Destination Information for Sao Tome and Principe
This two-island nation off the coast of West Africa is the continent’s second-smallest country. First discovered in the 15th century by Portuguese explorers, Portuguese remains to this day the main language of the country. Known officially as the Democratic Republic of São Tomé & Príncipe, the reason why they have rugged landscapes and unspoilt beauty is because the islands are situated so close to now dormant volcanos.
Here you’ll find tranquillity and isolation that is unlike anywhere else in the world. With exotic birds, tropical jungles, breathtaking beaches, stunning waterfalls and 109 indigenous species of orchid, there’s so much to discover here for nature-loving adventurous spirits.
From hiking in the forests to diving and fishing in the beautifully clear waters surrounding the islands, this is an idyllic destination for anyone wanting to experience the laid-back side of African life. Head to the São Tomé market to discover wonderful local delicacies, most notably rum, coffee and chocolate – the country depends on its cocoa production for its economy to survive.
Tourism in São Tomé & Príncipe is not a big industry; you’ll find a variety of lodges and hotels which are locally run and designed to be complementary to the ecology and landscape of the islands. São Tomé & Príncipe is a safe, peaceful and relaxing retreat with unique and wonderful natural beauty.
Updated Yellow Fever Certificate Requirements for South Africa
The Minister of Health for South Africa has announced that the requirement for a yellow fever (YF) vaccination certificate for travellers between Zambia and South Africa has been removed. This change came into effect on 31 January 2015.
The change to South Africa's certificate requirement follows an announcement at the World Health Assembly in Geneva on Friday 30th January 2015, where a review of the YF risk in northwest Zambia indicated reconsideration of the requirement for YF vaccination for travellers to and from Zambia.
Advice for Travellers
The WHO certificate requirements for South Africa are:
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission, from Eritrea, São Tomé and Principe, Somalia and Tanzania and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
Travellers are advised to check the YF certificate requirement for all countries being visited/transited during travel.
Official notification by WHO of the change to the certificate requirement of South Africa and the risk of yellow fever in Zambia is awaited.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout São Tomê and Príncipe and anti-malarial medication is normally advised.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.
There is no British embassy in São Tomé and Príncipe.