4. Types of leave

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Paid time off

After a year of service, employees are entitled to two days of paid annual leave per month. Those under the age of 18 are given two and a half days off per month.

Public holidays

New Year


Easter Monday

End of Ramadan


Monday of Pentecost


Assumption Day

National Holiday



Sick days

Employees are entitled to up to six months of paid sick leave, which the employer pays for. The sick leave pay is covered by social security after six months of illness.

Maternity leave

Female employees are entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave, six weeks of which must be taken prior to the birth. In the event of a pregnancy-related illness, this can be extended by three weeks, and in the case of multiple births, it can be extended by two weeks. Contracts of employees on maternity leave are protected.

Paternity leave

Employees are entitled to up to six months of paid sick leave, which the employer pays for. The sick leave pay is covered by social security after six months of illness.

Parental leave

Other than the already mentioned terms regarding maternity and paternity leaves, there are no other provisions in the law in Gabon regarding parental leave.

Other leave

5. Employment termination

There is no information about employment information for this country.

Termination process

A contract of employment may be terminated due to poor performance or misconduct. Employers must write to terminated employees requesting an interview to explain the grounds for termination. If the employer wishes to end the contract, they must produce a letter explaining why.

Notice period

The notice period begins at fifteen days and escalates based on the number of years the person has worked for the company.

Probation period

The probation period is capped at six months while fixed-term contracts can be of up to 24 months and renewed once.

Severance pay

Severance pay ranges from 12 to 4 months' earnings per year of service.

6. Working hours

There is no information about the working hours for this country.

General working schedule

The legal working week is 40 hours. The week shall be divided into five days, Monday through Friday, in the public and private sectors throughout the country.


Maximum of 20 hours of overtime per week in exceptional, urgent, or seasonal work due to unusual workload, the necessity of maintaining/increasing production levels, or a staffing shortage.

The rate of overtime pay is set by collective bargaining agreements or government regulations.

7. Minimum wage

There is no information about the working hours for this country.

The minimum wage is one of Gabon's most important compensation laws. Gabonese employees must earn at least 150,000 CFA francs per month. Furthermore, government employees should be paid a monthly allowance of 20,000 CFA francs per child, as well as transportation, housing, and family benefits. These benefits are not available to private-sector employees.

8. Employee benefits

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Gabon has a national fee for service health care system in place. While maternity care and medicine are provided free of charge, employees are required to pay a portion of the cost of other medical services according to a schedule outlined in the employment law.

9. Taxes

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Corporate tax

Companies in Gabon are subject to a corporate tax rate of 35 percent.

Individual income tax

Individuals in Gabon are imposed an income tax rate between 5 percent and 35 percent. The actual percentage depends on the income bracket the individual belongs to.

VAT, GST and sales tax

The value-added tax (VAT) or goods and sales tax (GST) in Gabon is currently set at 18 percent.

10. VISA and work permits

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The Gabon Visa Policy is a collection of regulations and limits that determines whether foreign citizens are eligible to apply for a travel permission or a visa to enter Gabon.

According to the Gabon Visa Policy, passport holders from roughly five countries are permitted to enter Gabon for brief periods of time without requiring a travel authorisation or visa. The length of their stay is determined by their citizenship.

According to the Gabon Visa Policy, nationals of over 150 countries are eligible for an electronic visa and may apply for one online using a simple application form.

The authorized e-visa may be used for tourist, transportation, or business. This e-visa may be sent to the passenger, which improves the whole travel experience. The length and validity of the e-visa may be determined based on the needs of the tourist.

Foreign citizens from over forty-five countries must apply for an Embassy Visa to visit Gabon, regardless of the purpose of the travel or the planned length of the stay, according to the Gabon Visa Policy.

According to the Gabon Visa Policy, people of around 235 countries and territories are permitted to enter Gabon with an issued visa. The visa might be an e-visa, a visa on arrival, or a visa from an embassy.

Passport holders from about 150 countries may apply for and acquire an electronic visa. Travelers who use a tourist e-visa may remain in the nation for a short period of time ranging from one to six months, depending on their needs. This visa may be acquired by email by completing an online application form.

This is a straightforward technique that eliminates the need to wait in large lines at border checkpoints for a visa on arrival. To enter Gabon, tourists just only submit the permission letter and pay the visa charge.

Only nationals of 45 countries are ineligible for an e-visa. As a result, they must apply for an Embassy Visa in order to enter the nation. This visa may be acquired by contacting the Gabon Embassy closest you. This visa permits visitors to stay in the nation for an extended amount of time, regardless of their trip reason.

11. Employer Of Record service terms

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Employment contracts

The employment contract should be in writing and include the names and contact information for both parties, as well as the wage, conditions of employment, job description, yearly leave, additional leave, start and finish dates, if applicable.

Minimum assignment length

Employers may utilize indefinite contracts for long-term employment or a fixed-term contract for a specified assignment lasting no more than 24 months. A fixed-term contract is only renewable once.

Payment currency

Central African CFA franc (FCFA)

13.Opening a subsidiary in Gabon

There is no information about the working hours for this country.

How to set up a subsidiary

Before establishing a Gabon subsidiary, you must consider a variety of issues. For example, different towns or areas may have varied Gabon subsidiary laws that affect prices, availability, convenience of doing business, and other factors. You should look into a few different locations to discover the one with the best legislation. If you are unfamiliar with the many places of Gabon, we recommend working with an expert who can propose the best sites.

Following that, you must decide what sort of subsidiary is most suited to your company's objectives. Every entity has its own Gabon subsidiary laws, which might allow you more or less flexibility to operate in Gabon. You have the choice of forming a limited liability company (LLC), a public limited business, or a branch office. Typically, businesses opt to form an LLC because it gives them the greatest flexibility to operate in the nation.

The following processes are involved in establishing your Gabon subsidiary as an LLC:

1. Providing a unified form for formalizing your business

2. Making six copies of each company officer's identity

3. Providing all corporate officials' criminal records

4. Making three duplicates of the authorisation or technical approval of the company's actions

5. Obtaining four location maps of the company's headquarters

6. Signing the SEEG subscription agreement

7. Notarizing the parent company's articles of incorporation and translating them into French

8. Creating a record of the Board of Directors' decision to create a branch in Gabon.

Subsidiary laws

Even though LLCs are the favored kind of subsidiary, you must still comply with all of Gabon's subsidiary rules pertaining to LLCs. This company needs one director and one shareholder who may be of any country and do not have to reside in Gabon. In addition, $1,700 in minimum paid-up share capital is required to finalize your company's registration with the local Companies Registrar.

LLCs enable firms to function similarly to resident companies, which means they will be subject to some of the same rules. If you have more than $17,000 in paid-up capital, an annual turnover of more than $420,000, or more than 50 employees, you must hire an auditor to help you stay compliant.

13. Why choose Rivermate as your Employer of Record / PEO in Gabon

Establishing an entity in


to hire a team takes time, money, and effort. The labor law in


has strong worker employment protection, requiring great attention to details and a thorough awareness of local best practices. Rivermate makes expanding into


simple and effortless. We can assist you with hiring your preferred talent, managing HR and payroll, and ensuring compliance with local legislation without the hassle of establishing a foreign branch office or subsidiary. Our PEO and Global Employer of Record solutions in


give you peace of mind so you can focus on running your business.

Please contact us if you'd like to learn more about how Rivermate can help you hire employees in


via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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