Critical Alert 

Authorities in Gabon extend COVID-19 state of emergency for 45 days from Oct. 4. Travel restrictions remain in place.

Alert Begins 05 Oct 2020 07:04 PM UTC
Alert Expires 27 Nov 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVİD-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide
  • Time Frame: Through at least late November
  • Impact: Movement and travel disruptions

 

Summary
Authorities in Gabon have extended the country's state of emergency for at least 45 days from Oct. 4. Several measures and restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) remain in place as of early October.

International Travel
Land and sea borders remain closed to international travel; however, repatriation of citizens and legal residents, as well as freight transport services, including those for food, oil, and gas, may continue. Limited international flight services have resumed. Travelers must present a letter of permission and a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 14 days prior to arrival in Gabon. Arrivals also face a 15-day quarantine at a government or approved facility. Travelers from certain countries may be refused entry in response to international restrictions placed on Gabon nationals.

Domestic Measures
A nightly 2000-0500 curfew remains in effect. Residents must wear facemasks and adhere to other hygiene protocols. Places of worship and bars remain closed; sporting events and other large gatherings remain suspended. Nevertheless, authorities have been easing restrictions in recent months. Public transportation has resumed nationwide, though some limits on passenger numbers remain in place. Hotels have also been allowed to reopen, as have restaurants with outdoor terraces. Some academic activities have resumed.

Additional restrictions are possible in the coming weeks, particularly if cases of COVID-19 rise.

 

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

 

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