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 and November are traditionally the wettest months; May and October are regarded as the two best months in which to visit. If you plan to travel in July-August or December - January, we strongly advise you to book flights minimum 6 months prior to departure to avoid disappointment.
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.
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British and most other passport-holders staying for 15 days or longer, require a visa for entry to São Tomé and Principe. You can apply online: http://www.smf.st/virtualvisa/ or direct visa enquiries to the Sao Tome and Principe Diplomatic Mission in Brussels: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
If you are staying for 15 days or longer, we can assist with your visa application - you can email us scans of your passports and we can obtain the visa authorization forms. The visa is then issued upon your arrival in Sao Tome for €30.
Malaria prophylactics are a requirement.