Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

Location:  Malabo

Event:  As a reminder, on April 14, the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea extended the COVID-19 containment measures through the end of the month, encouraging people to stay at home for all but critical functions.  In addition, the new decree prohibited people from circulating freely, noting that “all districts are being placed in quarantine, prohibiting the circulation or flow of people or vehicles from one district to another.”

Per the decree:  The complete isolation of all people is ordered, so that going out into the street is completely prohibited, except in situations of urgent need or force majeure, such as going to the health center, market or pharmacy, and to work, in which case they must wear face masks and gloves at all times, and carry credentials issued by the President of Neighborhood Community authorizing the movement, which will be issued free of charge.

All companies are urged to provide their employees with accreditations justifying their exit and entry in order to attend their jobs. 

Expect an increased police presence throughout the city.

Actions to Take:

  • Be prepared for road closures and plan alternate routes as needed.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events.
  • Do not physically resist police search of vehicles or person.
  • Carry proper identification, including a U.S. passport with visa, if applicable.
  • Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible.