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Sao Tome and Principe

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Get a Tourist Visa for Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe issues Tourist visas for:
  • Tourist Travel
  • Visiting Family & Friends Sightseeing
  • Family Emergencies

Sao Tome and Principe Tourist Visa for US Passport Holders Required

When you are travelling to Sao Tome and Principe with a U.S. Passport, a Tourist Visa is required.

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Sao Tome and Principe Tourist Visa for Non-US Passport Holders Required

When you are travelling to Sao Tome and Principe with a Non-US Passport, a Tourist Visa is required.

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Get a Business Visa for Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe issues Business visas for:
  • Business Travel
  • Sales Meetings
  • Providing Services
  • Conference/Seminars

Sao Tome and Principe Business Visa for US Passport Holders Required

When you are travelling to Sao Tome and Principe with a U.S. Passport, a Business Visa is required.

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Sao Tome and Principe Business Visa for Non-US Passport Holders Required

When you are travelling to Sao Tome and Principe with a Non-US Passport, a Business Visa is required.

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Get a Diplomatic Visa for Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe issues Diplomatic visas for:
  • Official or Diplomatic Government Travel

Sao Tome and Principe Diplomatic Visa for US Passport Holders Required

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Sao Tome and Principe Diplomatic Visa for Non-US Passport Holders Required

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Travel Information

Get the most up-to-date information for Sao Tome and Principe related to embassy and consulate addresses, foreign relations information, travel advisories, entry and exit restrictions, and travel tips from the US State Department's website.

Vaccinations

International Vaccination Certificate for Yellow Fever Required

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About Sao Tome and Principe

Read about the people, history, government, economy and geography of Sao Tome and Principe at the CIA's World FactBook.

A Brief History of Sao Tome and Principe

Portuguese navigators first discovered the islands between 1469 and 1472. The first successful settlement of Sao Tome was established in 1493 by Alvaro Caminha, who received the land as a grant from the Portuguese crown. Principe was settled in 1500 under a similar arrangement. By the mid-1500s, with the help of slave labor, the Portuguese settlers had turned the islands into Africa's foremost exporter of sugar. Sao Tome and Principe were taken over and administered by the Portuguese crown in 1522 and 1573, respectively.

Sugar cultivation declined over the next 100 years, and by the mid-1600s, Sao Tome was little more than a port of call for bunkering ships. In the early 1800s, two new cash crops, coffee and cocoa, were introduced. The rich volcanic soils proved well suited to the new cash crop industry and soon extensive plantations (roças), owned by Portuguese companies or absentee landlords, occupied almost all of the good farmland. By 1908, Sao Tome had become the world's largest producer of cocoa, still the country's most important crop.

The roças system, which gave the plantation managers a high degree of authority, led to abuses against the African farm workers. Although Portugal officially abolished slavery in 1876, the practice of forced paid labor continued. In the early 1900s, an internationally publicized controversy arose over charges that Angolan contract workers were being subjected to forced labor and unsatisfactory working conditions. Sporadic labor unrest and dissatisfaction continued well into the 20th century, culminating in an outbreak of riots in 1953 in which several hundred African laborers were killed in a clash with their Portuguese rulers. This "Batepa Massacre" remains a major event in the colonial history of the islands, and the government officially observes its anniversary.


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