Security Message for U.S. Citizens: EG Legislative Elections on November 12, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Malabo informs U.S. citizens of upcoming legislative elections scheduled for November 12, 2017.  Regional electoral districts in Equatorial Guinea include: Bata, Mbini, Ebebiyin, Mongomo, Rebola, Luba, Moeri, Baneye, Riaba, Moka, Ureka, and Downtown Malabo.

Equatoguinean authorities are likely to increase security throughout the country during the electoral period.  There is presently no reason to believe that U.S. citizens would be specifically targeted in the event of electoral violence.

Land borders may be closed and air travel may be suspended on the day of the election as well as some days before and after the elections.

U.S. citizens should be aware that they may experience disruptions or added inconveniences during this time.  They should maintain an increased level of security awareness during the electoral period, and exercise caution around political rallies, polling centers, demonstrations, and crowds of any kind.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Be vigilant 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.  Regular business hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The emergency number for the U.S. Embassy 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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