Travel Advice for São Tomé and Principe
São Tomé and Principe
Capital: São Tomé

Time Zone GMT
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 239
IDD: International Direct Dialling is very limited
Outgoing Code: All international calls must go through the operator
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Not present.
Tourist
Information
Refer to the Consulate.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all. Return Ticket Required. Requirements may be subject to change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure
Visa
Information
Required by all, Transit visas are not required by those with tickets for onward journeys on the same day.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Exists throughout the year in the Falciparum variety. Resistance to chloroquine has been reported.
Yellow Fever: Vaccination is strongly recommended to all travellers. A certificate is required for travellers arriving from infected areas.
Other Health Risks: Bilharzia, Rabies.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency Dobra (Db) = 100 centimes.
Credit cards are not accepted, US$ traveller's cheques are preferred.
ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of
Living
Very inexpensive, without a tourist industry and unspoilt by external influences.
Languages Portuguese and native dialects are most widely spoken. French and English are also spoken.
Weather Dry Season - June to Sept and Dec to beginning of Feb. The South is wetter than the North.
Electricity 220 Volts AC.
Post Up to 2 weeks.
Transport FLIGHTS: There are 3 flights a week from São Tomé to Principe.
ROADS: Generally deteriorating therefore a 4 wheel drive is required to get around.
BUSES: A bus service is in operation.
TAXIS: operate.
Special
Information
Usual social courtesies should be shown. Portuguese influence is still dominant.