Gabon : Factfile

Time

GMT + 1 hour

Languages

The official language is French. The principal African language is Fang, and there are a number of local dialects.

Currency

CFA (Communauté Financiaire Africaine) Franc. Only currency issued by the Banque des États de l’Afrique Centrale (Bank of Central African States) is valid; currency issued by the Banque des États de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (Bank of West African States) is not. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, we recommend you take cash in Euros. Credit cards are not widely accepted.

Airlines

Air France, South African Airways, Air Gabon, Royal Air Maroc

Flight time from UK

Approximately 8 hours

Visa requirements

All UK, Australian, Canadian, USA and EU passport holders require visas. If you are visiting São Tomé & Príncipé, you will need a double or multi-entry visa for Gabon. Single-entry: £50 Double-entry: £100 Multiple-entry: £280. Passports must be valid for more than six months on arrival in Gabon.

For further information and up-to-date entry requirements, contact the Gabon High Commission:
Tel: 020 7823 9986.

The Visa Service (www.uk.cibt.com) can also help you arrange your visa.

Health requirements

You will need certain inoculations, including Yellow Fever which is a legal requirement, as well as malaria prophylaxes when travelling to Gabon. You should seek advice regarding inoculations and health precautions from your GP or travel clinic as soon as your departure date is known.

The MASTA (Medical Advisory Services for Travellers Abroad) website www.masta.org (09068 224100) will give you up-to-date advice, as well as the location of your nearest Travel Clinic. Another good website to visit for travel health advice is the NHS website www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk.


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