Authorities have thwarted an attempted military coup on January 7th to seize control of the country. Several military officers have been arrested after media broadcasting offices and a major road in Libreville was taken over. These have since been reclaimed by government authorities. Tear gas was dispersed amongst civilians who had flocked to the local radio station in support of the coup attempt and gunshots have also been heard.
Travelers should exercise a high degree of caution while traveling in Gabon and be aware of their surroundings as tensions could flare up at any time.
Being caught up in civil unrest can be a frightening experience for any traveler. But there are things you can do to stay safe. Check out our article which has advice on what to do pre-trip, during travel and post civil unrest.
If you are traveling in Gabon, check with authorities for more information, follow any official warnings, travel advisories and listen to local news reports to monitor the situation. Failure to comply with directives from government authorities will result in you not being covered by travel insurance.
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Civil unrest can be very concerning when travelling abroad and unfortunately it is quite common. Our Travel Safety expert has gathered a few tips on how to stay safe should any issues occur.