In accordance with the law, citizens of all countries require a visa to visit São Tomé and Principe. However, there are few exemptions. 

This includes US & Canada nationals, UE nationals, as well as nationals of a selected list of countries. 

Visa waiver for short-term visits

Enables citizens or nationals of a selected group of countries to travel to São Tomé and Principe for tourism or business for stays of 15 days or less without first obtaining a visa. Still not sure if the visa exemption apply to you? Please contact us for the latest updates.

 Conventional visas

Conventional visa applications should be made at an Embassy or Consulate of São Tomé and Príncipe abroad. Passports must have a validity of 12 months. The visa is usually valid for a single entry within 90 days of the date issued, for a stay up to 30 days. A tourist visa can be extended once for an additional period of 60 days.

Type of visas

 Visa validityExtension
visa free15 daysup to 60 days
Transit visa4 days (1 or 2 entries)up to 5 days
Official, diplomatic and courtesy visa30 days (1 or 2 entries)up to 60 days
Temporary visa, tourism, cultural & similar travel180 days (1 or more entries)up to 60 days
Residence visa60 days (2 entries)60 days

A visa or authorization to enter must be obtained in advance. It is not possible to travel to São Tomé e Príncipe without having obtained a visa or authorization in advance.

Visa Application Kit

North & South AmericaSão Tomé and Principe Visa Application Kit – New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
EuropeSão Tomé and Principe Visa application kit – Brussels BELGIUM
São Tomé and Principe Visa application kit – Lisbon PORTUGAL
São Tomé and Principe Visa application kit – Coimbra, PORTUGAL
São Tomé and Principe Visa application kit – Porto, PORTUGAL 
São Tomé and Principe Visa application kit – Marseille FRANCE 
São Tomé and Principe Visa application kit – Paris FRANCE
São Tomé and Principe Visa application kit – Madrid, SPAIN
São Tomé and Principe Visa application kit – Budapest, HONGRIE
São Tomé and Principe Visa application kit – Milan, ITALY
AfricaSão Tomé and Principe Visa application kit – Libreville, GABON
São Tomé and Principe Visa application kit – Luanda, ANGOLA
São Tomé and Principe Visa application kit – Abuja NIGERIA
São Tomé and Principe Visa application kit – Malabo, EQUATORIAL GUINEA
São Tomé and Principe Visa application kit – Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE
Asia & Middle EastSão Tomé and Principe Visa application kit – Beijing, CHINA

E-Visa

Since 2012 visitors to São Tomé and Principe may also apply online for an e-Visa Entry Permit using eVisaST website. An e-Visa can be obtained easily anywhere with an internet connection and it grants the same right to enter São Tomé and Principe territory as ordinary sticker-visa in the passport. The response has been overwhelming and many travelers have already used this service. Check our F.A.Q for more information.

Legal Framework

  • Decree n. 08/2017 of April 25, 2017 – Decree approving the exemption of visas for entry and stay in the National Territory for a period of fifteen days.
  • Decree n. 09/2017 of April 25, 2017 – Approves the exemption of visas of entry and stay in the national territory, for a period of fifteen days, Chinese Citizens, holders of Diplomatic and Special Service passports.
  • Law no. 5/2008 of 12 August 2008 – Law on the Legal Regime of Foreign Citizens in São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Decree Law 11/2009 of June 24, 2009 – Regulates the Legal Regime for Foreigners in São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Presidential Decree n. 21/2002 of 20 December 2002 – Ratifies Agreement on Suppression of Visas in Diplomatic Passports and Special Service Passports between the Governments of the Member Countries of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries