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is a state in west central Africa sharing borders with Equatorial Guinea to the northwest, Cameroon to the north, and with the Republic of the Congo curving around the east and south. The Gulf of Guinea, an arm of the Atlantic Ocean is to the west. It covers a land area of nearly 270,000 km² and has an estimated population of 1,500,000. Its capital and largest city is Libreville. Since its independence from France on August 17, 1960, Gabon has been ruled by three presidents. In the early 1990s, Gabon introduced a multi-party system and a new democratic constitution that allowed for a more transparent electoral process and reformed many governmental institutions. Gabon is also a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2010-2011 term. The small population density together with abundant natural resources and foreign private investment have helped make Gabon one of the most prosperous countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, with the highest HDI and the third highest GDP per capita (PPP) (after Equatorial Guinea and Botswana) in the region.

Capital LIBREVILLE
Currency Franco CFA
Country code 00241
Spoken languages ​​ french
Passport

Passport: needed, with residual validity of at least six months at the time of entry into the country. For any changes to this rule, we recommend that you inquire beforehand at the Embassy or Consulate of the country present in Italy or at your travel agent.

Health

the qualitative and quantitative level of local public health facilities is far below European standards. The General Hospital of Libreville is inadequate both in terms of welfare and infrastructure. There is a shortage of medicines and plasma in public facilities. In private clinics reliability level health is decent, but with high costs. In case of emergency medical repatriation is recommended. The local airline Air Affaires "features a jet equipped with sanitary repatriation resuscitation equipment. We recommend that you take out before undertaking the journey, providing health insurance coverage, medical expenses, even if air emergency medical repatriation or transfer in any other country. It is advisable to start a therapy of malaria 3 weeks before you go in the country, and continue throughout your stay and for 4-5 weeks after the return to Italy. We recommend the following vaccinations: tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis (A and B) and poliomyelitis. Warnings We recommend that you: · pay attention to potential risks such as "sleeping sickness", "Ebola '' e '' '' Meningitis; · drink filtered water or bottled mineral without adding ice; · avoid raw foods.

Telephony

mobile telephony uses GSM system. There are four owners, two of which (ZEIN and Libertis) with decent coverage in the major centres of the country. It is advisable to bring your own cell phone because it is easy to buy on the spot a Sim Card from 2,500 CFA francs (about 4 euros) can be used to call and receive calls locally and internationally. There are refills from a minimum of 500 F.CFA to a maximum of 10,000 f. CFA (about 15 euro).

Climate

Equatorial climate, hot with high humidity. Frequent rains from October to December, torrential and most abundant from January to June. The temperature, at any time of the year, never goes below 23 degrees and does not exceed 30/35 degrees. From mid-June to September dry season temperatures and reasonably acceptable. The country is covered by dense four-fifths of primary rainforest.

Viability

Licence European Community model, Italian or international Documents for vehicles imported temporarily It is necessary the Customs passage booklet Transportation: does not exist in any public transport service reliable and smooth operation. Displacements occur with rental cars or taxis. In order to avoid the dangers we suggest to buy the entire race and to travel alone. The price of the car and driver about 80 € per day, without driver approximately 50 € per day. We must pay attention to road traffic; the means are crumbling and reckless drivers. The highway code and traffic rules are the European type, but, in many cases, are not respected. From Libreville there are almost daily air connections with Europe with flights operated by "Air France", "Royal Air Morocco", "Ethiopian Airlines" Lufthansa "," and "Gabon Airlines", Marseille and Paris. There are no direct connections with Italy.

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