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São Tomé and Principe

Capital
São Tomé
Time Zone
GMT
Telephone Services
Country Code: 239
Outgoing Code: All international calls must go through the operator
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Not present.
Tourist Information
Refer to the Consulate.
Passport Information
Valid passport required by all. Return Ticket Required. Requirements may be subject to change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure
Visa Information
Required by all, Transit visas are not required by those with tickets for onward journeys on the same day.
Health Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria: Exists throughout the year in the Falciparum variety. Resistance to chloroquine has been reported.
Yellow Fever: Vaccination is strongly recommended to all travellers. A certificate is required for travellers arriving from infected areas.

Other Health Risks: Bilharzia, Rabies
Food & Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency
Dobra (Db) = 100 centimes Credit cards are not accepted, US$ traveller's cheques are preferred.
ATM availability: Unavailable
Cost of Living
Very inexpensive, without a tourist industry and unspoilt by external influences
Languages
Portuguese and native dialects are most widely spoken. French and English are also spoken
Weather
Dry Season - June to Sept and Dec to beginning of Feb. The South is wetter than the North
Electricity
220 Volts AC.
Post
Up to 2 weeks
Transport
FLIGHTS: There are 3 flights a week from São Tomé to Principe. ROADS: Generally deteriorating therefore a 4 wheel drive is required to get around. BUSES: A bus service is in operation. TAXIS: operate.
Special Information
Usual social courtesies should be shown. Portuguese influence is still dominant
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