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Please be advised that the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Travel Advice is now available at Ireland.ie/travel. Travel Advice on this webpage is no longer being updated. To ensure you receive the latest Travel Advice for Gabon, please see Ireland.ie.


If you’re travelling to Gabon our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information. 

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Health
  • Additional information
  • Embassy Contact



Security Status

Do Not Travel

Latest Travel Alert

Following the announcement on 30 August of a military takeover in Gabon, Irish citizens are advised not to travel to the country. It has been announced that the external borders have been closed. Protests in Gabon can become confrontational and should be avoided with additional attention to personal safety required.

Citizens remaining in the country are advised to be vigilant, avoid unnecessary journeys, keep up to date with local developments, and avoid any demonstrations and large gatherings. Where possible, avoid travel outside secure locations over the coming period and ensure that you have sufficient supplies of the basic essentials such as food, water and fuel.

Irish citizens in Gabon should ensure that they have registered their presence with the Department of Foreign Affairs. Citizens in need of consular assistance should contact the Irish Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria on +234 803 665 0069.

General Travel Advice

There are no COVID-19 restrictions in place for travel to Gabon from Ireland. There is no requirement to present certificates of vaccination/testing for COVID-19 or to complete a Passenger Locator Form.

However, passengers may be asked to present a negative PCR test on departure and should consult their airline before travel.

Irish citizens should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities and keep up to date with information from their tour operator, transport or accommodation provider regarding the impact on any existing travel plans.

As there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in Gabon, we’re limited in the help we can offer in an emergency. The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

If there is an emergency, or if you need help and advice, you can contact our Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.


Safety and Security

Safety and security

You are advised to avoid public gatherings or areas where demonstrations are likely to take place. Protests may quickly turn violent without warning. You are advised to follow local media for information on the situation.

Practical advice

  • Get advice locally about areas of risk and security concerns
  • Take common-sense precautions about safety and security
  • Know who to contact in case of an emergency

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may been seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal.



Get travel and medical insurance

Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.


Check what vaccinations you may need for your trip at least eight weeks before you travel. We can’t advise you on vaccinations, but you can get information about vaccinations from your local GP or an International Health and Travel Centre.

Evidence of vaccination (in the form of a certificate) can be a requirement for entry to some countries.


Make sure you bring enough medication for your entire trip and for any unexpected delays. You may wish to also bring copies of your prescription in case you lose your medication.

Additional information

Entry requirements (visa/passport)


It’s advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you when travelling to Gabon and you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times during your stay.

If your passport is lost or stolen while you’re abroad, we can help.

What we can do:

  • Issue you a replacement passport that will let you finish your trip, or;
  • Issue you with an emergency travel document to get you home.

We’ll do our best to help you as quickly as possible but this can take some time. Your location and circumstances may limit the help we can give you. As Ireland does not have an Embassy or Consulate in Gabon there may be additional complications in processing and application for a new passport.

You should contact the nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate to find out what you need to do to apply for a passport. They will also be able to advise you on the fees which apply.

Our advice

Ireland doesn’t have an Embassy or Consulate in Gabon so we can’t verify detailed travel advice to ensure that it’s accurate, appropriate and up to date. However, we encourage you to conduct your own research and to read these links to travel advice from other foreign ministries:

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

Irish citizens in need of consular assistance should contact the Irish Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria on +234 803 665 0069.

Irish citizens who require urgent assistance while the Embassy is closed can contact the Duty Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs on +353 1 408 2000. The Duty Officer will refer the matter to the Embassy.

Embassy of Ireland
11 Negro Crescent
Maitama District

Tel: +234 803 665 0069
Fax: +234 9 413 1805

Monday to Thursday 09:00-16:00; Friday 09:00-12-00

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