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Gabon

Capital
Libreville
Time Zone
GMT + 1
Telephone Services
Country Code: 241
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Not present
Tourist Information
Office National Gabonaise du Tourisme, PO Box 161, Liberville, Gabon Tel: 722 182
Passport Information
Valid passport required by all except nationals of: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, and Equatorial Guinea who must have an ID card or passport expired for less than 5 years. Return Ticket Required. Requirements may be subject to short term change. Contact the relevant consular authority before finalising travel arrangements.
Visa Information
Visa Required by all except nationals of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal and Togo. Nationals of France can obtain a visa on arrival. Tourist and business visas are granted.
Health Information
Polio, Typhoid, Vaccination recommended
Malaria: Precautions required. Falciparum variety prevalent. Resistance to chloroquine has been reported.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required by all travellers over one year of age.
Other Health Risks: Bilharzia, Cholera, rabies, River blindness also present. Although incidence of Ebola is unlikely, sensible precautions should be taken.
Food & Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency
CFA Franc (CFA Fr) = 100 centimes.
NOTE: Import of local currency is limited to CFA Fr 250000.
There is very limited acceptance of any credit cards or travellers cheques.ATM availability: Unavailable.

Cost of Living
Prices and services are generally expensive for the tourist.
Languages
French and the African language – Fang
Weather
May – Sept = Dry Season. Feb – Apr = Raining Season. Trade winds prevail during the dry season
Electricity
220 Volts Ac 50 Hz
Post
Airmail at least 1 week to Western Europe.
Transport
FLIGHTS: Regular domestic flights operate. SEA: River barges and Ferries operate along the waterways. RAIL: Currently being expanded connects main cities. ROAD Mostly not tarred of poor standard, inadvisable during the raining season. CAR HIRE: Possible from main hotels and airports. DOCUMENTATION: IDP required.
Special Information
A yellow fever certificate will be required to enter the country.