COVID-19 Information

Global Health Advisory:

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice. Read More

Travel Alert: Private U.S. Citizens Transiting Through Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (March 26, 2020)

Event:  Private U.S. Citizens Transiting Through Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Effective:  Wednesday March 25, 2020

Please note that the situation in Ethiopia is fluid and subject to change without notice. 

Ethiopian Airlines is continuing flights.  As a result, Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa is the de facto repatriation hub for U.S. travelers.  The information below is intended to highlight some of the requirements and complexities of traveling through Addis at present.

Mandatory Quarantine: As of Monday, March 23, 2020, the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) has instituted a mandatory 14-day quarantine procedure for all individuals entering Ethiopia.  There are two different types of passengers and at this time, they are being treated as follows:

Ethiopia as a final destination:  Individuals must quarantine at their own expense at one of these designated hotels:

Skylight Hotel – or +251 116 818 181

Ghion Hotel – or +251 115 513 222

The Skylight Hotel should be the first choice since it is in close proximity to the airport. Please note that the Ghion Hotel is the less expensive hotel, but the Embassy has received numerous complaints about the condition of the hotel (no hot water, unclean, limited food) so travelers should be aware that the hotel may not meet their expectations based on U.S. standards.  As more passengers are required to quarantine, we expect the list of hotels to grow.

Transit Passengers: At this time, transiting commercial passengers are quarantined at one of the above hotels until it is time to return to Bole International Airport for their flight to the United States.  If a passenger arrived on a regularly-scheduled commercial flight they can remain in temporary quarantine until their next flight.

Post strongly recommends transiting passengers make every attempt to avoid layovers requiring an overnight stay. We would further recommend attempting to find transit directly to the U.S. with no layover. 

Symptomatic Passengers: If any transiting passengers appear symptomatic for COVID-19 (likely manifested through the presence of a fever), they will be taken to Bole Chefa Health clinic to be further tested.  These individuals must remain under the supervision of medical professionals within Ethiopia until cleared. Bole Chefa Health Clinic does not approximate U.S. standards for care or comfort.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

March 30 Updated

Health Alert- U.S. Embassy Malabo, Equatorial Guinea- March 30, 2020 

Location: Malabo

 Event: Ongoing COVID-19 Response – Repatriation Flight Tuesday, March 31

There are seats available on the flight to the United States on March 31. 

The flight will take place on Tuesday, March 31. You will need to be at Malabo International Airport no later than 9:00 pm (2100).

 We cannot guarantee there will be another repatriation flight organized by the U.S. Embassy.

The U.S. Embassy in Malabo has organized a repatriation flight for U.S. citizens from Malabo’s International Airport to Washington Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia. The flight is operated by the U.S. government and passengers will be required to reimburse the U.S. government for the cost of the flight.

To register your interest in this flight, American citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents should send an email to with the information below for each passenger with the subject line “Return Travel to the U.S.”.   You will be contacted by the Embassy via email with instructions on what you need to do to confirm your seat. Please note, if you provided this information in response to previous MASCOTS or messages, and you have already received your confirmation email that you are listed on the repatriation manifest, you do not need to respond again.

Please include the following information for each U.S. citizen or U.S. legal permanent resident guardian accompanying minor children in your family or group:

  • Full name as it appears on your passport
  • Citizenship (only for Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S. and qualifying Non-citizen dependents)
  • Country Visa type, Number, and Expiration Date (only for qualifying Non-citizen dependents)
  • Date of birth
  • Passport number
  • Date of passport issuance and expiration
  • Email address and contact phone number
  • Current location
  • Desired onward destination in the U.S.
  • Medical issues
  • Pets


  • This flight is for U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents. At this time, it appears there may be space for close family members of U.S. citizens. All third country nationals will be on a first come basis.
  • Travelers will complete a health check prior to boarding and anyone with flu-like symptoms will not be allowed to board.
  • Please review the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and websites for the latest procedures and restrictions on entering the United States.
  • Onward travel from Washington Dulles International Airport is the responsibility of the traveler.
  • Each passenger will be allowed two checked bags. The combined weight limit for both bags is 50 pounds total. Passengers can have one carry-on and a personal item.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Normal services at Malabo International Airport are closed. The flight does include food and beverage service, though passengers are encouraged to bring snacks and/or food for special diets.
  • Individuals entering the United States may be subject to CDC screening, health observation, monitoring requirements and existing DHS entry requirements.  Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S. 
  • U.S. citizens without a valid U.S. passport who wish to depart Equatorial Guinea should send the above information using the information of their most recent expired passport. Please indicate that the passport is expired.  You will be contacted with information on how to obtain an emergency passport.
  • If you are coming from the mainland, you will need to verify that you can get to Malabo.  Per the instruction of the Government of Equatorial Guinea, all domestic flights effective immediately for the prevention of the spread of Corona Virus (COVID-19) have been suspended. 

Actions to Take:

Country-Specific Information:

  • On March 14, 2020, Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Health and Social Welfare confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the country in a traveler from Spain. Read More

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • The Minister of Health announced that, as of March 15, all international passenger flights in and out of the country will be suspended for the next 30 days.  Visit the website of the government of Equatorial Guinea for additional information on these new measures.

Quarantine Information:

  • Those with recent travel to countries hard-hit by COVID-19 who were not prevented from traveling to Equatorial Guinea will be subject to quarantine upon arrival for fourteen days at a government-designated quarantine site.

Local Resources:

Other links:

Ministry of Health and Social Welfare COVID-19 hotline. +240-222273815 and +240222517030