Gabon Travel Information
The Gabonese authorities have suspended all
commercial flights (national and international), with
the exception of unforeseen incidents, medical
evacuation and transport of goods - as well as a number
of other restrictions. For more information about
coronavirus, see the section Health.
Most trips to Gabon are completed without any special
problems. The greatest risk is related to poor
infrastructure or transport security, especially outside
the larger cities. No Norwegian travel advice has been
made for Gabon.
Responsible Norwegian Embassy for Gabon is
Royal Norwegian Embassy in Luanda
Tel: +244 222 447 522/447 922 • +47 23981902/19
Fax: +244 222 446 248
Address: Rua Garcia Neto nº 9, Miramar, CP 3835, Luanda,
Email: [email protected]
The danger of terror in Gabon is considered low.
Personal security is relatively good. Serious violent
crime is rare. It is normally not dangerous to drive
alone in a car. One should not walk on foot after dark.
Always carry a passport wherever you are for possible
There is a right-hand drive in Libreville, and the
city has good traffic flow. Traffic police are present
at major intersections during rush hour. Traffic
accidents lead to large crowds. If you have caused
personal injury, a mood of lightning may occur. For
safety reasons, it is recommended to drive to the
nearest police station and report the accident. At the
same time, it should also be reported to your own
- Countryaah: Libreville is the capital
of Gabon. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
If you are traveling inland and it is possible to
fly, then this is strongly recommended. The road network
outside Libreville is poor and four-wheel drive vehicles
are needed. It is an advantage to travel several cars
together. There are often more or less official checks
carried out by the police and the army. It is advisable
to consult before departure on necessary documents and
equipment that must be presented at check-in.
There is no rescue service if the accident is out, so
it is difficult to get the necessary help when needed.
It is therefore important to have sufficient spare/spare
equipment for longer trips outside the city.
In connection with elections, there may be a greater
risk to safety due to possible riots and one should
therefore exercise extra caution just before, during and
immediately after elections. One should steer clear of
demonstrations and larger gatherings of people. The next
election in Gabon is in August 2016.
Gabon does not have any legislation that prohibits
homosexuality, but there is still great prejudice
against LGBT people and discrimination can occur, both
from the government and private.
Norwegian citizens staying for a short or long time
in Gabon are encouraged to register at
www.reiseregistrering.no. Norwegian citizens are
encouraged to have valid travel insurance
In the event of a crisis or emergency, the embassy
can be contacted on +244 222 44 9936 or +244 222 44 7922
or the UD's 24-hour operating center on tel: +47 23 95
The Norwegian Embassy (Embaixada Real Da Noruega) has
Rua Garcia Neto 9, CP 3835 Miramar, Luanda, Angola.
Outside the embassy's opening hours, the public can
contact the UD's 24-hour operating center on tel: +47 23
95 0000 or by e-mail: [email protected]
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
A visa is required for Norwegian citizens upon entry
into Gabon. It is the traveler's responsibility to
ensure that travel documents, visas and vaccination
cards are valid.
Visas are obtained from the consulate in Stockholm.
The processing of first-time visas may take several
weeks. A written invitation is usually required from the
authority/company/organization/embassy which is the
contact unit to obtain a visa. It is not possible to
obtain a visa at the airport. If you arrive without a
valid visa, you will be refused entry to the country and
sent back with the same aircraft immediately.
For the latest updated information on entry rules to
the country, travelers are encouraged to check with the
country's nearest embassy.
The passport must be valid for at least six months
from the last day of travel. Visitors must have a valid
yellow fever certificate. In the absence of the latter,
you risk being vaccinated at the airport.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Norwegian
travelers should keep abreast of the development of the
coronavirus. Feel free to follow the local authorities'
advice, guidance and instructions on how to deal with
the situation (Infos covid-19 Gabon).
President Ali Bongo Ondimba announced on March 21,
2020 that Gabon will implement a nationwide curfew
between 7:30 pm and 6:00 am. This will take effect from
March 22, 2020, for an indefinite duration.
The Gabonese government has implemented a number of
measures to limit the spread of covid-19, including the
- All commercial flights (national and
international) are suspended, except for unforeseen
incidents, medical evacuation and carriage of goods.
- All land, sea and air boundaries are closed
except for shipping.
- All train transport is canceled, with the
exception of freight trains and trains carrying
- All types of transport by sea, river and lagoon
are prohibited, except for the carriage of goods.
- Any collection of religious, political or
trade-related nature is prohibited. Meetings with
more than ten people are also prohibited.
- All preschools, schools and universities are
closed. Students and teachers must stay home.
- Bars, nightclubs and restaurants (with the
exception of the restaurants that offer home
delivery) are closed.
- Markets will only be open to sell food. Motels,
clothing stores, jewelry stores, tailoring and
cafeterias are closed. Hairdressing salons can only
receive one customer at a time.
- Supermarkets, bakeries, pharmacies, gas station,
car and tire shop will keep open, but customers must
keep a distance of at least one meter.
- Only three people are allowed in private
vehicles at a time. For public transport, there are
a maximum of nine passengers in 18-seater buses,
three passengers in regular taxis, and ten
passengers in buses with 30 seats. Drivers in all
public transport must wear gloves and masks, as well
as have available disinfectant products. Passengers
must also disinfect their hands when boarding.
- Non-essential movements will be restricted in
cities, between cities and inland.
The standard and quality of health services, clinics
and hospitals are variable, often low. Evacuation to
Europe or South Africa in case of serious accidents,
surgeries and births is common. A comprehensive and good
health insurance is therefore necessary.
The public hospitals in the country are generally of
poor quality, both in terms of equipment, hygiene and
staff qualifications. There are private clinics that can
treat less complicated diseases. Should local treatment
be needed, the following hospitals may be among the
Clinique du Dr. Biyogue
Tel: (241-1) 742964
Clinique du Littoral
Tel: (241-2) 565013
Fax: (241-2) 551200
Hôpital Albert Schweitzer
Tel: (241-2) 581099
Fax: (241-2) 581196
Email: [email protected]
Pharmacies exist and they are relatively well
equipped. However, it is recommended that you bring a
small travel pharmacy, especially if you travel outside
the larger cities.
There is a high risk of malaria, brain malaria also
occurs and it is therefore recommended that you follow
an anti-malaria program after consulting a doctor. It is
recommended to sleep under mosquito nets and use
mosquito nets/ sprays when staying out after dark.
Sanitary and hygienic conditions are poor. Water cannot
be drunk from the tap. It must be filtered and boiled or
bottled mineral water is purchased. However, diarrhea,
amoeba or allergic reactions from water/food and air
pollution appear to occur.
Always on entry and sometimes on departure, a yellow
fever vaccination certificate is required. Other
vaccines, such as for polio, jaundice, cholera etc.
should be taken in accordance with the recommendations
obtained by contacting the Health Council or other
There is no time difference between Gabon and Norway,
except for the period when there is daylight saving time
in Norway - then Gabon is one hour behind.
Libreville (the capital) has 220 volts, and ordinary
Norwegian sockets can be used. Power outages occur
frequently and a separate generator is required. One
should use UPS/power stabilizer for PCs, TV, stereo etc.
French is the official language that is often read
and understood by people across the country. More than
half of the population speak fang, a national language.
Only at the largest hotels you can settle for by
credit card. The Norwegian krone cannot be exchanged.
The US dollar is the current currency. Some local
businesses also accept euros. There are ATMs where you
can withdraw local currency with Visa card. The local
currency is Central African Franc (XAF).
The local telephone network is unreliable. That's why
most people use mobile networks found in Libreville.
These work satisfactorily both nationally and
internationally. Internet service providers offer
connection at relatively good speed.
It is very important to get your ticket confirmed
well in advance of your departure from Libreville. Upon
departure one expects approx. three hour margin for
check-in. Most airlines today require the traveler to
personally check in their luggage. Airport charges must
be paid, which are normally paid upon confirmation of
the ticket before departure.
Photography, especially at the airport and in public
places, should be avoided.