A passport with more than six months of validity remaining, a visa, and proof of vaccination against yellow fever are required for entry into Gabon. For additional immunization information, visit the CDC’s Health Information for Travelers to Gabon.
There are a number of ways a visitor can obtain a visa to visit Gabon. The most reliable means of securing a visa for travel to Gabon is to apply prior to departure at the Embassy of the Gabonese Republic in Washington D.C. or the Consulate of the Gabonese Republic in New York. Please check their websites for visa requirements.
A visitor may also apply for a visa online via Gabon’s “E-Visa” program. Applications submitted online are processed by the Direction Générale à la Documentation et l’Immigration (DGDI), and the visa is issued at Libreville International Airport upon arrival. Access to the online application site can be spotty, however, and there have been reports of difficulty in paying the fee required on arrival, due to the lack of access to local funds or ATMs at the security check point in the airport. For additional information about the “E-Visa” program, visit the Immigration Gabon website.
U.S. citizens may now obtain a visa upon arrival at the airport. In October 2017, Gabon announced that citizens of G20 countries, including the United States, may obtain a single-entry visa at the Libreville International Airport upon arrival. Applicants must have more than six months of validity remaining on their passport and must pay a fee of 45,000 CFA or 70 euros. Although the program has launched, there have been reports of airlines refusing to issue a boarding pass for travel to Gabon when a traveler is unable to present a Gabonese visa prior to departure.
Short-term visitors to Gabon are permitted to stay up to 90 days. Visitors who wish to remain in the country for longer than 90 days must obtain a residence permit (carte de séjour). Residents with a carte de séjour must obtain an exit visa from the DGDI, before departing from Gabon. The application process for an exit visa can take days or weeks which may make emergency travel difficult.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Gabon.
Gabon may deny entry to people coming from Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) affected countries.