Travel advice for Gabon.

Here you will find important tips and useful information for Gabon.

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Travel money:

Prepaid Travel credit card

in Swiss francs (CHF)

  • For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online

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Banknotes

in local currency

  • For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination

Local currency / ISO Code

Equatorial CFA franc XAF

Currency exchange rate

XAF 100 = ~ CHF 0.21 ; CHF 1 = ~ XAF 476.19 (07/2020)

Further Information

Credit cards

 

  • Credit cards are rarely accepted. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.

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Time difference with Switzerland

+/- 0 h; - 1 h during our summer time

National language

Official language

French

Capital

Libreville

Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

220 volt / adapter required for 3-pronged plug

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 3 months after expiration of visa, visa, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Libreville, Immeuble Hollando, Boulevard du bord du mer, Entrée portique arrière, 2ème étage
Tel. +241 76 53 54 / +241 72 31 59

Opening hours

Banks

7.45 - 11.45 h and 14.45 - 18.15 h (Mon - Fri)

Stores

8.00 - 12.00 h and 15.00 - 19.00 h (Mon - Sat)

Driving
  • International driver's license required.

  • Minimum age for car rentals: 21 (varies by rental company).

Health situation
  • Do not drink tap water.

  • Mosquito protection advised.

  • Year-round risk of malaria throughout the country.

  • Vaccination against yellow fever mandatory.

  • Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

Security

  • Travelers who wish to travel to this country are advised to inquire about current traveler safety prior to departure.

  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.

  • Si consiglia di rispettare le abituali misure precauzionali contro la microcriminalità.

  • Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.

Special legal regulations

  • Photographing persons wearing an uniform, military installations and public buildings (airports, bridges etc.) is prohibited.

  • Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.

Cultural characteristics

Please observe local customs for dress code and conduct.

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Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.

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