Gabon Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
Eat Drink 4
malaria 3
Typhoid & Polio Yes
cholera 2
yellow fever 1


Nationwide, medical care is inadequate for more serious illnesses or injuries. In many cases there is also a lack of well-trained doctors. More serious diseases must therefore be treated in Europe or South Africa. Taking out travel health insurance with repatriation insurance is strongly recommended. An individual first-aid kit should be taken with you and protected according to the temperatures on the way. Check directoryaah for more information.

Notes vaccinations

[1] According to the WHO, Gabon is a country with yellow fever infection areas (Priv. Ogooué-Ivindo). A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all travelers over the age of one year. This does not apply to transit passengers who do not leave the transit area in Gabon. [2] A certificate of vaccination against cholera is not an entry requirement, but there is a small risk of infection. However, the cholera vaccination is occasionally required at the border as proof of entry, especially when arriving from a country with cholera or when entering outside of international airports. Since the effectiveness of the vaccination is disputed, it is advisable to seek medical advice in good time before you travel. [3] Malaria protection required year-round nationwide, including cities. The predominant more dangerous form Plasmodium falciparum (95%) is said to be highly resistant to chloroquine. Recommendation: mosquito repellent and medicinal prophylaxis. [4] Due to the risk of possible infections, careful drinking water and food hygiene must be ensured. Water should generally either be boiled or otherwise sterilized before it is used for drinking, brushing teeth and making ice cubes, or it should be bought packaged. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Unpasteurized milk should be boiled. Only mix dry and canned milk with sterile water. Dairy products made from unboiled milk should not be consumed. Meat and fish dishes should only be well cooked and served hot. Eating raw salads and mayonnaise should be avoided. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled. Warnings are given against eating and buying food from cheap street restaurants and markets.

Other risks

Schistosomiasis pathogens are found in ponds and rivers, especially in the coastal regions around Libreville and the Ogowe River Basin. Swimming and wading in inland waters should therefore be avoided. Well maintained swimming pools with chlorinated water are safe. Chikungunya fever, transmitted by mosquitoes, can occur. Mosquito repellent should be used day and night. Filariasis caused by insects occurs in the northern and eastern parts of the country. Travelers reduce the risk of transmission if they use an effective insect repellent. Hepatitis A and E are common, hepatitis B is highly endemic. A vaccination against hepatitis A, for long-term stays and for children and young people against hepatitis B is recommended. HIV/AIDS is a major problem in the country and a major risk for anyone who takes the risk of infection: sexual contact, unclean syringes or cannulas and blood transfusions can pose a significant risk. Outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis can occur, especially in the dry season (December-May). To protect yourself, you should get vaccinated and avoid large crowds. Sleeping sickness, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, can be focal. Careful mosquito protection measures are recommended. Visitors heading inland should bring a first-aid kit with tetanus shots and snakebite serum. rabies occurs. Carriers include dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Tick ​​bite fever occurs nationwide.



1 CFA (Communauté Financiaire Africaine) Franc* = 100 centimes. Currency code: CFA Fr, XAF (ISO code). Banknotes are in denominations of 10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000, 500 CFA Fr. Coins come in denominations of 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2 and 1 CFA Fr. Note: [*] Issued by the Banque des Etats de l’Afrique Centrale (BEAC, State Bank of Central African States) and used by Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Cameroon, Congo, Chad and Central African Republic. Issued by the Banque des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (BCEAO, State Bank of West African States), the CFA Franc (XOF) is not legal tender in Gabon. The CFA Franc is tied to the Euro.

Credit cards

Major credit cards such as American Express, Mastercard and Visa are accepted in larger hotels (please ask when booking). Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.


Bank cards With the credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn from ATMs. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used at ATMs in Libreville and other major cities with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and are hardly available in Austria. Travelers checks can be exchanged at banks in the larger towns of Gabon.

Bank opening hours

Mon-Fri 07.45-11.45 and 14.45-18.15 (Banque Internationale pour le Commerce et l’Industrie du Gabon).

Foreign exchange regulations

The import of local currency and foreign currencies is unlimited, declaration obligation (without declaration, the export of any currency is limited to a total of 200,000 CFA Fr). Export of local currency and foreign currency only in the amount declared, minus the amounts spent/exchanged.

Currency Exchange

Foreign currency (preferably euros) can be exchanged at the airport and in banks. A return exchange is possible for a much worse rate.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
XOF 1 EUR = 655.96
1 CHF = 655.96
1 USD = 655.96
EUR 1 EUR = €655.96
1 CHF = €655.96
1 USD = €655.96

Gabon Money