SAFETY TIPS

SAFETY AND SECURITY

Demonstrations

Demonstrations occur. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can lead also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Expect an increased military presence
  • Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations
  • Limit your movements as much as possible
  • Contact your airline or travel agent before travelling to check your flight’s schedule and availability

More about mass gatherings (large-scale events)

CRIME

PETTY CRIME

Pickpocketing, theft and “smash and grab” robberies occur.

Vehicle break-ins are common, particularly in markets, transportation hubs and areas frequented by tourists.

  • Keep car doors locked, windows and your belongings out of sight
  • Ensure that your personal belongings, including passports and other travel documents, are secure at all times
  • Avoid showing signs of affluence and carrying large sums of cash.

VIOLENT CRIME

Crime is more common in Libreville and Port Gentil than in rural areas.

  • Although rare, violent crime occurs, including business and residential robberies and armed attacks
  • Be vigilant at all times, particularly in Libreville and Port Gentil
  • Avoid walking alone after dark, even in places visited by tourists
  • Avoid walking alone in isolated areas, including beaches, particularly at night

Resisting a robbery can lead to further violence.

FRAUD

Fraud involving the use of a credit card and ATMs occurs in Gabon. Be cautious when using debit or credit cards:

  • pay careful attention when your cards are being handled by others
  • use ATMs located in well-lit public areas or inside a bank or business
  • avoid using card readers with an irregular or unusual feature
  • cover the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN
  • check for any unauthorized transactions on your account statements

More about overseas fraud

ROAD SAFETY

Road conditions and road safety can vary greatly throughout the country.

Driving can be hazardous. Outside urban areas, road conditions are poor and there are very few road signs. Insufficient lighting and overloaded vehicles also pose hazards. If possible, use a four-wheel-drive vehicle, particularly outside urban areas.

In the event of a traffic accident, go to the nearest police station to avoid possible confrontations.

Cooperate with local authorities and avoid travelling after dark.

Towing and repair services are not widely available outside Libreville.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Public transportation such as trains or buses are available.

TAXIS

If you’re taking taxis in the cities, negotiate the price before getting in the cab. Taxi drivers may pick up more than one fare at a time. Drivers may charge more if they don’t pick up any other fares during your ride. Most taxi drivers automatically double their fares after 9 pm. Avoid taking taxis alone, particularly at night.

PIRACY

Pirate attacks and armed robbery against ships occur in coastal waters. Mariners should take appropriate precautions.

Live piracy report – International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre

AIR TRAVEL

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

General information about foreign domestic airlines