Best Time To Visit São Tomé & Príncipe

When to go

The islands have a hot and humid tropical climate and can be visited year-round. At sea level the average day time temperatures are about 27°C and there is not much variation. The mountainous interior is cooler with average temperatures closer to 20°C. The rainy season runs between October and May, with rainfall concentrated on the mountainous south western slopes.
April, May and November are the wettest months. If you plan to travel in July-August or December - January, we very strongly advise you to book flights minimum 6 months prior to departure to avoid disappointment.

Geting there

The best way to fly to São Tomé is on Air Portugal which operates regular flights from London (or selected other UK airports)  to Sao Tome via Lisbon. Some flights are daytime all the way from UK to Sao Tome, others may necessitate an overnight stay in Lisbon.

Time Zone

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British and most other passport-holders require a visa for entry to São Tomé and Principe which must be arranged prior to travel.  You can apply online:  or direct visa enquiries to the Sao Tome and Principe Diplomatic Mission in Brussels:

We wll aso be happy to assist you with obaining you visa authorization. (In which case you may send us scans of your passport. We then obtain te authorizaton for you and on arrival, your visa is issued for 30 Euros). The visa and receipt should be presented at the airport desk on arrival. The landing visa is valid for 1 month. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in São Tomé and must contain at least two completely blank pages, one for the visa and one for the entry stamp.

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