You’ve probably never heard of São Tomé e Príncipe, a small island nation off the coast of Africa. However, if you’re looking for a quiet, clean beach, it’s hard to do much better than this tropical paradise.
São Tomé e Príncipe was once a Portuguese colony. In the 19th and 2oth centuries, the Portuguese imported slaves to grow sugar, coffee and cocoa-so much cocoa, in fact, that they became known as the “chocolate islands.”
The islands, located in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Gabon, became independent in 1975. However, cocoa is still their top export. The islands are also packed with biodiversity. In fact, they are home to 983 different plant species and many different types of animals, as well. Visitors to São Tomé e Príncipe get to sample excellent coffee and chocolate, explore amazing jungles and enjoy the hospitality of the local people.
How can you get to this island paradise before the rest of the world discovers it? You’ll need your passport, of course, as well as a visa.
You can get a São Tomé e Príncipe visa on arrival, or in the US. No matter where you get it, you will need the following documents:
- A São Tomé e Príncipe visa application form
- A passport photo
- An International Certificate of Yellow Fever Vaccination
- Your US passport, which must have at least 2 blank visa pages, not including pages 22, 23 or 24.
If your passport is valid but you don’t have enough pages, you can add extra pages before your trip.
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