The Department of State issues state-of-the-art passports incorporating a photo-digitized image and other enhanced security features to all American citizens, whether they apply in the US or overseas. The Department of State achieves this goal by issuing all full-validity passports at a domestic U.S. passport facility. The processing time to receive a full validity passport from the US issuing facility is approximately two to three weeks. American citizens are encouraged to apply early when renewing expiring passports. In most cases, a full validity passport will be issued for the following lengths of time: Minor under 16 years of age – 5 Year Passports and 16 years of age and older – 10 year Passports.


Adults/ Minor /CRBA: For an appointment for a U.S. passport or a Certificate of Report of Birth Abroad for a minor under the age of 18 born abroad, please visit the following link:


As of February 1, 2008 all passport applications for children under 16 years of age must comply with the following requirements:

  • Both parents must execute and sign the passport application, form DS-11, in person before the authorized consular personnel at the Consular Section.
  • The child must also be present at the time of the passport application.
  • The child’s original birth certificate, showing the parents’ names, must be presented each time. Both parents will have to present valid photo identification documents (passport or resident card).
  • One 2” x 2” (5x5cm) color photographs, full face looking forward, (no plastic photos accepted), taken within the last 6 months with a light, plain background, size as shown below.  Applicants may not wear sunglasses, hats, hair bands or anything on their heads.If only one parent executes the application, that parent must provide documentary evidence that he/she:
    • Has Sole Custody (Custodia y Patria Potestad) of the child, or is the child’s legal guardian; or
    • Has the notarized written consent, Form DS-3053, of the other parent to the issuance of the passport; the written consent must be in English and must indicate the parent’s unequivocal consent to passport issuance. It can be executed before a U.S. or foreign notary. A copy of the absent parent’s photo identification must also be submitted. The Embassy will accept this only when one of the parents is outside of Equatorial Guinea or is physically incapable of coming personally; or
  • Is “in loco parentis” and has the notarized written consent of both parents, of a parent with sole custody over the child, or of the child’s legal guardian, to the issuance of the passport. Again the photo identification of a parent authorizing someone to apply “in loco parentis” must be submitted.

Forms: Forms related to the passport application are available through the U.S. Department of State’s website, at, or in the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Malabo.

IMPORTANT: Every American citizen entering/exiting Equatorial Guinea must have a valid U.S. passport to enter/leave the country. A U.S. passport also serves as proof of U.S. citizenship and is commonly accepted as an official identity document.

For more information, see the U.S. Embassy in Malabo website at  or e-mail us at with your questions.