Sao Tome and Príncipe Quick Guide

What vaccinations do I need?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Sao Tome and Príncipe are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel?

Best time to visit?

The first is December to February and the second is from June to September. The best time to go to São Tomé and Príncipe for bird watching – and there are a lot to watch – is October to March. February to May is when the heavens can open, but then paradise does need watering from time to time.

Do I need a Visa?

British nationals don't need a visa to visit São Tomé and Príncipe for up to 15 days. For longer stays, you should get a visa before you travel as problems can occur if you arrive without the necessary documentation.

See which forms you may need for entry into Sao Tome and Príncipe.

What currency do i need?

The official currency of Sao Tome and Príncipe is the São Tomé And Príncipe Dobra (STN). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Sao Tome and Príncipe you can grab amazing São Tomé And Príncipe Dobra deals via (GBP to STN).

What about the wildlife?

The diversity of mammals is low and there is only one endemic terrestrial mammal, the São Tomé shrew. There are several bats, including the recently described São Tomé free-tailed bat. Various cetaceans such as the humpback whale occur offshore and whaling formerly took place.

What is the traditional food?

Portuguese food? Fish is their main source of protein, which is often eaten with indigenous root crops. ... Calulu, is considered the national dish, which comprises smoked fish, palm oil and vegetables, along with peppers, to add spice.

What Languages are spoken?

São Tomé and Príncipe has Portuguese as the official and national language. It is spoken by virtually all of the population. Locally developed restructured varieties of Portuguese or Portuguese creoles are also spoken: Forro, Angolar and Principense. You can learn some basic Portuguese before you travel to Sao Tome and Príncipe and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip?

The currency in Sao Tome and Príncipe is the São Tomé And Príncipe Dobra (97% of the people in the Sao Tome average tipping percentage in restaurants is between 7% to 13%. The actual tipping percentage is determind according to the level of service given in the restaurant and the tipping percentage can go above 7% if service was suberb or go under 13% if the service was bad).).

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Useful Numbers

  • Police: 112
  • Ambulance: 112
  • Fire: 112
  • UK Embassy: (+239) 221 026 / 7

Time Difference

The GMT time difference is -1 hours

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