Gabon

Last updated: 4/19/2017

Gabon is a beautiful country, blessed with beaches, pristine rain forests, as well as oil and other natural resources. It's a politically stable country (easy when you only have had one leader for most of your history). Gabon has set itself up as a unique eco-tourist destination, its forests are filled with gorillas, elephants and chimps. Around 10% of Gabon is designated as national park areas. We are working together in Bible translation with MAST.  It can be a wonderful country in which to serve.

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Visa:

  • We recommend that you use Travel Docs Travel Docs Visa information. They know all the ins and outs of dealing with the Embassy of Gabon.
  • Passport with at least six months remaining before expiration.
  • Attach two passport photos. If you plan an extended stay you may need more.
  • Vaccinations - copy of yellow fever World health card or a statement from the doctor.
  • Please provided a confirmation of your flights to and from the country from a travel agent. The itinerary must show the applicant's name, date of arrival and departure from the country, and flight information. The Embassy does not recommend purchasing your ticket prior to a visa being issued.
  • A letter must include date of applicant's arrival, length of stay and host's contact information including telephone number and full home address.
  • One blank visa page for stamp.
  • Travel with at least one 2x2 passport photo.


Local Contact:

  •  Your Wycliffe Associates Recruiter or Team Lead.


Medical:

  • Yellow Fever vaccination and yellow World Health Card are required. You must have this available for inspection on arrival in-country.
  • You are encouraged to visit CDC Information for Gabon for the most up to date health/travel info.
  • Anti-malaria medication is also strongly recommended.
  • Contact your health provider for other recommendations vaccinations.
  • Recommend that you carry medication for traveler’s diarrhea and some electrolyte powder to avoid dehydration.
  • If you have a weak stomach, it is good to bring Pepto Bismol tablets and take one before each meal.


Clothes:

  • For Men:

    • Casual western shirts and slacks. Shorts and tank tops not recommended. Whites not recommended due to dusty dry season. Good walking shoes and sun hat. You will see some people dressed in shorts, etc., in capitol but we do not recommend this since we must be examples.

  • For Women: 

    • National women in the capitol are becoming more western in dress but this is not considered a good idea in the communities we encounter. Women should wear modest dresses/skirts and blouses. There are wonderful fabrics available for sale and a national outfit can be custom made quickly. Most women wear head coverings to church (head wraps, hats, or scarves).

  • What is socially acceptable and expected footwear?

    • Nice shoes for church. Sandals or flats, or walking shoes. Please keep your shoes clean. Africans wash their shoes and are often shocked at the condition of many Expat’s shoes. There is a proverb, “as you dress so shall you be perceived."

  • Make sure to check the local weather before you travel! Anywhere in the world can be chilly! A light sweater will suffice and an umbrella for rainy season.


Things to Bring:

  • Bottled water is readily available and most apartments/guest houses where you will be staying will have filtered water available.
  • Bug Spray or wipes with Deet available in the camping department. Easy to transport.
  • A small flashlight, and small battery powered fan.
  • A small power strip (250v) is handy and electrical adapter is required.
  • Any over-the-counter remedies, your toiletries. Toothpaste, shampoo, etc. are readily available but expensive.
  • Snacks (protein bars, trail mix, candy bars, etc.), if you wish but cookies, chocolate, some chips, and especially peanuts are readily available.
  • Have a copy of your itinerary of your return flight (with your name on it) and a copy of your travel insurance paperwork easily accessible (especially when traveling).
  • It is always good to have a copy of your passport.
  • You need one week for processing with Travels Docs.

 

Things to Know:

  • Be prepared to do without water, electricity or internet on occasion.
  • There are few public restrooms so be prepared with tissues in your pocket.
  • Notify your bank that you will be in Gabon so that they won't block your card. Be very careful to cover your pin number when getting money.