In recent months there have been strikes and demonstrations throughout Gabon. Over the weekend of 11 to12 April 2015 the Benin Embassy in Libreville was burnt down during a demonstration.

Funerals of the former chairperson of the Senate and of the former Secretary General of the main opposition party will take place during the week commencing 27 April. Demonstrations and crowds are likely particularly in Libreville and there is a potential for violence. Police checks will increase so make sure you have all required documentation with you. Follow local media and avoid large gatherings. Avoid large gatherings and keep in touch with the news.

Avoid unnecessary journeys during periods of unrest and stay away from areas where demonstrations are likely to take place. Protests may quickly turn violent without warning.

There is no British Embassy in Gabon. In an emergency, you should contact the British High Commission in Yaoundé, Cameroon. See Consular Assistance

Gabon has closed land, air and sea borders with countries affected by Ebola as a prevention measure against the spread of Ebola. Flights and ships travelling from or via Ebola affected countries are banned. Make sure your onward/return travel arrangements are flexible and take account of these travel restrictions.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

There have been attacks of armed robbery on commercial shipping in the Gulf of Guinea. See Sea travel

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.