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Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea: At a glance

Capital: Malabo

Population: 1.26 million

Official languages: French, Spanish, Portuguese

Time zone: West Africa Standard Time

Emergency #: 3101

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Equatorial Guinea: Travel Health Information

Equatorial Guinea is known for its natural landscapes, wildlife, and Spanish colonial architecture. Travellers can enjoy several beaches that are largely untouched and nature reserves teaming with chimpanzees, gorillas, and elephants.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Equatorial Guinea may differ from your home country. Equatorial Guinea has public and private healthcare options. A government-focus on healthcare in recent years has meant that healthcare infrastructure and access have improved. Access in urban areas is generally good, but is limited in rural areas and the quality of care is basic. Public hospitals are more widely available than private hospitals and are more affordable, but the quality of care may not be as good.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Equatorial Guinea require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to South Africa may be required for medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Equatorial Guinea.

Pharmacies and medications

Pharmacies in urban areas are generally accessible and well-stocked, but the availability of medicines outside of major cities is limited. Shortages of Pharmacists usually do not speak English so prescriptions should be obtained from a local doctor or in Spanish.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Equatorial Guinea’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Road quality in Equatorial Guinea has improved significantly in recent years, but roads may still vary by region. Outside of urban areas, travellers may encounter military roadblocks. Seat belts are required for drivers and passengers of vehicles at all times.



Equatorial Guinea: At a glance

Capital: Malabo

Population: 1.26 million

Official languages: French, Spanish, Portuguese

Time zone: West Africa Standard Time

Emergency #: 3101

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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