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information for Gabon and São Tomé and Príncipe 

Updated:   February 2, 2021

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Gabon-Specific Information

  • The prevalence of COVID-19 cases in Gabon has recently increased, and government restrictions have tightened. As of January 25, the government has extended the curfew hours to 20:00 to 05:00.  Beginning the evening of January 30, land borders were closed except for government-approved crossings.  The government is monitoring the situation closely and has warned it will impose strong restrictions again should the situation worsen appreciably.
  • Churches and indoor dining are currently open at a maximum occupancy of 30 people. Fines for exceeding the 30-person limit on gatherings will range from 100,000 to 5,000,000 FCFA.
  • The wearing of facemasks is obligatory in all public spaces, to include riding or driving in a vehicle with two or more persons inside. If driving alone, the driver is required to have a facemask to be used immediately upon exiting the vehicle.  Fines for not wearing a facemask will range from 25,000 to 200,000 FCFA.
  • Social distancing and other hygiene requirements continue.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in GABON? Yes, PCR tests are available.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html.
  • COVID-19 PCR tests are 5,000 FCFA for in-country travel and 20,000 FCFA for international travel; these costs are covered by the individual requesting the testing.  A PCR test must be taken upon arrival in Gabon; the cost is now 20,000 FCFA per test.
  • The following sites offer COVID-19 testing in the greater Libreville area (https://infocovid.ga):
    • Hôpital de Campagne (Field Hospitals): Stade d’angondje
    • Centre de Santé (Health Centers): Awendje, Okala, Louis, Owendo, London, La Peyrie, Lalala, Nzeng Ayong, Glass
    • Centre Médicaux (Medical Centers): Ntoum
    • Hôpitaux (Hospitals): Hôpital de Nkembo, Hôpital Sino-gabonais, Hôpital égypto-gabonais
    • Centres Hospitaliers Régionaux (Regional Hospital Centers): MELEN
    • Centres Hospitaliers Universitaires (University Hospital Centers): Libreville, Owendo, Mère-Enfant Jeanne Ebori
    • Structures Privées (Private Institutions): Polyclinique Chambrier, Cabinet médical inter-entreprises, Cabinet ORL Dr Edzang
    • Unités Mobiles (Mobile Units): Gigi, aéroport, Charbonnages, Awendje, SNI
    • Hôpitaux Militaires (Military Hospitals): Akanda
    • Infirmeries Garde Républicaine (Republican Guard Clinics): Infirmerie principale, Groupement d’intervention parachutiste, Groupement aérien présidentiel
    • Infirmeries Gendarmerie Nationale (National Gendarmerie Clinics): Santé maternelle et infantile, Gros bouquet, Owendo
    • Infirmeries Forces De Police Nationale (National Police Force Clinics): Komo, Sorbonne, Santé maternelle et infantile Fopi
    • Infirmeries Forces Armées Gabonaises (Gabonese Armed Forces Clinics): Infirmerie principale Louembet (Baraka), 1er Régiment de parachutistes gabonais
    • Laboratoires (Laboratories): Laboratoire Professeur Daniel Gahouma, Laboratoire national de santé publique
  • COVID-19 test results are delivered to the patient by printed copy.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Gabon approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Ministry of Tourism’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TourismeGOUVGA/
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?   Gabon requires a negative COVID-19 PCR test dated within the five days preceding arrival.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?   All arrivals are required to take an additional COVID-19 PCR test on arrival.  This test now costs 20,000 FCFA.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place?   A curfew is in place in the capital of Libreville from 20:00 to 05:00.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?   A COVID-19 test showing negative results taken within 14 calendar days of travel is required to travel between cities and provinces in Gabon.

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  Yes
    • All travelers must quarantine upon arrival until they receive negative results of their COVID-19 PCR test administered on arrival.
    • 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.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating?   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.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Masks are obligatory in all public transit vehicles. Taxis are operating at half capacity, limiting ridership to no more than 2 passengers per car.  Taxi buses are similarly limited in ridership.  In practice, however, many of these rules are ignored.

Fines for Non-Compliance

  • Fines for not wearing a facemask will range from 25,000 to 200,000 FCFA.
  • Fines for exceeding the 30-person limit on gatherings will range from 100,000 to 5,000,000 FCFA.

Consular Operations

  • What ACS services are being offered? Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Consular Section is currently closed for all but emergency appointments.  If you have an urgent need for a U.S. passport or another emergency service, please contact us at LibrevilleACS@state.gov.
  • What visa services are being offered? The United States Embassy in Libreville remains unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date.  If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please contact usvisalibreville@state.gov to inquire about the possibility of an emergency appointment.

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São Tomé and Príncipe-Specific Information

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. Gatherings in public spaces are limited to no more than eight persons.
  • 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 one-half capacity with services held on alternate days.
  • Markets may operate from 05:00 to 17:00.
  • All night schools / classes are suspended in both public and private schools/universities.
  • The working hours for public administration are 07:30 to 13:00, except for essential services.
  • 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. Group sports practices are also prohibited.

For Príncipe only

  • Curfew from 1700-0500;
  • All school classes from pre-school to secondary and professional education classes are suspended;
  • Gatherings limited to 6 persons;
  • Regional market operates between 0500 and 1600 at 75% capacity;
  • All religious activities prohibited;
  • Individual fines from 200-1000 folds, groups can be fined 10,000-20,000 folds.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in São Tomé And Príncipe? Yes, PCR tests are available.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html.
    • For STP Airways flight on Saturdays, tests are carried out on Wednesdays, 08:30-11:30 am and results are given on Fridays, 15:00-17:00 pm.
    • For TAP Portugal flight on Mondays, tests are carried out on Mondays, 08:30-11:30 am and results are given on Mondays, 15:00-17:00 pm.
    • For TAP Portugal flight on Fridays, tests are carried out on Wednesdays, 08:30-11:30 am and results are given on Fridays, 15:00-17:00 pm.
    • The tests are carried out at the Infirmary at the Barracks of the Armed Force. The PCR test costs STN 500.00, to be paid in full by the traveler.
  • COVID-19 test results are delivered to the patient by printed copy.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of São Tomé And Príncipe approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? No
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?   The São Toméan government requires all passengers arriving in São Tomé provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 72 hours prior to departure.  These tests must be handed to the national authorities for authenticity verification.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?   Passengers who are symptomatic upon arrival (e.g., have a temperature above 38 degrees) will be subject to a rapid test for COVID-19.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No for São Tomé. Yes for Príncipe.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes. Anyone traveling between the islands of São Tomé and Principe must submit to a COVID-19 rapid test within 24 hours of departure.

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No.
    • On April 22, 2020, 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. Any person who receives a positive COVID-19 test result will be required to quarantine, along with their direct contacts.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
    • TAP Portugal – Mondays and Fridays (Lisbon-Sao Tome and vice-versa);
    • STP Airways – Saturdays (Lisbon-Sao Tome and vice-versa);
    • STP Airways – Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (Sao Tome-Principe and vice-versa); and
    • TAAG Angola airlines – Mondays, starting from January 25, 2021 (Luanda-Sao Tome and vice-versa).
  • Is public transportation operating? There is no public transportation in São Tomé and Principe.  However, private taxis are operating.
    • Passengers are required to comply with social distancing, mask usage, and hand washing proscriptions.
    • Taxis are limited to 50% capacity.

Fines for Non-Compliance

  • For Príncipe only: Individual fines from 200-1000 folds, groups can be fined 10,000-20,000 folds.

Consular Operations

  • What ACS services are being offered? Due to the COVID-19 crisis and the lack of flights to Libreville, the Consular Section is currently closed for all but emergency appointments.  If you have an urgent need for a U.S. passport or another emergency service, please contact us at LibrevilleACS@state.gov.
  • What visa services are being offered? The United States Embassy in Libreville remains unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date.  If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please contact usvisalibreville@state.gov to inquire about the possibility of an emergency appointment.

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