Foreign travel advice

Equatorial Guinea

Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel

It is illegal to travel abroad from the UK for holidays. Follow current COVID-19 rules where you live: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In England, you must have a permitted reason to travel abroad and complete the declaration form.

Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new social distancing rules with little warning. Check our advice for each country you will visit or transit through.

When you return, follow the rules to enter the UK from abroad (except from Ireland).


The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the whole of Equatorial Guinea based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

On 7 March 2021, there was a large explosion at a military camp in Bata which resulted in many deaths and injuries. British Nationals should avoid the area and follow instructions from the local police.

Travel to Equatorial Guinea is subject to entry restrictions

  • Equatorial Guinea has reopened its borders to nationals, residents, diplomats and visa holders travelling for business reasons or with government approval
  • Entry into Equatorial Guinea is prohibited for all passengers(including stopover flights) traveling from the UK
  • Restrictions on the number of flights are in place. National carriers are allowed two weekly flights and international carriers are permitted one weekly flight
  • Diplomatic missions and international organisations must submit a list of their personnel and/or family members travelling to Equatorial Guinea, in advance of arrival to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, confirming date of arrival, flight number and place of origin. On arrival, you will be required to provide proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, using a polymerase chain reaction (PRC) test, taken within the last 48 hours
  • All arriving passengers are also required to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test upon arrival
  • All passengers are then required to quarantine for 5 days, even if they test negative, and take a second test once the 5 days have passed
  • Those who test negative after the second test will be free to leave quarantine. Those who test positive will be transferred to a health centre allocated by the government and will be required to quarantine for a further 14 days
  • Authorities may withdraw passports from passengers if an invalid PCR test is presented

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to Equatorial Guinea.

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to Equatorial Guinea, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

Whilst borders are not fully open and international flights remain limited, the British High Commission in Yaoundé, Cameroon will only be able to provide limited consular support. See Return to the UK and Entry requirements

Be alert and take sensible personal security precautions. Roadblocks and unannounced identification checks are likely. Carry an appropriate form of identification (passport or residence permit) with you at all times. See Crime and Road travel

If you wish to travel outside Malabo on the island of Bioko, or outside Bata on the mainland, you will need to inform the local authorities in advance. See Local travel

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Equatorial Guinea, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism