For foreign nationals who hold a resident permit and who wish to leave Gabon, you need to obtain a letter of permission (“autorisation de sortie”) from the Gabonese Government and have proof of a negative coronavirus test prior to departure.Apply for a Gabon Visa Online
Gabon Entry and borders
Passengers entering Gabon are no longer required to show a negative COVID-19 test at Libreville airport, nor are they subject to mandatory testing at Libreville airport.
You may be asked to present a negative PCR test on departure. Consult your airline before you travel.If you’re fully vaccinated
Entry requirements for Gabon are the same for all travellers, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status You don’t need to provide your vaccination status for entry to Gabon
If you’re not fully vaccinated
Entry requirements for Gabon are the same for all travellers, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year
Entry requirements for Gabon are the same for all travellers, regardless of whether you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past year.
Children and young people
There are no specific requirements for children and young people.If you’re transiting through Gabon
Transiting is when you pass through one country on the way to your final destination. Gabon Transit Visa Information or Check with your airline before departing.
Travel in Gabon
You must wear a face mask in confined areas. All other COVID-19 restrictive measures were lifted on 9 March 2022.
Hotels have reopened.Public places and services
Markets have reopened as normal. Places of worship are also open without restriction. However, the wearing of face masks remains mandatory in all public places.Healthcare in Gabon
Pharmacies and health centres remain open. Government of Gabon advice for anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is to avoid immediately going to hospital and instead dial a toll free number (1410) and follow their instructions.
Standard COVID-19 tests are currently free of charge with results released after 3 to 5 days. The VIP faster option, with results available within 24 hours, costs CFA 20,000.
Go fishing in Gabon
At the Loango National Park, where fishing activities are limited to local subsistence fishing and a couple of tourist operations,you can sign up for a nine-day itinerary that included full board accommodations at the park and fishing excursions to catch the giant African threadfin, the Atlantic tarpon, the Guinean barracuda, or the African cubera snapper.
Gabon’s lakes and rivers are excellent fishing venues. The country has arguably the best-preserved marine environments in Africa.
See the humpback whales in Gabon
If you are in Gabon between July and September, you’re just in time to see the humpback whales! These whales come to Gabonese waters during this season to mate and calve before they return to their summer feeding grounds.
The best places to see the humpback whales are in Loango and Mayumba. Loango, of course, if famous for its“surfing hippos,”though it is not likely you will see any of those. You’ll have to content yourself with whale sightings, then.