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Gabon

Gabon: At a glance

Capital: Libreville

Population: 2.025 million

Official language: French

Time zone: West Africa Standard Time

Emergency #: 1300

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Gabon: Travel Health Information

Gabon is known for its natural landscapes including a vast area of national parkland, dense rainforests, open savannah, and seaside beaches.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Gabon may differ from your home country. Gabon has a public healthcare system and a few private options. Hospitals are only found in major cities like Libreville, Port Gentil, and Franceville. Rural areas are serviced by smaller medical centres providing basic care. These centres often experience shortages of essential medicines and supplies, and may be using out-of-date equipment. Overall, the quality of care in Gabon is considered the best in West Africa, but the quality of care is still limited and varies by region.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Gabon typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to South Africa may be required for medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Gabon.

Pharmacies and medications

Pharmacies and access to prescription medications may be limited in Gabon. Make sure to pack a sufficient supply of essential medication for the duration of your trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Gabon’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in Gabon may be poorly maintained. In the rainy season unpaved roads may become unusable and paved roads may become slippery. Drivers of vehicles must wear seat belts at all times. Helmets must be worn by motorcycle passengers at all times.



Gabon: At a glance

Capital: Libreville

Population: 2.025 million

Official language: French

Time zone: West Africa Standard Time

Emergency #: 1300

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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