Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (March 29, 2020)

Event:  The Equatorial Guinea Ministry of Public Health has confirmed thirteen cases of COVID-19 in Equatorial Guinea.

As you know the Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19 on March 19, 2020.  The U.S Embassy Malabo continues to urge those American citizens who want to return to the United States to depart as soon as a flight is made available.  If you prefer to remain in Equatorial Guinea, you should be prepared to stay for an indefinite period of time.

Due to the closer of the international airport, the U.S. Embassy Malabo is currently working on arranging repatriation flights back to the United States. In the event that opportunity becomes available, we are asking you to let us know now if you are interested in being added to that list.  If flights become available and you choose not to accept the flights, we will not be able to guarantee any future flights.

Be advised that if you are living on the mainland, Cronos Airlines, per the instruction of the Government of Equatorial Guinea has suspended all domestic flights effective immediately for the prevention of the spread of Corona Virus (COVID-19).  The Turkish government closed its airspace as of midnight on March 28 and several other airlines have begun to limit flights through their countries in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

As previously indicated, for those who wish to return to the United States, the Embassy strongly urges you to explore your options to return as soon as a flight is made available, as there is no guarantee that the U.S. government will be able to arrange a future evacuation flight.

If interested in being added to a list of U.S. citizens wishing to leave Equatorial Guinea, please send an email to malaboConsular@state.gov with the subject line “Return Travel to the U.S.”  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

We will contact you if a repatriation flight is obtained and provide you with logistical information, including its cost per seat.  It is important to note that these seats are traditionally offered at-charge on a first-come, first-serve basis to U.S. citizens and, space permitting, for qualifying non-citizen dependents.

Private American citizens seeking to depart are required to sign a promissory note and will be billed at a later date for the cost of the flight.

  • 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 websiteon 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.
  • Interested parties should verify that their passports and other documentation are current and valid for at least six months from today’s date.  For emergency American Citizen Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information at https://gq.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/.
  • For the most current information regarding COVID-19, the March 11 and March 14 Presidential Proclamations and their impact on travel to the United States, please visit www.coronavirus.gov,www.dhs.gov/coronavirus and www.whitehouse.gov/.

 

Actions to Take:

 

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy/Consulate Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

Carretera Malabo II, (between the headquarters of
Sonagas and the offices of the United Nations)

(+240) 333 09 57 41

malaboconsular@state.gov

https://gq.usembassy.gov/

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