Equatorial Guinea

Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens exercise increased caution in travel to Equatorial Guinea. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in this country.


Passport/Visa Requirements

US citizens should make sure their passport will not expire for at least 6 months after they enter the country even if they do not intend to stay that long. They should also make sure they have at least 2 blank pages in their passport for any entry stamp that will be required. A visa is not required as long as you do not stay in the country more than 89 days.

US Embassy/Consulate

[240] 333 09 57 41; US Embassy in Malabo, Malabo II Highway, (between the Headquarters of Sonagas and the offices of the United Nations), Malabo, Guinea Equatorial; https://gq.usembassy.gov/; Malaboconsular@state.gov

LGBTQIA+ Travelers

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) travelers can face unique challenges when traveling abroad. Laws and attitudes in some countries may affect safety and ease of travel. Legal protections vary from country to country. Many countries do not legally recognize same-sex marriage. Approximately seventy countries consider consensual same-sex sexual relations a crime, sometimes carrying severe punishment.


Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

Ambulance 112; General 114; Police 116


The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Equatorial Guinea: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.



Tropical; always hot, humid

Currency (Code)

Cooperation Financiere en Afrique Central francs (Central African CFA franc, XAF)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

220 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): C, E

Plug Type CPlug Type E

Major Languages

Spanish 67%, other (includes Fang, Bubi, Portuguese, French) 32.4%

Major Religions

Nominally Christian and predominantly Roman Catholic, Protestant

Time Difference

UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Potable Water

Opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Malabo; Monte Alén National Park; Cascades of Moca; Bioko Island; Bata

Major Sports

Soccer, swimming

Cultural Practices

In some groups, if greeting someone with higher status, it is customary to bow slightly so that your head is lower than theirs.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is not expected in most restaurants and hotels except at establishments frequented by expatriates. Guides and private drivers also appreciate a tip of around 10%.


Traditional African cloth; soapstone, ivory, and wood carvings; woven baskets, tribal masks

Traditional Cuisine

Succotash — a salad-like dish consisting of corn, lima beans, sweet peppers, tomatoes, and other vegetables sautéed in butter

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Monday, September 18, 2023