Equatorial Guinea

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Equatorial Guinea

Welcome to Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea quietly awaits your visit, biding its time before being given the chance to showcase its gorgeous natural landscapes, colorful cities and abundant wildlife.

In the capital of Malabo, set on Bioko Island, admire colonial architecture, the Cathedral of Santa Isabel and Spanish-style casitas. Venture out of the city to white-sand beaches, jungles and forests. Meet endangered primates in Monte Alen National Park or elephants in Altos de Nsork. Explore the Moca Valley and meet the Buki tribe that makes the area’s cloud-topped peaks their home.

In Evinayong, shop alongside the local residents at the market, full of produce picked directly from the surrounding fields. And in Mbini, treat yourself to some of the country’s famed seafood.

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Unique Facts

  • Equatorial Guinea’s capital is not on the mainland – instead, Malabo is on an island off the coast.
  • The country is the third-largest oil exporter in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Equatorial Guinea is the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa.
  • The country’s name comes from being close to both the equator and the Gulf of Guinea.
  • The tiny country is home to Monte Alen National Park, where you can find gorillas, leopards, elephants and chimpanzees.

Language

Equatorial Guinea’s official languages are Spanish, Portuguese and French.

When To Go

The best time to go to Equatorial Guinea is from December to February. Heavy rainfall occurs most of the year.

Airports

Malabo Airport

Passport Validity

Passport must be valid for six months beyond arrival date.

Visa Required By US Citizen?

None for stays of up to 90 days

Vaccinations

The CDC recommends the following vaccine for all travelers when visiting Equatorial Guinea: Measles and routine vaccinations. Most travelers should receive Hepatitis A, Malaria, Yellow Fever and Typhoid vaccines. Depending on where you are traveling, you may also need Hepatitis B and Rabies vaccines.

Electrical Outlets

Power plugs and sockets: types C and E. Standard voltage: 220V. Frequency: 50Hz.

Currency

Official local currency: Central African CFA Franc

Getting Around

Be aware of pedestrians and livestock on the roadways.

The public transportation options in Equatorial Guinea are not reliable or safe. It is best to avoid taxis. Rental cars are available at the airport.

Driver’s License

An international driving permit is required.

US Embassy Info

U.S. Embassy Malabo
Carretera Malabo II
Malabo, Guinea Ecuatorial
Telephone: +(240) 333-095-741
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +240 555-516-008
MalaboConsular@state.gov

Local Visitor Info

Tourist Office
3 de Agosto street, 656
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
info@ruta47.com

Local Emergency Phone Numbers

Fire: 115
Police: 113

Safety and Security

The crime rate is low in Equatorial Guinea. There is an increasing number of attacks against women. Avoid taking a taxi alone and dark alleys and remote locations.

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