UPDATE (July 8, 2020)
The Government of Equatorial Guinea officially confirmed an end to confinement throughout the national territory and announced the relaxation of some COVID-19 related restrictions beginning Monday June 15, 2020. This first phase of downscaling will include the reopening of the hotel and catering sector. Discotheques, function rooms and other places of leisure, however, will remain closed during the first phase. In person religious services and other large gatherings remain banned. Although travel between Malabo and Bata is permitted, travel in the rest of the country is limited to within each district. (FULL TEXT)
Regarding air transport, all passengers coming from abroad will have to present upon arrival a certificate of negative diagnosis for the coronavirus through a PCR test, valid within the previous 48 hours. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details, name, and date of birth. International flights have resumed on an intermittent basis, and passengers should call local airline offices to confirm flight availability before booking tickets online. In addition, the Government of Equatorial Guinea may impose additional arrival restrictions on short notice, as was done through this June 30 circular. Passengers should also stay in close contact with the airlines based on flight schedules changing without notice. Some airlines require a negative PCR test prior to boarding.
Any member of a flight or merchant ship wishing to disembark and enter airport or port cities must compulsorily undergo a PCR diagnostic test at their own expense. For passenger ferry service between Bata and Malabo, all passengers must take individual protection measures, including temperature checks upon boarding and disembarking.
Cronos Airlines has announced its domestic service will resume June 19, with measures including 35% less passengers and mandatory use of masks. It is anticipated that international flights with Air France, Lufthansa, and possibly Ethiopian Airlines could resume by late June or early July.
Members of the public are advised to consider whether non-essential medical treatment can be deferred given possibility of infection in hospitals and clinics. (FULL TEXT)
The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19. The Department of State is currently not organizing an evacuation of American citizens from Equatorial Guinea. The last such flight was on May 8.
The CDC recommends the use of a cloth face covering to keep people who are infected but do not have symptoms from spreading COVID-19 to others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing. The CDC continues to recommend that people try to maintain about 6 feet between themselves and others. For further information on COVID-19 and precautionary measures, please visit the links below.
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Visit our Embassy COVID-19-information for information on conditions in Equatorial Guinea
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
- Visit the website of the government of Equatorial Guinea for updated information on COVID-19.
- Visit Equatorial Guinea’s government’s website for additional information on new measures.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
Ministry of Health and Social Welfare COVID-19 hotlines 1111 (Malabo) and 1112 (Bata)
For additional assistance, please contact:
U.S. Embassy Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Carretera Malabo II (between the headquarters of Sonagas and the offices of the United Nations)
Malabo, Guinea Ecuatorial.
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 Equatorial Guinea Country Information
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