Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (March 15, 2020)

Location:  Equatorial Guinea

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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.  The language of the Notice is available on its website.

The government of Equatorial Guinea has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.

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.

The Consular Section will suspend NIV appointments and American Citizen Services cases will be limited to only emergency passport cases and special citizen services starting March 16 until further notice.

On March 15, 2020, the government of Equatorial Guinea issued an order for precautionary measures for the prevention and control against the outbreak of COVID-19.   The order is effective for 30 days. See key provisions below:

  • Article 1: all academic activities are suspended at all levels of the national educational system, both in public and private centers, as well as all sports competencies
  • Article 3.1: It is advisable to avoid the groups of more than (10) people in the same environment.
  • Article 3.2: Public transportation by bus is prohibited.
  • Article 3.3: Restaurants and bars are excluded from these prohibitions as long as cleaning and hygiene measures are extreme, constantly disinfecting floors, furniture and utensils. However, they will not be able to host or celebrate parties or multi-currency gatherings.
  • Article 4: All parties (birthdays, baptisms, communions), temporary marriage acts, traditional deaths, wakes and funerals with massive concentration of people are suspended temporarily, as well as activities of the leisure and amusement rooms, day and night (Fairs, discotheques , pubs, ,parks, public pools).

For the full transcript of this communication, please visit: https://www.guineaecuatorialpress.com/noticia.php?id=15109 

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