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Equatorial Guinea Travel Guide

Equatorial Guinea — Visas and Vaccinations

US citizens do not need a visa to enter Equatorial Guinea, but they should have two passport photos, two visa applications, proof of cholera, yellow fever, and small pox vaccinations, and a bank statement proving that they have at least US $2,000 (minimum) in a personal account. More information about entry and exit requirements can be found at Travel.State.Gov, which is run by the Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Health and Safety

All travelers are advised to get complete medical insurance with emergency repatriation. Water should be boiled before being used to make ice, brush your teeth or drink. Diarrhea-related diseases are common in Equatorial Guinea, as well as hepatitis E, B, schistosomiasis (bilharzia), and dengue fever. Travelers should wear protective clothing and apply bug spray on exposed areas of the skin to prevent mosquito bites. Avoid swimming in fresh water. During the dry season, meningococcal meningitis becomes widespread.

Those who have a camera should get a permit from the Ministry of Information and Tourism to take picutures and choose your subjects well. Taking photos of military bases, ports, airports, the presidential palace, and other sensitive places may lead to imprisonment. Travelers who want to visit the island of Bioko from Malabo or outside Bata should tell the Protocol Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, and Francophonie about their plans as a precaution.

Terrorism threats are low, but indiscriminate attacks may occur against civilians and foreigners. Petty robbery is also common. If you are planning a trip, get in touch with the embassy or consulate for the latest travel warnings about Equatorial Guinea. It is also advisable to join organized tours to avoid an unpleasant situation when passing through military checkpoints.

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