I – GENERAL ISSUES
Foreigners (Articles 3-16 of Law n° 5/86)
Is considered as a foreigner any person of nationality different from Gabonese nationality or of unknown nationality (stateless persons) who comes to the country.
There are two categories of legal foreigners living in Gabon:
•People who stay temporarily
•People who stay permanently
According to the Gabonese Law, they are respectively called:
NB: The status of resident foreigner is granted according to his/her main activity or another major reason of his/her whereabouts.
▲ Property owners, landowners or the retired belong to the category of temporary visitors or residents depending on whether they come to Gabon periodically or they live permanently.
▲ Some foreigners come to Gabon and stay for more or less three months. However, since they are not too many, they have not been classified. These are:
◦Diplomats, international experts and civil servants on a mission;
◦Ministers of religion and members of legal congregations;