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Last update 04 May 2022Diplomatic missions

Risk index

Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)

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Regular passport: visa not required

Diplomatic passport: visa not required

Official passport: visa not required

We recommend to the Bulgarian citizens to refrain from traveling!

Republic of Equatorial Guinea

 The Republic of Bulgaria does not have a functioning embassy in the capital of Equatorial Guinea - Malabo.  Bulgarian citizens residing in Equatorial Guinea for a short or long period of time may apply for consular services at the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Abuja, Nigeria

Address: 10 Euphrates Crescent, Maitama, Abuja

Tel .: + 234 9038600017; +234 8033078578

Phone only for emergencies only: +234 903 000 0275

Working hours: 9.00 - 17.30

Reception hours at the Consular Service: 09.00-12.00

E-mail: [email protected]

            [email protected]

Website: www.mfa.bg/embassies/nigeria

The Embassy of Equatorial Guinea in Moscow is accredited for Bulgaria.

Embassy of Equatorial Guinea in Moscow

Address: Moscow 119017, Pogorelsky Per.  7, Blgd 1

Tel./fax: +7 495 953 2766; +7 492766;

Honorary Consul of Equatorial Guinea in Bulgaria

Mr. Vladimir KISOV

Plovdiv 4000, 6A Slivnitsa Str., 1st floor

Tel: +359 2 888 704 027

Fax: +359 32 650 599

Email: [email protected]

General information

Local currency

Central African Franc (CFA franc)

Credit cards can only be used at the offices of some major airlines (AirFrance, Iberia and Lufthansa).  There are few ATMs only in the capital Malabo and in the economic center - Bata.  Paying by international credit and/or debit cards is not very common.

Crime and security

Do not travel to the northern part of the country, near the border with Cameroon, where armed groups and criminal gangs operate.

The political situation in the country is calm, but you should keep in mind that during certain events (such as spontaneous demonstrations) there may be an increased presence of police, military and security forces on the streets, which is not always announced in advance.  If you do not present your personal documents upon request, you may be arrested.

The threat of terrorism is not high, but the growing global threat of terrorist acts, which are often directed against foreigners, should be taken into account.

The criminality level in Equatorial Guinea is not high compared to neighbouring countries.

However, there have been reports of isolated attacks on collectively hired taxis.  It is advisable not to hire taxis with strangers, especially at night.

Customs requirements

In Equatorial Guinea, you can import or export up to $ 4,000 or local currency equivalent which should be declared.

The import of alcohol is prohibited.

Legislation

Drug use and possession is usually punishable by imprisonment.

It is strictly forbidden to photograph the Presidential Palace, ports, airports and military sites, for which you can be arrested.  Permission from the Ministry of Information and Tourism is required to photograph any other sites.

Always carry a photocopy of your personal documents with you. The lack of such during inspection leads to detention.

Traffic on the roads

The roads in the capital Malabo are paved, but the road network in the province is not well maintained.

In many places there are checkpoints where you are required to present ID documents upon request and to explain the reason for your stay in this area.  If you do not follow the rules, you may be detained.

Travel outside the capital Malabo requires a permit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Authorities often close borders.  Find out about the current situation before traveling by car.

Healthcare

Medical care in the country does not meet European standards.

Common diseases in Equatorial Guinea are malaria, cholera and diseases caused by contaminated water, with about 5% of the population living with AIDS.

Travel papers and visas

It is mandatory to present a certificate for vaccine against yellow fever and polio.

International passport, which must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry into the country.

Bulgarian citizens traveling to Equatorial Guinea (holders of ordinary, official and diplomatic passports) need a visa, which they can obtain at the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea in Moscow.  Holders of diplomatic passports can obtain a visa at any Embassy of Equatorial Guinea.

Your passport must have at least one full blank page in order for the entry visa for the country to be affixed to it.  There should be no previous visa on the back of this page other than border control stamps.

Practical advice

Be careful when eating fruits and vegetables - after washing do not eat immediately, but leave in the sun for 10-15 minutes.

Water should be boiled or bottled.

Although there are no relevant prohibitions in the legislation, traditional society in Equatorial Guinea is stereotyped towards demonstrating sexual orientation.

Travelling with children

There are no special requirements, but it is recommended that children travel with their own passports.

Competitive service

Certifications and legalizations

In order to be valid in Bulgaria, all documents issued by the competent authorities of Equatorial Guinea to Bulgarian citizens should be stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Equatorial Guinea. They should then be certified either by the Bulgarian Embassy in Abuja (in which case prior certification by the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea in Abuja is required) or by the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea in Moscow (in this case the certifications of the Consular Section of the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea is also to be certified by the Bulgarian Embassy in Moscow).

Thereafter, the documents must be translated into Bulgarian by an authorized Translation Agency in Bulgaria, and the translation certified by the Department of Certification and Legalization of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria.

European Emergency Travel Document

In some cases - in case of damage, loss or stolen passport, Bulgarian citizens can apply for a European Emergency Travel Document (ETD) before an embassy of an EU Member State in the capital Malabo.

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