COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information 

Last updated: [09/21/21] 

Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:

  • On January 15, 2021, the Political Committee decided to continue with the presidential decree number 107/2020 for a period of 30 days until February 15,2021.
  • On December 26, 2020, the government of Equatorial Guinea signed Ministerial Order No. 3/2020 to accompany decree 107/2020, which mandates rapid testing upon arrival for international passengers; PCR testing for domestic travel; and quarantine in government facilities.
  • On August 4, 2020, the government of Equatorial Guinea signed Decree 54/2020 in which it announced the entry into the second phase of de-confinement since the COVID–19 contagion curve descended to 3% as at July 16. It also contains information on large gatherings requirements. Discos and beaches remain closed. The government authorized the opening of schools from September 1 with a capacity not exceeding 50%. Stores are open during normal business hours. Religious activities are allowed by respecting the established COVID-19 health protocols.
  • Members of the public are advised to consider whether non-essential medical treatment can be deferred given possibility of infection in hospitals and clinics.
  • Only one flight per week per airline is authorized for international flights.
  • On September 16, 2021, the government of Equatorial Guinea signed Decree 107/2021 in which it announced the reinforcement and extension of COVID-19 control and prevention measures in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Equatorial Guinea? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • Testing can be done at Buena Esperanza or Ela Nguema Plaza. The cost of testing for foreigners is 110,000 CFA (About $200 USD).
  • Travelers (nationals and foreigners) will now pay 5,000 CFA (about $9 USD) for PCR tests and 2,000 CFA (about $4 USD) for IgM test when travelling within the country.
  • Travelers (nationals and foreigners) who request the PCR or IgM test after 11:30 a.m., as well as those who request it on the same day of their flight or departure within the country will have to pay 50,000 CFA (about $92 USD) for PCR test and 20,000 CFA (about $36 USD) for IgM test.
  • For those wanting to travel from Equatorial Guinea, payment must be made at the bank and bank teller taken to the test center before a test can be carried out and PCR issued. For those coming into the country, their test sample is taken at the airport on arrival. The results will be delivered to you at your quarantine location.
  • For exiting Equatorial Guinea, you must pick up the results at the testing facility.
  • Please visit the website of the government of Equatorial Guinea for more information on PCR testing and payment process.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/covid-19_testing_required_US_Entry.html
  • Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity.  To 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? No
  • Which vaccines are available in Equatorial Guinea? Chinese SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell). Inactivated.
  • According to Equatorial Guinea authorities, vaccinations are being offered free of charge at several medical centers around the city for any resident who requests to be vaccinated.  i.e. La Paz, Malabo Regional Hospital and all Community Medical Centers, Buena Esperanza, Ela-Nguema, Sampaka, Campo Yaunde and others. You should contact them directly.  The schedule is generally daytime, 10am – 2pm. Monday to Friday in most centers.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in 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.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:  

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes 
  • Upon arrival, everyone must have a rapid test.
  • Exit PCR test will be required.
  • All passengers coming from the UK are prohibited entry into the country.
  • Everyone must arrive with a negative PCR test.  All passengers coming from abroad must present upon arrival a certificate of negative diagnosis for the coronavirus through a PCR test, valid within the previous 48 hours as well as proof of residency, employment, or business purpose of the visit.  No airline is allowed to admit passengers on board without a valid PCR negative certificate.
  • Ministry of Health and Social Welfare COVID-19 hotlines 1111 (Malabo) and 1112 (Bata).  
  • 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
  • Ministry of Health and Social Welfare website:  https://guineasalud.org/  

Movement Restrictions:  

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes. The curfew will be from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. throughout the national territory.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes 
  • Inter-district travel is restricted and PCR test required to transit districts  
  • For all internal flights, all passengers traveling to or from Bata will have to do the PCR test and will need an authorization from the technical committee to move from one region to the other.

Quarantine Information:  

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes 
  • All arrivals (even with negative PCR test and rapid test) must quarantine for 5 days.  At the end of 5 days they must take another test with two options to get out of quarantine: if it is negative he/she will be allowed to go and if it is positive he/she will be transferred to the isolation unit for asymptomatic cases or to a referenced health center designated by the medical team.
  • Quarantine and testing is at cost of passengers arriving and leaving.  The fees for the PCR test is 50.000 xaf for EG nationals and 110.000 xaf for all other nationals.
  • If you do not have a valid and negative PCR test upon arrival, it is likely you will be sent to mandatory government quarantine and undergo COVID-19 testing at your own cost.  If you are sent to a mandatory quarantine hotel, as soon as you are able to, you should email malaboconsular@state.gov with your contact details, name, and date of birth.   
  • Your passport maybe withdrawn from you at the airport if in possession of non-valid PCR test until you leave the mandatory quarantine.  You will need to go to the airport yourself to pick it up after quarantine. 

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Limited flights available weekly
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes 
  • Every passenger must put on a facial mask.  There is a limit of two passengers per taxi.

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 information on the website of the government of Equatorial Guinea.

Consular Operations

  • American Citizen Services. Limited number of appointments for all U.S. citizen services.
  • Non-immigrant visa.   Limited number of appointments for all routine services.
  • Contact  malaboconsular@state.gov or visit our web pages to inquire about Non-immigrant visa and U.S. citizen services.

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