São Tomé & Príncipe : Factfile




Portuguese is the official language, and Creole is also spoken. Some people speak English, but French is more common.


Dobra (Db). Some hotels accept Visa and MasterCard, but there are no ATMs.


TAP Air Portugal (from Lisbon); local flights from Gabon

Flight time from UK

6-7 hours (including stopovers)

Visa requirements

British nationals do not require a visa to enter São Tomé and Principe if staying under 15 days.
Should your stay be longer than 15 days you will need a visa. This should be obtained before travel. Your passport must be valid for 3 months from date of arrival and have two blank pages.

You can apply for a e-visa online here: http://www.smf.st/virtualvisa.

Health requirements

You will need certain immunisations and malaria prophylaxes before you travel. You will also need to be immunised against Yellow Fever and they will ask you to produce a certificate on entry. You should seek advice regarding all inoculations and health precautions from your doctor 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 immunisation and malarial advice, and give you the location of your nearest Travel Clinic.

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