General travel information
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade does not issue a travel advice for Sao Tome and Principe at this time.
Australians are advised to read the General advice to Australian travellers which provides general information about safety and security, local laws and customs, entry and exit requirements, health issues, travel and health insurance and consular assistance and registration.
It is important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling overseas. We encourage you to consider having vaccinations before you travel. At least eight weeks before you depart, make an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and any implications for your health, particularly if you have an existing medical condition. The World Health Organization (WHO) provides information for travellers and our health page also provides useful information for travellers on staying healthy.
Where to get help
Depending on the nature of your enquiry, your best option may be to contact your family, friends, airline, travel agent, tour operator, employer or travel insurance provider in the first instance.
The Consular Services Charter explains what the Australian Government can and cannot do to assist Australians overseas. Australia does not have an embassy or consulate in Sao Tome and Principe. As there are direct flights from Sao Tome and Principe to Portugal, Australians should seek consular assistance from the Australian Embassy in Lisbon. Contact details are:
Australian Embassy, Lisbon
Avenida da Liberdade 200 - 2nd Floor
Telephone +351 21 310 1500
Facsimile +351 21 310 1555
See the Embassy website for information about opening hours and temporary closures that may affect service provision.
In a consular emergency if you are unable to contact the High Commission you can contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or 1300 555 135 within Australia.
Other useful information
All Australians travelling to Sao Tome and Principe, whether for tourism or business or for short or long stays, are encouraged to register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Australians can register in person at any Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate or online. The registration information provided by you will help us to find you in an emergency - whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or a family emergency.
If the situation changes and a travel advice for Sao Tome and Principe is issued, travellers can be automatically notified by subscribing to our email subscription service.
For additional general and economic information to assist travelling in this country, see the following links: