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Gabon travel restrictions

Open for citizens: partial Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: no Quarantine: yes
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Open for travel from Gabon
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Gabon unless they are holding a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test result from a WHO approved health centre, within 5 days prior to travelling.
  • This does not apply to passengers 6 years and younger.
  • Passengers must complete a Health Information Form on arrival in Gabon.
  • Passengers will be required to undergo a Covid-19 RT-PCR test on arrival, and remain in quarantine until the results of the test are received.
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Flight Restrictions

published 06.07.2020
1. Passengers arriving from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to nationals and residents of Gabon.
2. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 5 days before arrival.
3. Passengers are subject to self- isolation for 14 days.

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Quarantine

If you do travel to Gabon, you will be required to quarantine for 15 days in a government facility.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.
Proof of a negative result on a RT-PCR test taken within 5 days of departure is required for all passengers entering Gabon. Entering passengers may also be required to submit to health screening measures, including an RT-PCR test, upon arrival.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2016)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all travellers aged 1 year
or over.
WHO vaccination recommendation: yes

Malaria (2018)
Malaria risk due predominantly to P. falciparum exists throughout the year in the entire country.
WHO recommended prevention: C

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Full Restrictions

  • Gabon European tourists, business travelers will not be granted visas after EU excludes country from ‘safe list’ (Reuters, 01.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Flight restrictions have eased to allow two flights per airline, per week. Land and sea borders are closed.
    For foreign nationals wishing to leave Gabon, a letter of permission from the Gabonese Government is needed before departure.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The State of Emergency was lifted on 11 May. Restrictions on travel within the Grande Libreville area have been lifted. Travel outside Libreville to inland Gabon remains restricted. Markets have reopened as normal. There is a daily curfew from 8pm to 5am. You must wear a mask in public areas. Failure to comply with the measures above would constitute a criminal offence and can lead to fines or community service. Check points exist along roads to enforce the above measures. Since 01 July, hotels have been allowed to reopen. Markets have reopened as normal. Gatherings of more than 10 people are banned. Restaurants with a terrace are also allowed to reopen. Bars remain closed.

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    17.07.2020
  • Gabon European tourists, business travelers will not be granted visas after EU excludes country from ‘safe list’ (Reuters, 01.07.2020)
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    International restrictions:

    From 1 July commercial air travel may resume. Two international flights per airline per week will be permitted. Although Gabon’s land and sea borders will remain closed to travelers, travel by air, boat, and train within Gabon may resume.

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    Internal restrictions:

    On 30 June, the Gabonese government announced that a number of the restrictions put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be lifted or modified. The following changes will take effect on 1 July at 05:00: travel by air, boat, and train within Gabon may resume. Regular working hours will resume in the public and private sectors. Hotels may reopen. Restaurants with outdoor dining terraces may reopen. A curfew will remain in effect, but with reduced hours (20:00 to 05:00). Classes for students who plan to take the baccalaureate exam in August will resume on July 20. Post-secondary classes may resume on July 13. Masks are still required in public and social distancing and hygiene requirements will continue. The government cautioned that restrictions may be reinstated in certain locations or throughout the country if new outbreaks occur.

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    01.07.2020
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    International restrictions:

    As of 25 June 2020, a ban on regular commercial passenger flights is still in effect. The only permitted flights are special flights approved by the Gabonese government.
    As of March 21, all land, sea, and air borders are closed, with the exception of freight shipments and special government-approved flights such as repatriation flights.

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    Internal restrictions:

    All parts of the country are subject to a curfew between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am. Travel between Libreville and the interior is prohibited in the absence of special authorization from the Gabonese government. Schools, places of worship, restaurants, bars, and spaces for leisure activities will remain closed until further notice. Companies should continue to encourage telework for employees but may gradually return to business and administrative activities. Work hours must be limited to 7:30 am to 2:00 pm. Health control devices such as thermoflash devices, hand sanitizer, and masks must be placed at company and administrative office entrances. Small businesses such as hair salons, garages, tire repair ships, and artisan workshops may begin to reopen subject to social distancing measures such as reductions in the numbers of staff and clients, the presence of disinfectants, and the wearing of masks. Other commercial enterprises such as hardware stores, building and construction entities, and retailers of office supplies, furniture, and appliances, may gradually reopen with social distancing measures in place. All persons must wear masks in public. Those who fail to wear a mask may be fined. Law enforcement and military officials will monitor compliance with the confinement measures.

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    27.06.2020
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    International restrictions:

    Flights to Gabon are suspended.
    Gabon has restricted the entry of all travelers who have been in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China. Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, South Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, or the United Kingdom in the last 14 days.
    Nationals and residents of Gabon may still enter the country.

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    International restrictions:

    All international commercial flights are suspended until further notice. Travellers on essential travel must obtain a laissez-passer from the Ministry of Interior. Gabonese citizens can enter the country and will be subject to immediate mandatory quarantine. All land, sea and air borders are closed until further notice, exception for freight and emergencies.

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    Internal restrictions:

    All parts of the country are subject to a curfew between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am.
    Long-distance travel between cities is prohibited in the absence of a special authorization from the Gabonese government.
    Schools, places of worship, performance halls, museums, game rooms, motels, bars, and nightclubs will remain closed until further notice.
    International and national conferences, sporting events, political demonstrations, cultural, religious, and sporting events are prohibited.
    All persons must wear masks in public.

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    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Travel between Libreville and the interior is prohibited in the absence of special authorization from the Gabonese government.
    Schools, places of worship, restaurants, bars, and spaces for leisure activities will remain closed until further notice.
    Companies should continue to encourage telework for employees but may gradually return to business and administrative activities. Work hours must be limited to 7:30 am to 2:00 pm. Health control devices such as thermoflash devices, hand sanitizer, and masks must be placed at company and administrative office entrances.
    Small businesses such as hair salons, garages, tire repair ships, and artisan workshops may begin to reopen subject to social distancing measures such as reductions in the numbers of staff and clients, the presence of disinfectants, and the wearing of masks.
    Other commercial enterprises such as hardware stores, building and construction entities, and retailers of office supplies, furniture, and appliances, may gradually reopen with social distancing measures in place.
    All persons must wear masks in public. Those who fail to wear a mask may be fined.
    Law enforcement and military officials will monitor compliance with the confinement measures.

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    22.06.2020
  • Gabon Flights to Gabon are suspended.

    Gabon has restricted the entry of all travelers who have been in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China. Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, South Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, or the United Kingdom in the last 14 days.

    Nationals and residents of Gabon may still enter the country.

    International restrictions:

    All international commercial flights are suspended until further notice. Travellers on essential travel must obtain a laissez-passer from the Ministry of Interior. Gabonese citizens can enter the country and will be subject to immediate mandatory quarantine. All land, sea and air borders are closed until further notice, exception for freight and emergencies.

    Internal restrictions:

    Countrywide curfew between 19.30 and 06.00 until further notice All internal commercial flights are cancelled. Wearing a mask in public is mandatory. Schools and universities are closed until further notice. Bars and nightclubs as well as most markets and shops, except food ones and pharmacies, remain closed until further notice. All gatherings of more than ten people are not authorised, this includes cultural and sport-related events.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Authorities on 8 May announced the end of the state of emergency from 11 May. Restrictions measures and lockdown continue to be in place. Libreville’s confinement was lifted on 5 May in order to restart the economy. Non-food shops are starting to gradually reopen. Businesses can operate from 7.30 to 14.00 as well as administration from 7.30 to 15.30. Internal travel within the districts of the capital Libreville can resume. However, exiting Greater Libreville — the capital and three bordering communes — remains banned.

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    10.06.2020
  • Gabon Gabon has restricted the entry of all travelers who have been in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China. Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, South Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, or the United Kingdom in the last 14 days. Nationals and residents of Gabon may still enter the country.

    International restrictions:

    All international commercial flights are suspended until further notice. Travellers on essential travel must obtain a laissez-passer from the Ministry of Interior. Gabonese citizens can enter the country and will be subject to immediate mandatory quarantine. All land, sea and air borders are closed until further notice, exception for freight and emergencies.

    Internal restrictions:

    Countrywide curfew between 19.30 and 06.00 until further notice All internal commercial flights are cancelled. Wearing a mask in public is mandatory. Schools and universities are closed until further notice. Bars and nightclubs as well as most markets and shops, except food ones and pharmacies, remain closed until further notice. All gatherings of more than ten people are not authorised, this includes cultural and sport-related events.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Authorities on 8 May announced the end of the state of emergency from 11 May. Restrictions measures and lockdown continue to be in place. Libreville’s confinement was lifted on 5 May in order to restart the economy. Non-food shops are starting to gradually reopen. Businesses can operate from 7.30 to 14.00 as well as administration from 7.30 to 15.30. Internal travel within the districts of the capital Libreville can resume. However, exiting Greater Libreville — the capital and three bordering communes — remains banned.

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    27.05.2020
  • Gabon All international commercial flights are cancelled. Gabonese citizens can enter the country and will be subject to immediate mandatory quarantine. All land, sea and air borders are closed until further notice, exception for freight and emergencies.

    International restrictions:

    The nationwide state of emergency ended 12 May. All parts of the country are subject to a curfew between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am. Air, land, and sea borders remain closed except for repatriation and the transport of food, petroleum, gas, and freight. Long-distance travel between cities is prohibited in the absence of a special authorization from the Gabonese government. Places of worship, performance halls, museums, game rooms, motels, bars, and nightclubs will remain closed until further notice. International and national conferences, sporting events, political demonstrations, cultural, religious, and sporting events are prohibited. All persons must wear masks in public.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Authorities on 8 May announced the end of the state of emergency from 11 May. Restrictions measures and lockdown continue to be in place. Libreville’s confinement was lifted on 5 May in order to restart the economy. The lockdown has been eased since 27 April, Non-food shops are starting to gradually reopen. Businesses can operate from 7.30 to 14.00 (local time) as well as administration from 7.30 to 15.30. Internal travel within the districts of the capital Libreville can resume. However, exiting Greater Libreville — the capital and three bordering communes — remains banned.

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    21.05.2020
  • Gabon All international commercial flights are cancelled. Gabonese citizens can enter the country and will be subject to immediate mandatory quarantine. All land, sea and air borders are closed until further notice, exception for freight and emergencies.

    International restrictions:

    The nationwide state of emergency ended 12 May. All parts of the country are subject to a curfew between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am. Air, land, and sea borders remain closed except for repatriation and the transport of food, petroleum, gas, and freight. Long-distance travel between cities is prohibited in the absence of a special authorization from the Gabonese government. Places of worship, performance halls, museums, game rooms, motels, bars, and nightclubs will remain closed until further notice. International and national conferences, sporting events, political demonstrations, cultural, religious, and sporting events are prohibited. All persons must wear masks in public.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Authorities on 8 May announced the end of the state of emergency from 11 May. Restrictions measures and lockdown continue to be in place. Libreville’s confinement was lifted on 5 May in order to restart the economy. The lockdown has been eased since 27 April, Non-food shops are starting to gradually reopen. Businesses can operate from 7.30 to 14.00 (local time) as well as administration from 7.30 to 15.30. Internal travel within the districts of the capital Libreville can resume. However, exiting Greater Libreville — the capital and three bordering communes — remains banned.

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    18.05.2020
  • Gabon All international commercial flights are cancelled. Gabonese citizens can enter the country and will be subject to immediate mandatory quarantine. All land, sea and air borders are closed until further notice, exception for freight and emergencies.

    International restrictions:

    The nationwide state of emergency will end on 12 May. Travellers on essential travel must obtain a laissez-passer from the Ministry of Interior. Countrywide curfew between 19.30 and 06.00 until further notice All internal commercial flights are cancelled. Wearing a mask in public is mandatory. Schools and universities are closed until further notice. Bars and nightclubs as well as most markets and shops, except food ones and pharmacies, remain closed until further notice. All gatherings of more than ten people are not authorised, this includes cultural and sport-related events.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Authorities on 8 May announced the end of the state of emergency from 11 May. Restrictions measures and lockdown continue to be in place. Libreville’s confinement was lifted on 5 May in order to restart the economy. The lockdown has been eased since 27 April, Non-food shops are starting to gradually reopen. Businesses can operate from 7.30 to 14.00 (local time) as well as administration from 7.30 to 15.30. Internal travel within the districts of the capital Libreville can resume. However, exiting Greater Libreville — the capital and three bordering communes — remains banned.

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    12.05.2020
  • Gabon All international commercial flights are cancelled.
    Gabonese citizens can enter the country and will be subject to immediate mandatory quarantine.
    All land, sea and air borders are closed until further notice, exception for freight and emergencies.

    International restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in place until 11 May.
    A lockdown remains effective in the capital Libreville and three neighbouring municipalities (Akanda, Ntoum and Owendo) until 11 May. Only essential movement is authorised outside of these communes. Travellers on essential travel must obtain a laissez-passer from the Ministry of Interior.
    Countrywide curfew between 19.30 and 06.00 until further notice.
    All internal movements are prohibited, except for essential authorised movements (trade in food and basic necessities, public order, pharmacies, sale of fuels and waste collection). All internal commercial flights are cancelled.
    Wearing a mask in public is mandatory.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Libreville’s confinement was lifted on 5 May in order to restart the economy.
    The lockdown has been eased since 27 April, Non-food shops are starting to gradually reopen. Businesses can operate from 7.30 to 14.00 (local time) as well as administration from 7.30 to 15.30.
    Internal travel within the districts of the capital Libreville can resume. However, exiting Greater Libreville — the capital and three bordering communes — remains banned.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information
    OSAC Travel Advisories
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