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.
OBTAIN THE SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE E-VISA ON ARRIVAL
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
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.
My application couldn’t be completed due to an error. What now?
Can I get a refusal for my eVisa application?
Do I need an eVisa if I’m only transiting through São Tomé and Príncipe?
I am from a country whose citizens do not need a visa to enter São Tomé and Príncipe. Can I experience any problems at the border while entering the country?
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.
How long must my passport be valid for when applying for the São Tomé and Príncipe eVisa?
Do I have to send my passport to get a São Tomé and Príncipe visa? Is it safe to send a passport?
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.
My entry date is less than five days. Can I still apply?
How do processing times work?
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