*Entry to Gabon: Flight restrictions have eased to allow two flights per airline, per week. Land and sea borders are closed. UK nationals must receive authorisation from the Gabonese Ministry of Foreign Affairs before travelling to Gabon. Authorisation can be obtained by sending an e-mail addressed to the ‘Minister’ or ‘Secretary General’ at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All passengers travelling to Gabon must present a valid negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test no older than 3 days for entry into Gabon. On arrival, all passengers must take a compulsory test for COVID-19 at Libreville Airport. Passengers are then required to self-isolate for 48 hours whilst the COVID-19 test is being processed. If the COVID-19 test is negative, passengers will be issued a test certificate, which is valid for 7 days and can be renewed at the end of this period after another test is undertaken.
If a COVID-19 test taken at the airport is positive, then passengers are required to continue self-isolation and await specific instructions from Gabonese health authorities. All COVID-19 tests taken in Gabon supersede any that were taken before arrival in Gabon.
*Travel in Gabon: The Gabonese government has extended the state of health emergency indefinitely. Domestic flight restrictions have eased to allow two flights per airline per week. PCR tests no older than 7 days are required for residents of Gabon who wish to travel within the country. Markets have reopened as normal.
The Grand (Greater) Libreville area comprising of the three municipalities of Libreville, Owendo, Akanda and Ntoum is in confinement or lockdown. Travel in and out of the Grand Libreville area is prohibited. However, travel within Grand Libreville is permitted.
There is a daily curfew from 6pm to 5am. From 26 October, people holding a Laissez-Passer (a pass issued to people carrying out essential services during curfew hours) will have to renew this via a new internet platform email@example.com.
You must wear a mask in public areas. Taxis are only permitted to carry up to three passengers.
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.
*Accommodation: Hotels have reopened.
*Public places and services: Markets have reopened as normal. Restaurants with a terrace have reopened. A valid negative COVID-19 tests is compulsory for access to a restaurant. Standard tests are now free of charge, but results are released after 3-5 days. There is a VIP faster option for CFA 20 000, with results available within 24 hours.
Gatherings of more than 30 people are banned, however, parliament and educational institutions are exempt from this limit.
All place of worship can only open one day a week. Places of worship with a maximum of 30 people have to observe the ‘sanitary protocol’ which includes compulsory wearing of masks, hand sanitisation, and social distancing. Schools will close at 3pm each day to comply with general curfew. Hospital visits are forbidden without authorisation from medical authorities.
Bars, beaches remain closed. Access to restaurants and places of worship is subject to presentation of negative PCR test. Wearing of masks in public is compulsory from the age of 5 years old.