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Last update 17 July 2022Diplomatic missions

Risk index

Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)

3

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Regular passport: visa not required

Diplomatic passport: visa not required

Official passport: visa not required

 

We recommend to the Bulgarian citizens to refrain from traveling!

Gabonese Republic

The Republic of Bulgaria does not have a functioning embassy in the capital Libreville.  Bulgarian citizens residing in Gabon for a short or long period of time may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Abuja, Nigeria for consular issues.

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Address: 10 Euphrates Crescent, Maitama, Abuja
Working hours: Mon - Fri, 09.00 - 17.30
Consular Office hours for visitors: Mon - Fri, 09:00 - 12:00 h.

Booking in advance is highly recommendable via:

Tel.: +234 903 860 0017; +234 8033078578

E-mail: [email protected]

Е-Mail: [email protected]

Emergencies only

Tel.: + 234 903 000 0275

Website: www.mfa.bg/embassies/nigeria
 No Gabonese embassy is accredited for Bulgaria

General information

Local currency

Central African Franc - CFA

Security

Overall, the political situation is calm, but the level of crime is relatively high.  The capital and the other big city - Franceville, are relatively safe for foreign tourists.  Particular attention is needed in case of individual trips in the country and at night.

Customs requirements

There are no restrictions on the import of local or foreign currency, which, however, must be declared.  The export of local or foreign currency is allowed within the declared amounts upon entry into the country.

Legislation

It is forbidden to photograph military sites and sites of strategic importance, as well as administrative buildings.

Traffic on the roads

The condition of transport and roads is unsatisfactory. Travel and car insurance at the border is required for car passengers.

Healthcare

The health system has a very limited capacity, especially outside the capital.  Treatment with local practices is common and should be approached with caution.  There are registered isolated cases of Ebola in the interior of the country.

Travel papers and visas

International passport valid for a minimum of six months from the date on which the Gabonese visa is granted.

Bulgarian citizens traveling to Gabon (holders of ordinary, official and diplomatic passports) need a visa.  It can be obtained through the Gabonese Embassy in Paris or through an electronic visa application on the website of the General Directorate for Migration in Gabon - https://evisa.dgdi.ga/

The third possible option - a visa on arrival without prior approval is not recommended due to registered cases of difficulties, and very often airlines do not allow passengers on board without e-visa approval.

Your passport must have at least one full blank page in order for the entry visa for the country to be affixed to it.  There should be no previous visa on the back of this page other than border control stamps.

A certificate for yellow fever vaccine is required to enter Gabon.

Practical advice

When traveling inland during the rainy season (February to June and October to December), appropriate equipment must be worn, including for cars.

Loss of signal for mobile phones and other equipment when traveling inland is likely.

Be careful when eating fruits and vegetables - after washing do not eat immediately, but leave in the sun for 10-15 minutes.

Water should be boiled or bottled.

Competitive service

Certifications and legalizations

In order to be valid in Bulgaria, all documents issued by the competent authorities of Gabon to Bulgarian citizens should be stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Gabon.  They then need to be certified by the Gabonese embassy in Abuja and subsequently certified by the Bulgarian embassy in the Nigerian capital.

Thereafter, the documents must be translated into Bulgarian by an authorized company in Bulgaria and certified in the "Legalization and Certification" sector of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.

European Emergency Travel Document

In some cases - in case of damage, loss or stolen passport, Bulgarian citizens can apply for a European Emergency Travel Document (ETD) before an embassy of an EU Member State in Libreville.

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