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Learn More: eVisa on Arrival

NOTE: Since February 11, 2023, a vaccination certificate is no longer required to enter Sao Tome & Principe.

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE IS OPEN- Sao Tome and Principe re-opened for tourism in July 2020.

Since 2012 visitors to Sao Tome and Principe may also apply online for an e-Visa on Arrival using eVisaST website. An e-Visa can be obtained easily anywhere with an internet connection and it grants the same right to enter Sao Tome and Principe territory as ordinary sticker-visa in the passport. The response has been overwhelming and many travelers have already used this service.

Sao Tome is officially called Sao Tome and Principe, and it is a small island nation off the coast of Central Africa. Its economy relies on cacao production, but this has declined due to drought and mismanagement. However, if you are looking to keep yourself busy, you can visit some of its attractions. On the one hand, its lush rain forests are spectacular, and the way old plantations recovered is beautiful. Furthermore, the Obo National Park is a true tropical paradise. At the same time, let's not forget that Sao Tome is surrounded by water, which means that there are pristine beaches and crystal clear waters everywhere. Therefore, it is perfect for diving.

Travelers visiting Sao Tome and Principe are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before departure. Unvaccinated travelers must present an antigen test taken within 48 hours or PCR test taken within 72 hours.

Required Documents to Apply

  • Passport scan
  • Proof of Accommodation
  • Airline confirmation
  • Return Ticket

Important Instructions

  • The validity of your visa and maximum length of stay is 30 days Per Entry.

  • Your travel document has to be valid passport for a minimum of one year.

  • It is highly recommended that visa applications be lodged at least 5 business days before your trip.

  • You need to show the Visa Approval letter TWICE: To the airlines in your country when you check in and to the Immigration officer at the Sao Tome airport upon arrival to get the visa stamped onto your passport. You are then required to fill out the entry and exit form, and pay the visa stamping fee to directly the Immigration officer.


If you cannot complete your São Tomé and Príncipe eVisa application due to an error, please contact our customer service team immediately. Our visa experts are available 24/7 and will gladly help resolve the issue as soon as possible.
Although rare, it is possible to get a refusal from the São Tomé and Príncipe eVisa application.
No, however, we advise checking with your airline to be safe. It may be the case that you require a separate transit visa.

If you do not require a visa to enter São Tomé and Príncipe, you still need to meet specific requirements to enter the country:

  • The purpose of your trip to São Tomé and Príncipe must be plausible and comprehensible.

  • Your passport must be valid for at least one year beyond your arrival in São Tomé and Príncipe.

  • You must be able to financially support your living and travel costs.

  • You must hold a confirmed return flight to prove that you are prepared to leave São Tomé and Príncipe.

  • You must not pose a threat to security or public order.

You must meet these requirements to avoid issues when entering the country.

You must have a passport with a validity of more than one year beyond your travel date to São Tomé and Príncipe.

You will need to send your actual passport to São Tomé and Príncipe, as the visa is stamped into your passport and will become one of your passport pages.

Your visa application can only be processed with your original passport. Because of your passport's importance, we suggest you send your application by a secure method, such as a guaranteed postal service or courier.

Yes. If you meet all requirements, iVisa offers Super Rush processing, which takes five days. Since the São Tomé and Príncipe immigration officers are very efficient, it is possible to receive your eVisa on time.
At iVisa, we understand that your time is valuable, and we strive to provide you with the fastest service possible. Our processing times are estimated based on the average duration it takes governments to process visa applications. These estimated times begin from the moment we receive all the correct information for your application until you receive your visa. While we work diligently to expedite the process, it’s important to note that we are reliant on the processing times set by the government authorities.

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