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About Gabon

Gabon is officially known as the Gabonese Republic. Gabon is situated in the western coastal area of the continent of Africa. The beautiful beaches, wildlife and hunting (which is made legal from December to September) bring in the tourists every year. Gabon is a sovereign state and has seen the reign of three presidents since its independence from France on August 17, 1960. Gabon has a multi-party system and a constitution which aims at a fare and transparent election process.


Currency :

Central African Franc (XAF)

Area :

270,000 square kilometers (100,000 square miles)

Population :

1,608,321

Language :

French, English, Fang, Mbere, Sira.

Calling Code (Isd /Std) :

241

Time Zone :

GMT/UTC + 1h


Territory & Capital

Gabon is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on its west, Equatorial Guinea on its northwest, Cameroon on the north and the Republic of the Congo on the south and east. Gabon is located between the latitudes 3 degrees N and 4 degrees S and longitudes 8 degrees and 15 degrees. Rainforests cover 85% of the country. The geography of Gabon can be divided into the following three regions:

  • The coastal plains
  • The mountains
  • The Savanna


The capital of Gabon is Libreville. It is the largest city of Gabon.

Temperature :

Gabon has the typical hot and moist climate of the tropical regions. January is the hottest month with the average temperatures reaching 31 degrees Celsius. The period of June to September is humid with minimum rainfall, whereas December and January witness occasional rainfall. The remaining months witness heavy rainfall.
 


Suitable Visiting Seasons :

There are two dry spells in the seasons of Gabon, one between May and September and the second in December and January. These two dry seasons are the best times to visit Gabon.
 


Transportation Facilities

The railways and the roadways are used for travelling from place to place in Gabon. The major traffic is handled by the roadways, while the railways are fast trying to map most of the places. Entry inside the Gabonese borders is available by Waterways, Airways, Railways and Roadways.


Tourist & Immigration Info

The Gabonese government allows the following types of visas:

  • Gabonese Transit Visa: is valid for 3 days or less and is used to travel through Gabon to another destination.
  • Student Visa: The holder can stay at an educational institution using this visa.
  • On-arrival Visa: Granted on arrival.
  • Temporary Worker Visa: used by the workers of an organization of Gabon.
  • Spousal Visa or Partner Visa: is granted to the spouse, de facto partner or civil partner of a Gabonese citizen.
  • Marriage Visa: is provided to a civil partner after a proven relationship with a Gabonese resident.

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