Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

Event: Exploring possibility of repatriation flight from Equatorial Guinea to the United States

We are currently working with neighboring posts and the U.S. Department of State to explore commercial airline charter options to assist American citizens who would like to leave Equatorial Guinea and return to the United States during the first two weeks of May.

American citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents should register their interest in returning to the United States, if they have not already done so, by sending the below information to malaboconsular@state.gov with the subject line “Return Travel to the U.S.”  Please include the following information for each U.S. citizen, U.S. legal permanent resident, non-citizen guardians accompanying minor children in your family or group, and non-citizens:

  • Full name as it appears on your passport
  • Citizenship
  • Country Visa type, Number, and Expiration Date  (non-U.S. citizens only)
  • 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

GENERAL INFORMATION

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 and travel.state.gov.

Onward travel from site of landing in the United States is the responsibility of the traveler.

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.

Actions to Take:

Assistance:

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Can I travel if I have COVID-19? Passengers showing symptoms will not be allowed to board the aircraft.  Prior to landing in the United States, paperwork will be disseminated to passengers regarding appropriate health care procedures. Quarantine rules apply.  Please review the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and travel.state.gov websites for the latest restrictions on entering the United States.
  • Will I have to pay for the flight? Yes. Before boarding the plane, you will have to sign a promissory note agreeing to pay back the U.S. government for the cost of the flight.  We will provide the exact amount to confirmed passengers and/or in a follow-on STEP notice.
  • What is the baggage limit? Passengers will be allowed two bags within a fifty-pound total limit, plus a carry-on and personal item. Oversized items can likely be accommodated if they are within the 50-pound limit. Fifty-pounds is the combined limit for both checked bags.
  • Do I have the option to pay for additional luggage? Unfortunately, no. The fifty-pound limit will be strictly enforced, and there is no mechanism to pay for additional weight. Please plan accordingly.
  • Will I have to quarantine or self-isolate in the United States when I land, or may I continue to my destination? You may continue to your destination and will be subject to whatever quarantine or self-isolation procedures are in effect there. Please review the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and travel.state.gov websites for the latest restrictions on entering the United States.
  • Is this my last opportunity to get home? This is likely the last repatriation flight that will be organized by the U.S. Embassy. The U.S. government will continue to work with the airlines to encourage commercial flight options, but if you need to get back to the United States, you should take this opportunity. If you have questions about returning to the United States, read the Department of State Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.
  • I have to travel with specialty equipment, can I have an exception to the baggage limit? Unfortunately, the U.S. Embassy does not anticipate that specialty equipment will be accommodated. The limits are set by the flight provider. The U.S. Embassy will follow up with confirmed passengers should this information change.
  • Can my family member accompany me on the plane if he or she is not a U.S. citizen? Space will be allocated to family members of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) on a space-available basis. Please note, anyone who is not a U.S. citizen or LPR needs to already have a visa to enter the United States. Please review the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and travel.state.gov websites for the latest restrictions on entering the United States. The Embassy will not be able to facilitate visa interviews before this flight.
  • Can Lawful Permanent Residents travel? Yes.
  • If I cannot afford a ticket, can I still travel? Yes. Everyone who boards the plane will sign a DS-5528 promissory note agreeing to pay the cost of the flight upon their return to the United States. Please note, you will not be able to renew your passport until the debt to the U.S. government is paid.
  • I would like to travel with my family member, but he or she does not have a visa. Can I schedule a visa appointment before the flight? Unfortunately, no. There is not time to facilitate visa interviews for this flight.
  • Can my special medical needs be accommodated? Probably. Please include any special requests in your email, and we will endeavor to accommodate.
  • Will there be meals on the plane? Yes, though passengers are encouraged to bring snacks and/or food for special diets.
  • Where is the flight going and will you arrange transport to my destination? The flight is going to Washington Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia. You will be responsible for making travel arrangements from there to your destination.
  • Can I bring my pet on this flight? It depends. Some airlines allow pets and others do not. If you have a pet, please advise us so we can contact the airline once we have one secured.