Foreign travel advice


Important COVID-19 Travel

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.

Check the rules that apply to you in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you intend to travel to the UK from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival.

Before you return to the UK you must provide your journey and contact details. You must self-isolate when you enter the UK from any foreign country except Ireland, unless you have a valid exemption.

When you enter England from abroad (except Ireland), you must follow the new requirements for quarantining and taking additional COVID-19 tests. For those travelling from a country on the banned travel list you will be required to quarantine in a hotel. Different rules apply for arrivals into England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you are legally permitted to travel abroad, check our advice on your country of destination. Some other countries have closed borders, and may further restrict movement or bring in new rules including testing requirements with little warning.


The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the whole of Gabon based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Travel to Gabon is subject to entry restrictions

  • Flight restrictions have eased to allow three international flights per airline, per week. Land and sea borders are closed
  • All Gabon diplomatic missions abroad are prohibited from issuing entry visas to Gabon, without special authorisation
  • UK nationals must receive authorisation from the Gabonese Ministry of Foreign Affairs before travelling to Gabon. Authorisation can be obtained by sending an e-mail addressed to the ‘Minister’ or ‘Secretary General’ at the following e-mail address:
  • All passengers travelling to Gabon must present a valid negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test no older than 3 days for entry into Gabon.
  • On arrival, all passengers must take a compulsory Coronavirus (COVID-19) test at the airport.
  • Passengers are required to self-isolate for 48 hours whilst the COVID-19 test is being processed.
  • If the COVID-19 test is negative, passengers will be issued with a test certificate valid for 14 days, which can be renewed after another test is undertaken.
  • If the COVID-19 test is positive, passengers are required to continue self-isolation and await specific instructions by Gabonese health authorities. All COVID-19 tests taken in Gabon supersede any that were taken before arrival in Gabon.

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to Gabon, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

The Gabonese Government has extended the state of health emergency indefinitely.

Political stability in Gabon remains uncertain ever since the result of the 2016 presidential election, with violent clashes occurring between demonstrators and security forces at that time. Protests are less common now but happen on occasion and may quickly turn violent without warning. You should avoid all demonstrations and rallies and remain vigilant during periods of unrest. See Political situation.

During periods of unrest, police checks may increase. Make sure you have all required documentation with you and avoid large gatherings.

Consular support may be limited in Gabon. However, the British High Commission in Yaoundé, Cameroon or Honorary Consul in Libreville can provide consular support to British nationals. See Consular assistance

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Gabon, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

UK health authorities have classified Gabon as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.