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What you need to know before you leave

Travelling to Sao Tome and Principe  requires a fair amount of planning and we advise arranging as much as possible in advance. Visas, insurance, vaccinations, hotels, what to bring - you need answers to all these questions, and we are here to help. Let us help you put the pieces together and make your travel experience a pleasurable one.
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Visas, Passports and all that stuff..    

Passports, Visas and other documents required when traveling to Sao Tome and Principe

All persons entering Sao Tome and Principe must have one years valid passport and Visa. You have to apply for a visa before you came. Visas are issued at Sao Tome's overseas missions.

Visa Help Page

In some cases travelers reside in countries where there is no Sao Tome and Principe diplomatic representation or may require commute to such an office. In other cases, they may be unwilling to put their passport in the post or simply do not have time to go to the Embassy or Consulate. In these cases we can facilitate a Visa from Sao Tome which can be e-mailed to you. To find out more please see the visa applications page.
 
Hotel Reservations and Credit Card use    

Credit card use in Sao Tome


Credit card use in
Sao Tome is practically non-existent and transactions are done in cash. Should you wish to settle your hotel reservation bill before you arrive, we can help you do so by going to the featured hotels page.
 
Health and Travel Insurance    

Health Requirements

A vaccination certificate for yellow fever is required if traveling to and from certain areas. Passengers from europe countries do not require vacination certificate for yellow fever to enter the country. It is advisable to take anti-malaria tablets and consult your doctor or travel agent at least six weeks before travel, on what other precautions should be taken when traveling to tropical regions.

Health Facilities

There are several hospitals and clinics operated by the Government and the private sector which provide both therapeutic and private health care. The main hospitals in Sao Tome is:
Hospital Dr. Aires de Menezes

Travel Insurance

It is advisable for visitors to take a comprehensive travel insurance.
 
Local People and Customs    

Local people and Customs

Sao Tome and Principe people and customs reflect the mixing of the various groups that have migrated to the islands since 1485. These differences can be seen in the traditional music and performances of local cultural groups. Come listen to the Bulawe, a musical performance with drum instruments, or watch the Puita dance. See the tchiloli or Conco dance. The people of Sao Tome and Principe welcome visitors and are proud to show off their country.

Always ask permission before taking pictures of nationals. In most cases they will be happy to comply, especially if you promise to send them a copy of the picture!  But if you promise, be sure to follow through! 

 
Telephone and Electricity    

 

Telephone 

The Telephone code for Sao Tome and Principe is : 00239

In Sao Tome there is 1 mobilephone networks :

CST (GSM 900)

When you are in Sao Tome and Principe you can make use of these networks if your mobile phone is dual band or supports the GSM 900 standard to phone worldwide.
Phone cards to make cheap international cards are now available in Sao Tome.

 

Electricity

230 Volt
Following plug sockets are installed in our appartment :