Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US State Department currently recommends US citizens exercise increased caution in Gabon due to civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk.

Passport/Visa Requirements

For the latest passport and visa requirements for this country, please consult the U.S. State Department’s “Learn About Your Destination” search tool, available through the link below.

US Embassy/Consulate

[241] 01-45-71-00; US Embassy in Libreville, Sablière B.P. 4000, Libreville, Gabon;;

LGBTQIA+ Travelers

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

Ambulance: 1300-1399; Fire: 18; Police: 1730


The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Gabon: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia. influenza, COVID-19.


Tropical; always hot, humid

Currency (Code)

Cooperation Financiere en Afrique Central francs (Central African CFA franc, XAF)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

220 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): C, E

Plug Type CPlug Type E

Major Languages

French, Fang, Myene, Nzebi, Bapounou/Eschira, Bandjabi

Major Religions

Roman Catholic, Protestant, other Christian, Muslim, animist

Time Difference

UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Potable Water

Opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Libreville; Loango National Park; Fernan Vaz Lagoon; Ivindo National Park (includes Kongou Falls)

Major Sports

Soccer, basketball

Cultural Practices

Personal space is not considered necessary in Gabon, where it is common for conversations to occur at very close distances.

Tipping Guidelines

Tips are not expected in hotels and restaurants, except at upscale locales frequented by foreigners. Tip drivers and guides 10%.


Stone carvings, ceremonial masks, pottery, drums, precious and semi-precious gemstones; beaded or brass, copper, or silver pendant necklaces

Traditional Cuisine

Poulet Nyembwe — chicken in palm butter sauce

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Tuesday, June 04, 2024