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With an address at 1°N, 7°E, São Tomé and Príncipe is located at the centre of the world. The second-smallest country in Africa, the islands were created by volcanic activity millions of years ago and rise out of the Gulf of Guinea just off the western equatorial coast of central Africa, and around 250 kilometres off the coast of Gabon.

All international flights land on São Tomé Island, at São Tomé International Airport (TMS). From there, you will fly to Príncipe Island, the smaller of the two, and land at Príncipe Airport (PCP).

Good news! On the 14th February 2022, it was announced that fully-vaccinated travellers only require a negative antigen test (plus proof of vaccination) to enter São Tomé and Príncipe. Please visit our Covid-19 hub for more information.

Fly to São Tomé island

São Tomé benefits from good international connections:

  • From Lisbon, Portugal: TAP Portugal or STP Airways.
  • From Accra, Ghana: TAP Portugal. This connects with several flights from the USA, Dubai and other African hubs.
  • From Libreville, Gabon: Afrijet. This connects with the Air France flight from Paris.

Other connections may also be available through Angola, Luanda on TAAG Airlines (with connections to South Africa and Windhoek, Namibia).

Fly to Príncipe island
  • A domestic flight from São Tomé International Airport to Príncipe Island currently runs six times per week (not on Tuesdays).
  • The maximum baggage allowance on the domestic flight is 15kg (33 lbs) per person.
  • These flights must be booked directly on the STP Airways website.
The flight timetable
International arrivals into São Tomé
Best international flight access hubs Connections
From Airline Flight no Day From Airline Day Notes
Lisbon Portugal STP Airways 8F 507
Dep: 23h50
Arr: 05h00+1
FRI
Direct
Multiple options ex Europe Multi All days
TAP Air Portugal TP 1529
Dep: 10h00
Arr: 17h20
WED | FRI | SAT | SUN
Includes a stopover in Accra
Accra Ghana TAP Air Portugal TP 1529
Dep: 15h35
Arr: 17h20
WED | FRI | SAT | SUN Washington – United States United Airways 1 x per week: SAT Long connection = 7h00
Paris – France Air France 2 x per week: WED | SAT Tight connection = 1h00
An overnight in Accra is required for all other airlines: Delta, Emirates, Qatar, Ethiopian Airways, Kenya Airways, RwandAir, British Airways, Brussels Airways, KLM
Libreville Gabon Afrijet J7342
Dep: 09h30
Arr: 09h35
THU Overnight in Libreville required for onwards connections with: Air France and Ethiopian Airways
J7346
Dep: 10h00
Arr: 10h05
SUN
International departures from São Tomé
Best international flight access hubs Connections
To Airline Flight no Day To Airline Day Notes
Lisbon Portugal STP Airways 8F 508
Dep: 07h00
Arr: 20h40
SAT Direct Multiple options to Europe Multi All days
TAP Air Portugal TP 1528
Dep: 20h40
Arr: 05h40 +1
WED | FRI | SAT | SUN
Includes a stopover in Accra
Accra Ghana TAP Air Portugal TP 1518
Dep: 20h40
Arr: 22h15
WED | FRI | SAT | SUN Washington – United States United Airways 1 x per week: SAT Tight connection = 1h30
Paris – France Air France 2 x per week: WED | SAT Tight connection = 1h00
An overnight in Accra is required for all other airlines: Delta, Emirates, Qatar, Ethiopian Airways, Kenya Airways, RwandAir, British Airways, Brussels Airways, KLM
Libreville Gabon Afrijet J7343
Dep: 15h15
Arr: 17h15
THU Overnight in Libreville required for onwards connections with: Air France and Ethiopian Airways
J7346
Dep: 10h45
Arr: 12h45
SUN
Domestic connections between São Tomé and Príncipe islands
To Airline Flight no Depart Arrive Departing day Notes
Príncipe STP Airways 8F 211 09h00 09h35 MON | WED | THU | FRI | SAT | SUN These flights must be booked directly by the guest or travel agent on the STP Airways website.
São Tomé STP Airways 8F 212 10h20 10h55