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Sao Tome and Principe

Risk Ratings  

    EXTREME MEDICAL RISK for Sao Tome and Principe
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Sao Tome and Principe

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Low -

Inbound travel is broadly possible with some inconvenience; restrictions affect a limited range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a limited range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country.  Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Very Low -

Health and security constraints to business operations are broadly similar to pre-COVID-19.

The medical systems are at similar operating levels to pre-COVID-19, and the authorities are able to respond to medical and security threats as before. BCP should include response for potential COVID-19 disruption as standard within existing operational planning and clear escalatory indicators.

RestrictionsInboundThe country's air borders are open to inbound flights. All passengers are required to present a PCR test 72 hours before departure.
From Portugal: STP Airways is resuming weekly flights to/from Lisbon. Flights to/from Portugal and Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) member states have resumed with strict health measures.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticA state of emergency is in place
(Ends 30 June 2021)
A curfew is in place from 17.00 to 05.00. Commercial establishments, restaurants, bars and bakeries, are open until 17.00. Only pharmacies and fuel pumps will operate on normal hours. Public services (besides those deemed essential) may operate until 13.00. Public gatherings up to 150 people are allowed. Going to the beach is banned. Fines are imposed for rule-breaking.
(Ends 30 June 2021)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for São Tomé and Príncipe

COVID-19 information for São Tomé and Príncipe

Dedicated COVID-19 website


Travellers face few obvious risks. Violent crime is extremely rare and petty crime, such as pickpocketing, is the only security issue expatriates or foreign visitors are likely to encounter. The risk of political violence is low, with previous instability having given way to a strengthening of the country's democratic credentials. Poor infrastructure can be an inconvenience; road quality deteriorates in the south, the interior and on the island of Príncipe. The capital São Tomé has electricity most of the time, but conditions are poor in rural areas.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For Sao Tome and Principe
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for health care workers and anyone
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Yellow feverSao Tome and Principe has a low risk of yellow
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Routine Vaccinations

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