Holiday Security Reminder

The U.S. Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and bolster their personal security on and around the Equatoguinean public holidays of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

The U.S. Embassy advises all U.S. citizens to be particularly vigilant around places of worship; locations where large crowds may gather; government facilities; and areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers during the upcoming holidays.  U.S. citizens should expect additional police and military checkpoints, additional security, and possible road blocks and/or border closures throughout the country during the holiday weekend.

Additionally, U.S. citizens should note that the Government of Equatorial Guinea usually restricts the operation of motor vehicles without prior authorization from the government.  U.S. citizens are also reminded to be vigilant in their homes and when traveling to guard against heightened robbery and home invasions during this time period.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further information:

         See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Equatorial Guinea Country Specific Information.

         Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

         Contact the U.S. Embassy in Malabo, located on the Malabo II highway, between the headquarters of Sonagas and the United Nations at (+240) 333 095 741.  Regular business hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m on Fridays.  The after-hours number is (+240) 555 516 008.

         Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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