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São Tomé and Príncipe travel restrictions

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Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter São Tomé and Príncipe unless they are holding a negative Covid-19 PCR test result obtained within 72 hours prior to traveling.
  • This does not apply to children aged 3 years and under, provided their accompanying parent or guardian is holding a negative test result obtained within 72 hours prior to travel.
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Flight Restrictions

published 30.06.2020
Flights to Sao Tome and Principe are suspended until 14 July 2020.
– This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac, military and repatriation flights.

Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site or self-isolation at home.
All travelers arriving in the country are subject to a 14-day self-quarantine in a private residence or hotel (at your their own expense).

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

All air passengers arriving in São Tomé and Principe are required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken in the 72 hours prior to their arrival.
Passengers who are symptomatic upon arrival (e.g., have a temperature above 38 degrees) will be subject to a rapid test for COVID-19.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2015)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 1 year
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited
through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: in general, no
Generally not recommended for travellers going to São Tomé and Príncipe.

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

  • São Tomé and Príncipe Suspension of international and domestic flights except for special humanitarian flights.

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    International restrictions:

    On 16 July, STP re-opened its airspace to international flights. All air passengers arriving in São Tomé and Principe are required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken in the 72 hours prior to their arrival.
    Cargo flights continue operating normally. Nationals and non-national residents who return to the country are subject to mandatory home quarantine accompanied by health agents and police forces upon arrival. The docking of cruise ships at the country’s ports is also suspended. The suspension of all sea and air connections include movements between all the islands of Sao Tome and Principe – except for the health emergency services.
    All travellers will be checked upon arrival and authorities will quarantine any traveller presenting fever or similar infection symptoms.

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    Internal restrictions:

    From 16 June the Government São Tomé and Principe declared a “situation of public calamity” which imposes a number of restrictions and public health measures to limit the spread of the virus. This has been reviewed several times, and the next review is due on 15 September. Individuals are encouraged to stay at home and apply social distancing. Face masks are compulsory in all public areas and in motor vehicles. Public Transport is operating at 50% capacity. Hotels and private rentals continue to operate with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. The majority of shops, banks and restaurants continue to operate, with some restrictions (e.g. reduced opening hours) and coronavirus precautionary measures in place.

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    11.09.2020
  • São Tomé and Príncipe Suspension of international and domestic flights except for special humanitarian flights.

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    International restrictions:

    Inbound and outbound commercial and charter passenger flights are suspended until further notice, Cargo flights continue operating normally. Nationals and non-national residents who return to the country are subject to mandatory home quarantine accompanied by health agents and police forces upon arrival. The docking of cruise ships at the country’s ports is also suspended. The suspension of all sea and air connections include movements between all the islands of Sao Tome and Principe – except for the health emergency services.
    All travellers will be checked upon arrival and authorities will quarantine any traveller presenting fever or similar infection symptoms. All air passengers arriving in São Tomé and Principe are required to have proof of a negative coronavirus PCR test taken in the 72 hours prior to their arrival.

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    Internal restrictions:

    From 16 June the Government São Tomé and Principe declared a “situation of public calamity” which imposes a number of restrictions and public health measures to limit the spread of the virus:
    Individuals are encouraged to stay at home and apply social distancing.
    Face masks are compulsory in all public areas and in motor vehicles.
    Public Transport is operating at 50% capacity. Hotels and private rentals continue to operate with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. The majority of shops, banks and restaurants continue to operate, with some restrictions (e.g. reduced opening hours) and coronavirus precautionary measures in place.

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    05.08.2020
  • São Tomé and Príncipe Suspension of international and domestic flights except for special humanitarian flights.

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    International restrictions:

    Inbound and outbound commercial and charter passenger flights are suspended until further notice, Cargo flights continue operating normally. Nationals and non-national residents who return to the country are subject to mandatory home quarantine accompanied by health agents and police forces upon arrival. The docking of cruise ships at the country’s ports is also suspended. The suspension of all sea and air connections include movements between all the islands of Sao Tome and Principe – except for the health emergency services.
    All travellers will be checked upon arrival and authorities will quarantine any traveller presenting fever or similar infection symptoms.

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    Internal restrictions:

    On June 12, the government of São Tomé and Príncipe announced a three-phase plan for reopening. The plan has three phases:
    —Phase 1 – June 16-30:
    The mandatory curfew is no longer in effect.
    Repatriation flights for Sao Tomean nationals and foreign residents of Sao Tome may resume.
    Bakeries, gas stations and pharmacies may operate from 6:00 am until 6:00 pm.
    Markets may operate Monday through Saturday from 5:00 am until 3:00 pm.
    Restaurants and cafes may operate from 7:00 am until 4:00 pm with half the usual capacity and a maximum of 4 people per table from the same group or family respecting general health rules. Restaurants and cafes may offer takeout services from 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm.
    Most other commercial enterprises such as banks and communication companies may operate between 7:30 am to 3:00 pm.
    Government offices will operate from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm with reduced staffing.
    Churches and other religious entities may open at one third of their usual capacity, respecting general health rules.

    —Phase 2 – July 1 to 15:
    Air travel will partially resume, allowing flights from member states of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries.
    Hotels, guest houses, and casinos may reopen subject to regulations put in place by the Ministry of Tourism.
    Restaurants and cafes may operate during usual operating hours with half the usual capacity and a maximum of 4 people per table from the same group or family respecting general health rules.
    Private businesses (except for bars and clubs) and government offices may resume normal staffing and operations.
    Some higher education facilities will reopen with limits of 20 students per class.
    Museums, theaters, cultural exhibitions, and libraries may reopen.
    Meetings and lectures may resume at 50% capacity for the space where the event occurs.
    Churches and other religious entities may open at one half of their usual capacity, respecting general health rules.
    Visits to hospitalized patients (excluding COVID-19 patients), residents of nursing homes, and prisoners may resume.

    —Phase 3 – July 16-30:
    All international commercial flights may resume and the government will resume flights and transportation by boat between the islands of Príncipe and São Tomé.
    Markets may operate from Monday to Saturday between 5:00 am and 5:00 pm.
    Gyms and similar enterprises may reopen.

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    22.06.2020
  • São Tomé and Príncipe President extends state of emergency until 15 June (RFI, 02.06.2020). Suspension of international and domestic flights except for special humanitarian flights.

    International restrictions:

    Inbound and outbound commercial and charter passenger flights are suspended until further notice, Cargo flights continue operating normally. Nationals and non-national residents who return to the country are subject to mandatory home quarantine accompanied by health agents and police forces upon arrival. The docking of cruise ships at the country’s ports is also suspended. The suspension of all sea and air connections include movements between all the islands of Sao Tome and Principe – except for the health emergency services.
    All travellers will be checked upon arrival and authorities will quarantine any traveller presenting fever or similar infection symptoms.

    Internal restrictions:

    The Sao Tomean government announced that the State of Emergency has been extended until June 15. The Council of Ministers has put into place the following modified confinement measures: 1) A mandatory curfew will remain in effect from 6:30 pm to 5:00 am. Exemptions exist for necessary workers including those in the fields of health, defense, law enforcement, the media, members of the government, essential officials of diplomatic missions, and justified emergency cases. 2) Pharmacies, gas stations, and bakeries may operate from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm. Other commercial entities, such as service companies, construction companies, commercial banks, and take away restaurants, may operate between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm. The use of masks is mandatory. Employees and customers must respect social distancing and alcohol gel or a sink must be available for handwashing. 3) Government offices will be open from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm. The use of masks is mandatory. Employees and those seeking services must respect social distancing and alcohol gel or a sink must be available for handwashing. 4) Markets will be open from 5:00 am to 3:00 pm, with alternating closures on Sundays. The use of masks by vendors and customers is mandatory. Employees and customers must respect social distancing and a sink must be available at the market entrance. 5) Masks are mandatory on public roads and in all places of public service. 6) Taxis may operate at 50% of their official capacity. Driver and all passengers must wear masks. Motorcycle taxi service drivers and passengers must wear masks. Masks are also required for drivers and passengers in private and service vehicles unless the driver is sole occupant of the vehicle. 7) Groups of more than four people are prohibited from gathering on public roads. 8) Funeral attendance is limited to 20 people. Funerals for victims of COVID-19 will be overseen by the local government. These restrictions are in addition to previously announced measures, including the closing of bars and clubs, the suspension of public and private school classes, bans on religious gatherings and meetings of more than 10 people.

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    02.06.2020
  • São Tomé and Príncipe

    International restrictions:

    Inbound and outbound commercial and charter passenger flights are suspended until further notice, Cargo flights continue operating normally. Nationals and non-national residents who return to the country are subject to mandatory home quarantine accompanied by health agents and police forces upon arrival. The docking of cruise ships at the country’s ports is also suspended. The suspension of all sea and air connections include movements between all the islands of Sao Tome and Principe – except for the health emergency services. All travellers will be checked upon arrival and authorities will quarantine any traveller presenting fever or similar infection symptoms.

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in place until 31 May. Air and sea traffic suspension applies to movements in between all islands of Sao Tome and Principe (see above). All visits to patients admitted to hospitals, health centres, nursing homes and penitentiary are suspended. Commercial activities (stores and supermarkets) are open from 08.30 until 17.00. Municipal and district markets remain open only until 16.00. Trading on the pavements is prohibited. Restaurants, bars, cafes etc are closed; home delivery services are still in operation. Public transport, including taxis, continue to operate but with a limited capacity (half of its legal capacity). Gatherings with more than ten people are prohibited.

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    21.05.2020
  • Source OSAC Travel Advisories/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    Sao Tomé and Principe Government/
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