Foreign travel advice

São Tomé and Principe

Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel

It is illegal to travel abroad from the UK for holidays. Follow current COVID-19 rules where you live: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In England, you must have a permitted reason to travel abroad and complete the declaration form.

Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new social distancing rules with little warning. Check our advice for each country you will visit or transit through.

When you return, follow the rules to enter the UK from abroad (except from Ireland).


The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the whole of São Tomé and Principe based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Travel to São Tomé and Principe is subject to entry restrictions

  • All air passengers arriving in São Tomé and Principe are required to have proof of a negative coronavirus PCR test taken in the 72 hours prior to their arrival.

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:

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 São Tomé and Principe, 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.

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.

Consular support is limited in São Tomé and Príncipe as there is no British Embassy. The Honorary Consul/Consular Agent in São Tomé and Príncipe can offer limited consular assistance. Contact the British Embassy in Luanda, Angola who can provide consular support.

Most visits to São Tomé and Príncipe are trouble-free.

Crime rates are generally low, but armed robberies do occur. See Crime

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