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If you are interested in visiting the historical island-nation of São Tomé and Príncipe, you can find out all about the entry requirements and conditions right here on this page. What’s more, Byevisa can help you process your travel documents, so you don’t need to worry about a thing!
There are 3 different categories of entry requirements for São Tomé and Príncipe:
- eVisa (Electronic Visa)
- Visa-exempt countries
- VoA (Visa on Arrival)
Most countries must get a visa to visit this beautiful island, but luckily you no longer need to go to an embassy to get one. The Electronic System for Travel Authorization was launched in 2012 and has made it very easy to visit the island, since you can get your travel permit online in just a few simple steps.
The eVisa for São Tomé is a Single Entry permit that can be either for tourism or business and is valid for 30 days. Please bear in mind that, with an eVisa you must enter the island nation from the international airport.
Meanwhile, there are 58 countries that can visit São Tomé visa-free for up to 15 days, including the US, the UK and all countries of the European Union.
Lastly, only 3 territories are eligible for a VoA and these countries are China, Macau and Hong Kong.
Let’s dive a little deeper and find out what is the difference between visa exemption and an eVisa, and how you can get one.
- 1 What Is the Difference Between a São Tomé and Príncipe eVisa and a Visa Waiver?
- 2 São Tomé and Príncipe Visa Requirements and Eligibility
- 3 São Tomé and Príncipe Application Process
- 4 São Tomé and Príncipe Application Form and Documents
- 5 How Much Does a São Tomé and Príncipe eVisa Cost?
- 6 São Tomé and Príncipe eVisa Status Check
- 7 More São Tomé and Príncipe eVisa Questions and Information
What Is the Difference Between a São Tomé and Príncipe eVisa and a Visa Waiver?
The eVisa is a travel document that you get online, through any electronic device, from the comfort of your home. Most people visiting the island for tourism or business will need to get this type of permit. The eVisa is valid for 30 days and is electronically linked to your passport.
However, if you would like to work, study or stay long-term on the island, you will need to get a different type of visa from an embassy or consulate.
On the other hand, when a country is visa-exempt it means the citizens of that country can visit the island without the need of getting a travel permit. Citizens that are visa-exempt can travel to São Tomé with just their passport and can stay for up to 15 days.
Just like the eVisa, the visa-exemption policy is only valid if you are travelling for tourism or business. Otherwise, you will need to obtain the relevant visa.
São Tomé and Príncipe Visa Requirements and Eligibility
As we mentioned, which visa requirements you must follow will depend on your nationality. In this section, you can see which entry policies apply to each nationality by using the simple lists below.
List of countries eligible for an eVisa, valid for 30 days:
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre Miquelon
Saint Vincent Grenadines
US Virgin Islands
Wallis Futuna Islands
List of visa-free countries to São Tomé and Príncipe for stays of up to 15 days:
Republic of Cyprus
United Arab Emirates
Saint Kitts and Nevis is due to join this list as well in the near future. In addition, Chinese nationals with a diplomatic or service passport can visit visa-free for up to 30 days.
Moreover, if you have a visa or resident permit for the US or the Schengen zone, you will not need a visa for this country for stays of up to 15 days.
List of territories eligible for a VoA, valid for 15 days:
- Hong Kong
São Tomé and Príncipe Application Process
Getting an eVisa to fly to São Tomé is quick and easy with Byevisa. Just follow the steps below and you will get your electronic travel pass in no time at all.
First of all, to verify whether you are eligible for an eVisa, use our quick verification tool. At the top of the page, select your nationality in the drop-down menu in the first box, and São Tomé and Príncipe in the second box, then click ‘Get Visa Information’.
If you need to get an eVisa, move on to the application:
- Click on ‘Apply Now’.
- Fill out the form with your personal details, passport details and basic information about your trip.
- Choose a processing speed between Standard, Rapid and Highly Rapid.
- Pay the fee by credit/debit card or PayPal.
- Click ‘Submit’.
Now, you can sit back, relax and wait for Byevisa to work our magic. In the time established by the processing speed you selected, you will receive your eVisa in your email inbox.
São Tomé and Príncipe Application Form and Documents
Applying for an eVisa with Byevisa, you don’t need to worry about complicated forms and endless documents. All you will need is your passport and a payment method to hand.
The main condition you must fulfil is having a passport that is valid for at least 1 year from your travel date, so make sure you check your passport expiry date before filling out the form.
When it comes to the form, you will be asked to provide your personal details, passport data and some information regarding your trip. More specifically, here is the information you will be asked to provide:
- Full name
- Email address
- Date of birth
- Country of birth
- Country of residence
- Home address
- Passport number
- Passport issue date
- Passport expiry dates
- Date of arrival
- Card details or PayPal for the payment
Make sure you double-check that the email address is correct, as this is where your travel authorisation will be sent.
How Much Does a São Tomé and Príncipe eVisa Cost?
The cost of an eVisa for São Tomé and Príncipe will depend on the processing speed you selected during your application. Here at Byevisa, we offer 3 processing speeds:
- Standard – in 7 days for 25 USD
- Rapid (available soon)
- Highly Rapid (available soon)
Keep in mind that, upon arrival, you will also need to pay a fee for the entry stamp, which must be paid in cash. The fees for the stamp depend on the type of eVisa you have:
- 20 EUR for tourist visa
- 30 EUR for business visa
São Tomé and Príncipe eVisa Status Check
Once you have submitted your application, you will need to wait for it to be processed. This depends on what processing speed you selected.
Although we will be in touch when we have the result of your application, if in doubt, you can check the status of your document at any time directly on our website. To do this, just follow these steps:
- At the top of the page, click on ‘Log In’.
- Enter your email address.
- Enter the order ID you received in the confirmation email.
- Click ‘Proceed’.
This way, you will be able to see whether your application has been approved, rejected or is still pending. You will also be able to see the expiry date of your approved document or the reason it was rejected.
Remember, you can always reach out to us via our contact form if you have any questions or concerns.
More São Tomé and Príncipe eVisa Questions and Information
Dreaming of the tropical forest and sunshine already? Use the FAQ section below to ensure you know everything there is to know about getting an eVisa to this island.
- Standard - in 7 days for 25 USD
- Rapid (available soon)
- Highly Rapid (available soon)