There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Gabon. However, you should exercise a high degree of caution due to crime in some parts of the country.
The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.
Exercise a high degree of caution and register with the Consulate of Canada in Libreville.
Maintain a high level of security awareness at all times and avoid public gatherings and street demonstrations.
Petty crime, such as pickpocketing, purse snatching and vehicle break-ins, has increased, particularly in markets, transportation hubs and areas frequented by tourists. Do not show signs of affluence. Resisting a robbery can lead to further violence.
Violent crime occurs, including business and residential robberies and armed attacks, particularly in Libreville and Port-Gentil. Remain alert to your surroundings and avoid walking alone after dark, even in places visited by tourists. You should also avoid walking alone on beaches.
Cases of attempted fraud are frequently reported in this country. See our Overseas Fraud page for more information on scams abroad.
Road conditions are poor and road signs are often insufficient. The use of a four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended. Keep vehicle doors locked and windows closed. In the event of a traffic accident, proceed to the nearest police station. Towing and repair services are not widely available outside Libreville. There are frequent police roadblocks. Cooperate with local authorities and avoid travelling after dark.
You can use public transportation such as the train or the bus. The Transgabonese railroad offers a passenger train service that runs from Libreville to Franceville and makes stops in Ndjole, Booué and Lastoursville. When taking taxis in the cities, negotiate the price before getting in the cab. Most taxi drivers automatically double their fares after 9 pm.
No reliable information about Gabon Airlines' safety standards is available. Consult our Transportation FAQ in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.
General safety information
Ensure that personal belongings, passport, and other travel documents are secure at all times.
Tourist facilities are limited outside the capital. Ecotourism is generally safe; however, you should make arrangements only with reputable companies and not venture from your organized tour group.
In case of an emergency, dial 177 for the police.
Pirate attacks occur in coastal waters and, in some cases, farther out at sea. Mariners should take appropriate precautions. For additional information, consult the Live Piracy Report published by the International Maritime Bureau.
It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry requirements. The following information on entry and exit requirements has been obtained from the Gabonese authorities. However, these requirements are subject to change at any time. It is your responsibility to check with the Embassy of the Gabonese Republic and its consulates for up-to-date information.
Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.
A valid Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit Gabon. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected departure from the country.
Canadians must be in possession of a visa to visit Gabon.
Tourist/Family Visits visa: Required Business visa: Required Transit visa: Required
Although same-sex marriages are legal in Canada, many countries or regions do not recognize them. Attempting to enter as a same-sex married couple may result in refusal by local officials. For more information, contact the foreign government office accredited to Canada.
Children and travel
Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. Please consult our Children page for more information.
Medical facilities are adequate in major cities but are very rudimentary elsewhere in the country. Upfront payment is generally required. Carry sufficient medical supplies and prescription medicine for your needs. Medical evacuation may be necessary in the event of an accident or serious illness.
The currency is the African Financial Community CFA franc (or XAF bank code). Exchange rates are those quoted by the BEAC (Banques des États d’Afrique Centrale). Euros and American dollars are largely accepted, but high exchange charges may apply. Credit cards are accepted only in large hotels and restaurants, but traveller’s cheques in Euros and U.S. dollars may be cashed at local banks. If possible, use cash for all transactions. Local banks often ask for the original purchase receipt for traveller’s cheques.
Several fraud cases involving the use of a credit card have been reported in Gabon. Credit card holders should be cautious when making a payment with their credit card and monitor their transaction statements regularly. Banking frauds have also been reported. Ensure that you protect your personal identification and banking information at all times, and get informed on the security measures taken by your financial institution.
Natural Disasters & Climate
The rainy seasons extend from October to mid-December and mid-February to May. Some roads may be impassable during these periods. Monitor local weather reports and plan accordingly.
Register your travel plans
Libreville - Consulate of Canada
Quartier Batterie IV, Pont de Gué-Gué, 1st street behind the European Union, Libreville, Gabon
(241) 01 44 29 65
Emailconhongab@gmail.comServicesMay provide limited passport assistance
For emergency assistance after hours, call the High Commission of Canada in Yaoundé, Cameroon and follow the instructions. You may also make a collect call to the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at 613-996-8885.