São Tomé e Príncipe Passport Visa | The little-known islands of São Tomé e Príncipe provide unspoiled beauty and isolation from the world, in a way that’s now rarely found anywhere else
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The islands lie on an alignment of once-active volcanoes, with rugged landscapes, dense forests and palm-fringed beaches, situated 250km (155 miles) off the coast of West Africa.
In São Tomé e Príncipe, exotic birds inhabit tropical jungles on what is one of Africa’s smallest countries. The picturesque town of São Tomé lies exactly on the equator, with a smattering of colonial Portuguese architecture and attractive national parks. The history of the islands, meanwhile, is dominated by the slave trade and slave-worked plantations.
The main appeal of São Tomé is perhaps its unrivalled peace and quiet. Little more than a couple of specks adrift off the coast of Gabon, the pair of volcanic islands are laid-back to say the least. The compelling Portuguese-Creole culture here revolves around leve leve, which roughly means ‘take it easy’. Within a few hours of landing, the thought of rushing anywhere will seem like a distant memory.
If you can muster the energy to do much beyond laying on the pristine beaches edged by swaying palm trees, you’ll find the slopes of the volcanic peaks worthy of climbing for their dramatic vistas, as well as scintillating tracks through the otherworldly rainforest. There are multiple species of birds to be spotted, as well as endemic plants, and the exhilarating possibility to go whale watching. Aside from whales, turtles abound in the waters surrounding the islands.
A good wander will bring you to both timeless fishing villages and historic buildings from the colonial era. Of these, roças, or plantations, are the most iconic man-made sights.
The locals are keen to preserve the islands’ natural wonders, and so the still burgeoning tourism industry is largely subservient to the ecological priorities of the inhabitants. None of your faceless resorts here. Expect family-run guesthouses and lodges perched on the edge of the jungle.
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São Tomé e Príncipe Visa and Passport Requirements
To enter São Tomé e Príncipe, a passport valid for the duration of stay is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.
Visas for São Tomé e Príncipe are not required by all nationals referred to in the chart above for stays of up to 15 days except:
• Nationals of Australia, who do require a visa (unless they hold a valid American or Schengen visa and a passport with at least three months’ validity).
Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact their nearest embassy to check visa requirements for São Tomé e Príncipe.
EU, Canadian and US nationals staying longer than 15 days must obtain a visa in advance.
Types and Cost
Single-entry tourist visa: €20; multiple-entry business visa: €60.
Tourist visa: 30 days within 120 days of issue; business visa: multiple entries within six months.
Consulate (or consular section at embassy). EU residents requiring a visa should apply to the embassy in Brussels (email@example.com). You can also apply for a visa online (www.smf.st/virtualvisa).
Allow two days for visa processing.
You should be able to show sufficient funds (€100 per day) on arrival.
Embassies and tourist offices
Embassy of the Democratic Republic of São Tomé e Príncipe in the USA
Address: , 7th Floor, 400 Park Avenue, New York, 10022,
Embassy of the Democratic Republic of São Tomé e Príncipe in Belgium
Telephone: 2 734 8966.
Address: , Square Montgommery, 175 avenue de Tervuren, Brussels, 1150,
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São Tomé e Príncipe Health Care and Vaccinations
The island has very basic medical facilities, with one hospital. It is important to carry a basic first aid kit. Health insurance is essential.
Food and Drink
All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised. Milk is unpasteurised and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised. Avoid dairy products which are likely to have been made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.
Avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water; swimming pools which are well chlorinated and maintained are safe. Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended.
São Tomé e Príncipe Public Holidays
Below are listed Public Holidays in São Tomé e Príncipe
New Year’s Day
Armed Forces Day
Agricultural Reform Day
All Saint’s Day
Argel Accord Day
Ṣo Tom̩ Day
Money and duty free for São Tomé e Príncipe
Currency and Money
Dobra (STD; symbol Db) = 100 cêntimos. Notes are in denominations of Db50,000, 20,000, 10,000 and 5,000. Coins are in denominations of Db20, 10, 5, 2 and 1.
Some hotels accept Visa and MasterCard. There are no ATMs in the country.
There are no ATMs in the country.
Limited acceptance by banks and hotels. To avoid additional exchange rate charges travellers are advised to take traveller’s cheques in US Dollars or Euros.
There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency.
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and some hotels.
São Tomé e Príncipe duty free
The following may be imported into São Tomé e Príncipe without incurring customs duty:
• Reasonable quantities of tobacco products and perfume (opened).
Prohibited goods include animals and animal products from countries where there is an epidemic, endangered species, absinthe, counterfeit and pirated goods, medicines (other than prescription drugs), food considered harmful to public health, pornography, and plants and plant products.
Restricted goods include pure alcohol, arms and ammunition, and food.
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