COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information 

Last Updated: June 13, 2022

***  As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Country-Specific Information:

  • All travelers over the age of 18 are required to show proof of vaccine to enter the country. A negative PCR test administered within 48 hours of departure is also mandatory for entry, as well as for intra-country travel between Bioko Island and the mainland (i.e. between Malabo and Bata).
  • The government of Equatorial Guinea requires all travelers entering the country to quarantine for three days on arrival at a hotel chosen by the traveler. During this time, immigration may hold the traveler’s passport, which can be collected by the traveler following quarantine.  After three days, the traveler will undergo another PCR test at the hotel.  Travelers may wish to ask their hotel for additional information about this process.
  •  On April 28, 2022 the government of Equatorial Guinea announced that international airlines are authorized to operate without frequency restrictions depending on the availability of the companies.
  • There is no curfew currently in place.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • PCR and/or antigen tests are available for U.S. citizens in Equatorial Guinea.
  • On April 28, the GREG changed the exit testing requirements. PCR tests are only required upon departure if a negative PCR test is required to enter the destination country. If the destination country requires a negative PCR test, the traveler must obtain a certificate from the Ministry of Health, which costs 110,000 CFA (around $183 USD) for foreigners. To travel between Bioko Island and the mainland, the certificate costs 5,000 CFA (around $9.00).  Payment for the certificates must be made at a local bank, then travelers bring their receipt to the testing site to pick up their results and then take the results to the Ministry of Health to collect the requisite certificate. (Travelers can ask their hotel for assistance).
  • When entering the country, testing will take place at a hotel in which the traveler quarantines.

For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please visit this websiteTo submit information in support of an exemption, e-mail malaboconsular@state.gov.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Equatorial Guinea approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Equatorial Guinea for U.S. Citizens to receive? It depends. The government has not generally made vaccines available to foreign citizens.
  • What vaccines are available in Equatorial Guinea? Sinopharm.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccinesin the United States.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Is rapid test required upon arrival?  No
  • Is a PCR test required to exit?  Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes 
  • All travelers must arrive with a negative PCR test, valid within 48 hours. Anyone over the age of 18 is required to be vaccinated.

Movement Restrictions: 

  • Is a curfew in place?  No
  • A vaccination card is required for in-country travel and may be required to enter banks, supermarkets, bars, restaurants and other establishments.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Masks are required in taxis and there is a limit of three passengers per taxi.

Quarantine Information: 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
  • All arrivals (even with negative PCR test) must quarantine for 3 days at a hotel chosen by the traveler. At the end of 3 days, travelers must take another test.  If the test is positive, the traveler will be transferred to the isolation unit for asymptomatic cases or to a referenced health center designated by the medical team.
  • Note that a traveler’s passport may be taken at the airport and kept through the quarantine period. The travelers may need to go to the airport to retrieve it after the quarantine.

Fines for Non-Compliance

  • The Ministry of National Security published a communique on the compulsory use of facial masks and the fines for non-compliance. Please see here for more information.

Consular Operations

  • The Consular Section at U.S. Embassy Malabo is open for both emergency and routine American Citizen Services and Non-Immigrant Visa Services. Visit our website for more information or contact  malaboconsular@state.gov for more information.

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