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Visa Types & Categories to Apply for Sao Tome and Principe

Visa Types & Categories to Apply for Sao Tome and Principe

You can realize your planned trip to Sao Tome and Principe by obtaining a Sao Tome and Principe visa. Foreign nationals can apply to Sao Tome and Principe short-term visas (E-visa) for temporary reasons (tourism, business, cultural, and other short-term purposes).

All visa required nationals can obtain E-visa to Sao Tome and Principe.

Sao Tome and Principe E-Visa

Sao Tome and Principe E-Visa

Sao Tome and Principe E-visa is an online way to obtain a visa to realize a trip to Sao Tome and Principe.

All nationalities and citizens of all countries (visa required) are eligible for Sao Tome and Principe E-visa.

Currently, there only two kinds of E-visa:

  • Tourist visa (30-days valid and single entry)
  • Business visa (30-days valid and single entry)

After you apply for E-visa, the verification process starts for your application. Once this process ends, applicants receive a Visa Approval letter by email. You should print it out because you will need to present it at the airport. Then you will pay the visa stamping fee at the airport when you arrive in Sao Tome and Principe, and Immigration officers will stamp the visa onto your passport.

 

Required Documents for Sao Tome and Principe E-visa

 

1. Passport

  •  Validity minimum of one year beyond your arrival date to Sao Tome and Principe
  • Signed by holder
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least one or two free “visa pages.”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

2. When You Arrive in Sao Tome and Principe, You must Present also:

  • Printed Sao Tome and Principe E-visa
  • Travel Itinerary 
    • Flight reservation
    • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)
  • Supporting documents that prove your purpose of travel (if any)

 *Additional documents can be required.

 

Processing Time for Sao Tome and Principe E-visa

The average processing time for Sao Tome and Principe E-visa is 1-7 working days.

 

Sao Tome and Principe E-visa Application Fee

 You will pay the stamping fee when the Immigration officer stamps the visa onto your passport after arriving at the airport.

Visa Type

Validity Period

Entry Type

Visa Cost

Tourist Visa

30 days

Single Entry

20 EUR

Business Visa

30 days

Single Entry

30 EUR

 

Where to Apply for Sao Tome and Principe E-visa Application?

You will apply for Sao Tome and Principe E-visa online. You can apply for an E-visa through this website (official governmental website).

 

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FAQ

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I am from a country whose citizens do not need a visa to enter Sao Tome and Principe. Can I experience any problems at the border, while entering Sao Tome and Principe?

You must meet certain requirements to enter Sao Tome and Principe, even if you do not require a visa:

  • The purpose of your trip to Sao Tome and Principe must be plausible and comprehensible.
  • Your passport should be valid for at least one year beyond your arrival in Sao Tome and Principe.
  • You must be able to finance your own living and travel costs.
  • You must hold a confirmed return flight, to prove that you are prepared to leave Sao Tome and Principe before the duration ends.
  • You must not pose a threat to security or public order.
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Can I get a refusal for my E-visa application?

Despite it rarely happens, it is possible to get a refusal from the Sao Tome and Principe E-visa application.

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How long my passport will be valid for applying for Sao Tome and Principe E-visa?

You must have a passport with validity greater than one year beyond your travel date to Sao Tome and Principe.

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Can I apply for Sao Tome and Principe embassies/consulates for obtaining a visa?

Yes, you can also apply for traditional on-paper visas at Sao Tome and Principe embassies/consulates.

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Are all nationals eligible for Sao Tome and Principe E-visa?

All nationalities and citizens of all countries who are visa required to travel are eligible for Sao Tome and Principe E-visa.

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What are the advantages of E-visa?

You will not have to go embassy/consulate for applying traditional on-paper visa applications. You can apply for E-visa from everywhere via the internet, and also you will make your arrival process easier.

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Can I visit Principe Island with this E-visa?

Yes, you can travel to Principe Island with this (same) visa.

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