COVID-19 Information for Gabon and São Tomé and Príncipe
Updated: July 19, 2021
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- The prevalence of COVID-19 cases in Gabon has steadily decreased, and the government has loosened restrictions. On January 30, land borders were closed except for government-approved crossings. On June 14, the government changed the curfew hours to 21:00 to 05:00 for those who are not vaccinated.
- Anyone who is vaccinated is not subject to the curfew, though they must furnish proof of vaccination.
- 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.
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 and classes are suspended in both public and private schools and 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 17:00-05:00.
- All school classes from pre-school to secondary and professional education classes are suspended.
- Gatherings limited to 6 persons.
- Regional market operates between 05:00 and 16:00 at 75% capacity.
- All religious activities prohibited.
- Individual fines from 200-1000 folds; groups can be fined 10,000-20,000 folds.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in GABON? Yes
- 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/us-visas/visa-information-resources/covid-19-travel-restrictions-and-exceptions.html
- COVID-19 PCR tests are free of charge for in-country travel, and it takes two to three days to receive a result. It is 20,000 FCFA for same day results and testing 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? Yes
- Are vaccines available in Gabon for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
- Which vaccines are available in Gabon? Sinopharm vaccine from China (not FDA-approved)
- Information about Gabon’s vaccination program can be obtained locally by calling the Gabon vaccination call center at 1314. Updated information is provided by the Government of Gabon on their Facebook page: Info Covid19 GABON – Home | Facebook
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- 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.
Entry and Exit Requirements
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
- Ministry of Tourism’s Facebook page: Ministère du Tourisme | Facebook
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
- Gabon requires a negative COVID-19 PCR test dated within 72 hours of departure of the flight.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- All arrivals are required to take an additional COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. This test now costs 20,000 FCFA (about $36).
- Visa extensions for residents and tourists should be requested in advance at the Direction General de I’Emi-Immigration (DGDI), located in Olumi, Libreville.
- Is a curfew in place? Yes, unless you are vaccinated.
- A curfew is in place in the capital of Libreville from 21:00 to 05:00. After 21:00, police checkpoints are set up throughout the city to verify vaccination status.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
- A COVID-19 test showing negative results taken within 14 calendar days of travel is required to travel between cities and provinces in Gabon if the traveler is not vaccinated.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes, unless you are vaccinated.
- All travelers without proof of vaccination must quarantine for 24 hours upon arrival until they receive negative results of their COVID-19 PCR test administered on arrival. They must quarantine in one of the approved hotels at the traveler’s expense. More information can be found here: Assistance Voyage Gabon (assistcovid19.ga). To book the hotel prior to your travel, visit this link: https://voyageurs.assistcovid19.ga/pdf/reservation/vMJWBPDRaLxAKy2
- 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.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Commercial air travel continues with limited 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.
- What ACS services are being offered? The Consular Section at the United States Embassy in Libreville is open for routine American Citizen Services through July 23, 2021. From July 23 – November 1, 2021, Embassy Libreville will only be able to offer emergency ACS services. If you need a U.S. passport or CRBA, or other emergency services, 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 have resumed some immigrant visa services, and are accepting emergency and student nonimmigrant visa applications through July 23, 2021. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible, but we are unable to provide a specific date. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about the possibility of an emergency appointment.
- Gabon COVID-19 Hotline: 1410
- Gabonese government’s COVID-19 website: https://infocovid.ga
- Ministry of Health: http://www.sante.gouv.ga/ and https://www.facebook.com/SanteGOUVGA/
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