Foreign drivers must have a valid original driver licenses and International driving permits to drive in Gabon.

  • Traffic moves on the right side of the road.
  • The minimum driving age is 18.
  • The speed limit in rural areas is 74mph (120km/h) and in built-up areas - 37mph (60km/h).
  • Booster seats should be used for children under 12 years of age.
  • The police phone number is 1730.
To obtain a Gabonese driver license, applicant must have a Gabonese residency card.
In order for a driver license issued by another country to be valid in Gabon, a foreign driving license must be registered with the Road Traffic Department within 3 months after arriving in Gabon. A driver must provide following documents:
  • a notarized photocopy of both sides of a driving license;
  • 2 official passport photos in black and white;
  • a photocopy of a residency permit.
The rainy season is from October to the middle of December and from the middle of February to May.
It is recommended to use four-wheel drive vehicles for driving outside cities.
In order to rent a car, a driver must have a valid passport and International driving permit.
In Gabon, police checkpoints are common. If police stop a driver, he/she may be asked to show a passport, driving permit, or car rental documents so drivers should carried all their documents at all time while driving.
It is recommended to drive with car windows up and the doors locked.

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