Visa and entry requirements Gabon:
German nationals require a visa to enter Gabon, which can be obtained from the Gabonese diplomatic missions abroad e-Visa, or for the duration of max. 90 days since October 2017 can also be applied for when entering the airport / border crossing.
Visa cost: 80, - Euro
Information from the Foreign Office on her Gabon trip:
Gabon is a state in central Africa on the western Atlantic coast with about two million inhabitants. It borders the Republic of Congo to the south and east, Equatorial Guinea to the northwest, Cameroon to the north and the Gulf of Guinea to the west. The equator runs through Gabon, and due to its huge oil reserves, it is one of the wealthiest countries in Africa.
About 66% of the country's inhabitants are committed to the Christian faith.
Gabon is one of the most sparsely populated states on the African continent, with half of its population living in the three largest cities, Libreville, Port-Gentil and Franceville. Other major cities are Owendo, Oyem, Moanda, Ntoum, Lambarene, Mouila and Akanda. The official language of the country is French and the official currency is the CFA franc BEAC, where 1, - Euro corresponds to 655, - XAF.
Gabon is one of Africa's most resource-rich countries, yet about 81% of its population lives below the poverty line. The rich natural resources include petroleum, manganese, uranium, iron ore and gold. The country's main exports include crude oil and petroleum products, which account for some 85% of export revenues, as well as wood and manganese. By contrast, the previous large uranium deposits are almost exhausted. In addition, Gabon is one of the largest tropical timber exporting countries in Africa, as about two-thirds of the country's surface is covered by tropical rainforest. For the precious wood Okoume the country has the world monopoly. In addition, some agricultural products are exported, such as coffee, cocoa, rubber, palm oil and sugar.
The capital of Gabon is Libreville with about 760.000 inhabitants. It is the largest city in the country and at the same time the economic and cultural center of Gabon. Libreilles main attractions include the wooden church of St. Michel, the Cathedral of St. Marie, the National Museum of Art and History, the French Cultural Center, the mausoleum of the first president Leon Mba, the Presidential Palace, the large market Marche du Mont-Bouet, the National Stadium, Saint Pierre Cathedral, Notre-Dame de Lourdes, Government House, Hassan II Mosque, Pointe-Denis Beach, Croisette Casino and Akanda National Park.
In August 2017, I visited Libreville and Gabon for two days during my trip to Central Africa. I was very surprised from the beginning about the order and cleanliness in the city. Libreville is in some places very modern and you never have the feeling to be in Africa.
There are only a few highlights to see in Libreville, but it's still fun to walk up and down the boulevard on the water. On the day of my arrival, I experienced the national holiday up close, all the people were up and gathered at the Independence Boulevard in the usual national costumes.
Libreville makes a really good impression and is completely different from the typical West Africa. Actually, I thought before that a relaxed walking around in a West African country is impossible. My hotel was upscale and the city's new airport is one of the most modern on the continent. For me, the next day I went to Sao Tome.