Gabon visa requirements for South Africans

Travel and visa requirements

Gabonese Visa is not required for South Africans

Stay Duration: 90 days

Entry Requirements

  • South Africans visiting Gabon for up to 90 days can do so by obtaining a visa on arrival or applying for an E-visa beforehand.
  • A single entry visa for 1 to 3 months costs 85 EUR while a 6 months visa with multiple entries cost 200 EUR. 
  • Visitor's passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Gabon.
  • Intending visitors are expected to have proof of yellow fever vaccination to be presented on arrival.
  • Intending visitors can get to Libreville, Gabon from any international airport in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Cape Town.
  • South African Airways, Kenya Airways, British Airways, are some of the carriers that fly from South Africa to Gabon.
  • The estimated flight time from Johannesburg to Libreville is 5 hours, 20 minutes, it is 14 hours, 15 minutes from Cape Town, and 16 hours, 15 minutes from Bloemfontein.
  • Euros and USDs are the easiest to convert to the local Central African Franc (CFA) in Gabon. Visitors can exchange their foreign currencies at banks and foreign exchange outlets in the country.
  • ATMs, though easy to find in most parts of Gabon, can be erratic, and credit/debit cards are only accepted in high-end business outlets.
  • Gabon’s climate is characterized by moist, hot weathers associated with tropical regions.
  • The dry seasons that run from May June, July, August and September have proved to be the best time to visit Gabon.
  • Gabon’s numerous natural and historical beauties put it out as a great place for tourists and visitors looking to experience the richness of nature and to discover new cultures.
  • Gabon uses the West Africa Standard Time (GMT+1) which makes South Africa one hour ahead of it.
  • Power sockets and plugs used in Gabon are of type C. The standard supply voltage is 220 V, with a standard frequency of 50 Hz.
  • Christianity (Roman Catholicism and Protestantism), Islam and other traditional faiths make up Gabon’s religious demography.
  • Getting around in Gabon is possible with public buses, taxis, car rentals, domestic flights, etc.
  • Gabon is home to an interesting, unique and fascinating culture and history. Visitors are expected to be courteous and conscious of existing rules and customs as they go about their tourism-related activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Gabon safe for travelers to visit?

Gabon is relatively safe for travelers to visit. 

Where is the eVisa valid for entry into Gabon?

The eVisa is only valid for entry into Gabon by air via Leon Mba International Airport in Libreville.

How long does it take to process the eVisa?

The processing time for the eVisa is 72 hours. 

What currency is used in Gabon?

The currency used in Gabon is the Central African CFA franc.

What is Gabon known for?

Gabon is known for some of the world's outstanding masks and statues.