Last updated: 20 Apr 2018

Equatorial Guinea

About

Equatorial Guinea is a country of luscious vegetation and beautiful scenery, including tropical forests and snow-capped volcanoes. The capital, Malabo, is a rather rundown but attractive town, with pleasant Spanish colonial architecture, a striking volcanic setting and a lively market. The white-sand beaches around the islands are stunning.

Visit the town of Moca situated in the Moca valley in the southern highlands and learn the ways of the Bubi - the indigenous people of Bioko Island.

Bask on Arena Blanca, the only white beach on Bioko Island. During the dry season, thousands of butterflies can be seen. Take a trip to Bata, the principle town in the region of Rio Muni on the mainland. It is a lively town with a few restaurants, bars, hotels and markets.
Capital:  Malabo (SSG)
Currency:  Central African CFA Franc (XAF)
Language:  Spanish and French
Dialling code from SA:  + 240
Time Zones: UTC / GMT +1 (1 hour behind South Africa)
Public Holidays 2018: 

Jan 1, 2; Apr 14; May 1; Jun 5, 15; Aug 3, 15; Oct 12; Dec 8, 25

Side of the Road: Right
Best Time to go: December - February
Best For: Rare Wildlife, National Parks
Plugs: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style plugs with two round pins are used.
Drinking Water: All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Milk is unpasteurised. Bottled water is available, but check the seals (a popular scam is to collect empty bottles, fill them with tap water and attempt to reseal them).  The water provided in your hotel should be safe to drink.
Health: Medical facilities are very limited. It is advisable to carry basic medical supplies.   If you require any medication on your travels it is best to bring it with you, in the original packaging, with a signed and dated letter from your doctor detailing exactly what it is and why you need it. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage.
Customs: Normal social conventions should be observed. International travellers are rare and may be viewed with curiosity. 
Local Offences / Laws: Photographing military installations is illegal. 
Travel Tips / Warnings: Equatorial Guinea is a cash-only society, ATMs are not available.  Official corruption is common, and tourists are advised not to engage in bribing officials and to request an official citation. Carrying weapons, binoculars and radios and wearing camouflage clothing may be met with suspicion and result in confiscation or questioning.  Travellers should carry their passports.
Duty Free: The following goods may be imported into Equatorial Guinea without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of wine.
• 1L of spirits.

Issuing Authorities

Embassy of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea
48 Florence Street,
Colbyn, Pretoria, 0083
Tel: +27 (0) 12 342-9945 (Consular)
Fax:+27 (0) 12 342- 6469
Email: egembassy@telkomsa.net
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SA Representative

SA Embassy
Caracolas, Malabo
Postal Add:
P O Box 5, Malabo
Equatorial Guinea
Tel: + 240 333 099 522
Website: www.dirco.gov.za/malabo/

Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A & B, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio
  Malaria Risk