São Tome and Principe
Welcome to São Tome and Principe
There’s a reason visitors to São Tome proclaim that they’ve seen heaven on Earth. With its staggering display of unspoiled nature, from deep jungles to fantastic beaches, this two-island nation certainly conjures up images of Eden. Hike, dive, snorkel and trek. Tour coffee and cocoa plantations. Learn about the islands’ culture through public theater and colorful festivals.
Known as the “African Galapagos,” the islands are home to an amazing number of unique plants and species that evolved here over millions of years. Come enjoy nature at its most pristine.
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Need To Know
- São Tome and Principe are actually not within mainland Africa. They are volcanic islands off the coast of West Africa.
- Cocoa beans have always been an important crop in São Tome and Principe, so much so that their nickname is the “Chocolate Islands.”
- The world’s smallest ibis (a wading bird) and the world’s biggest sunbird (a nectar-feeding songbird) both reside on the islands.
- São Tome (Saint Thomas in Portuguese) is one of Africa’s oldest colonial cities, dating back to the 15th century.
- The islands have been independent since 1975 but were a Portuguese colony prior to that.
Sao Tome and Principe’s official language is Portuguese.
When To Go
The best times to go to São Tome and Principe are May and October. The rainy season is from October to May.
São Tomé International Airport
Passport must be valid for six months beyond arrival date.
Visa Required By US Citizen?
Yes for stays of over 15 days
The CDC recommends the following vaccine for all travelers when visiting São Tome and Principe: Measles and routine vaccinations. Most travelers should receive Hepatitis A, Malaria and Typhoid vaccines. Depending on where you are traveling, you may also need Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever and Rabies vaccines.
Power plugs and sockets: types C and F. Standard voltage: 220V. Frequency: 50Hz.
Official local currency: Dobra
Be aware that while the streets of São Tome and other major roadways are paved, there are large potholes. Secondary roads are unpaved and may share the roadway with animals and pedestrians. On Principe, there are only a few miles of paved roads.
Taxi service is available. Ask your hotel to call one for you.
An international driving permit is required.
US Embassy Info
U.S. Embassy Libreville
Telephone: +(241) 01-45-71-00
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(241) 07-38-01-71
Fax: +(241) 01-45-71-05
Local Visitor Info
Local Emergency Phone Numbers
General Emergency: 177
Safety and Security
The crime rate is moderate in São Tome and Principe. Pickpocketing occurs in the markets, on the street and near hotels.
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