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Dobra (Db)

Money and costs

Dobras (STD)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated April 04, 2019 2:25PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Double room in a budget hotel: €40–50
  • Beer: €2
  • Sandwich: €3
  • Shared cab: €1–2
  • Double room in a midrange hotel: €60–85
  • Lunch and dinner in local restaurants: €20
  • Small 4WD rental €45–55
Top end (more than)
  • Double room in a resort: €125–340
  • Lunch and dinner in resort restaurants: €40–50
  • Large 4WD rental €65–90


Visas are necessary and a significant headache to obtain. There is an online system (www.smf.st/virtualvisa), but it's known to malfunction for long periods of time.

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Advice for travellers

Travelling with children

Travellers will have no problem bringing children to São Tomé and Príncipe if they stick to the major resorts or ecolodges. Otherwise this is not a very child-friendly country. There are no child-focused sights or facilities, car seats are uncommon,...

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Working and volunteering

Foreign workers must be sponsored by a local company, and have skills that cannot be sourced locally. Before giving a job to a foreign worker the opening is first announced on local TV and radio.

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