Visa and entry requirements Sao Tome and Principe:
Passport required
German citizens with a valid passport do not need a visa for entry and stay of up to 15 days as well as transit.

Information from the Federal Foreign Office about their Sao Tome and Principe trip:

Sao Tome and Príncipe is an island nation off the west coast of Africa with about 220.000 inhabitants. The two islands belonging to the state are located in the Gulf of Guinea around 200 kilometers off the coast of Cameroon.

Sao Tome and Príncipe is the second-smallest state on the African continent and is almost two kilometers away, almost at the equator. The official language is Portuguese and the national currency is the Dobra, where 1, - Euro is 24, - STN.

The larger of the two islands is Sao Tome with an extension of about 50 times 30 kilometers. On the very mountainous, up to 2.000 meters high main island Sao Tome, live almost 95% of all inhabitants of the state.

The smaller of the two islands is Príncipe with an extent of only 16 kilometers in length and 6 kilometers in width.

The island's largest cities include Sao Tome, Neves, Trindade, Santana and Guadalupe.

Off the coast of Sao Tome and Príncipe there are a variety of marine life and bird species. There are blue whales, humpback whales, killer whales, bryde whales, bottlenose dolphins, some dolphin species and gray parrots. There are also snakes, frogs and chameleons in the country.

The economy of Sao Tome and Príncipe is relatively underdeveloped. The state lives mainly from tourism and the export of cocoa, bananas and copra. Other agricultural products such as cinnamon, coconuts, pepper, beans and vanilla are mainly grown for their own use. Significant reserves of oil have been found under and around the island state, but they have not yet been mined profitably.

The capital of the same name and the largest city of the island state is Sao Tome with around 80.000 inhabitants. The most important sights of the former Portuguese port city include the Cathedral of Sao Tome, the Presidential Palace, the Fort De Sao Sebastiao with the National Museum, the Tamarind Beach, Marco de Equator - the viewpoint on the equator line, the Pico Cao Grande, the Cascata waterfall de Sao Nicolau, Praia Jale, the Obo National Park, the Central Market and Pico Sao Tome.

During my big Central African trip In August, 2017, I visited the island of Sao Tome for three days. With the Gabonese airline Afrijet it went from Libreville, the capital of Gabon, directly to the island. However, the aircraft surprisingly did not start from the newly built Libreville airport, but from a very small departure hall about a kilometer away. Of course, as is customary in Africa, there was no information at the main airport. Only by a stupid coincidence, I met someone with the same destination at the big airport and we reached the other small terminal after a long march just in time.

Unlike most West African countries, Sao Tome is very touristy and equipped with many small beautiful hotels. However, Sao Tome, like almost every other African island, also has a huge garbage problem, which was particularly visible along the main roads and on various stretches of beach.

In the center of the capital was a huge market during the day and it was very exciting to watch a while. Otherwise, I could stroll around quite comfortably through the city and get to know many nice people. An absolute must was a visit to the fort with the associated National Museum to learn everything important about the history of the country.

Since the beaches Sao Tomes are not one of the most beautiful in the big travel world, a longer vacation could be a bit boring. However, the island offers an impressive landscape and therefore invites you for various tours.

My two evenings I have on the comfortable terrace of my cozy hotel, with an excellent home-style kitchen.

Then it went for me with the Angolan airline TAAG on to Luanda in Angola.