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Republic of Equatorial Guinea

 

The Republic of Bulgaria has no embassy in Malabo. In relation to consular matters, Bulgarian citizens staying for shorter or longer time in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea can address the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Address: 10 Euphrates st., Off Aminu Kano Crescent, Maitama, Abuja
Telephone: +234 9 413 00 34; +234 9 672 43 59 – 10.00 -16.00h GMT+2 
Fax: +234 9 413 27 41
Office hours: 09.00 - 12.30 h
Consular department
Telephone: +234 9 670 99 86
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: www.mfa.bg/embassies/nigeria

The Embassy of Equatorial Guinea in Moscow has been accredited for Bulgaria.

Embassy of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in Moscow, Russian Federation
Address: Moscow 119017, Pogorelsky Per.7, Blgd 1
Telephone: +7 495 953 2766; +7 495 953 3563
Fax: +7 495 953 2766; +7 495 953 3563

Honorary Consul of Equatorial Guinea in Bulgaria

Vladimir KISYOV

4000 Plovdiv, 6A rue Slivnitsa, ét. 1

Tél.: +359 32 650 599

GSM: +359 888 704 027

E-mail: [email protected]

[email protected]

General information

general information

Local currency

Central African frank (XAF)

Credit cards can be used only in offices of some major airlines (Air France, Iberia and Lufthansa). There is a limited number of cash machines, only in the capital city of Malabo. Not all of them, however, accept international credit and debit cards.

Crime and security

When travelling to Equatorial Guinea special precautions must be taken for your own safety.

During the recent years the political situation in the country is a bit more stable but you should be aware of the fact that some political events could lead to intensive actions in the streets on the part of police, military units and security bodies which actions are not always announced in advance. If you fail to provide your ID documents on demand you could be arrested.

Threats of terrorist attacks are not so frequent but you should consider the increasing general threats of terrorist attacks that are often addressed to foreigners.

The rate of crimes in Equatorial Guinea is not high compared to that of its neighbouring countries.

Cases, however, have been reported about attacks in shared cabs hired with the purpose of robbery.  It is recommended not to share a taxi with people you do not know, especially during night hours.

In Equatorial Guinea, there are cases  of armed attacks against merchant ships sailing in the Guinea Bay. Sailing close to the country coast line shall be done with an extreme attention!

Law specifics

The use and possession of drugs is usually sanctioned by imprisonment.

Taking pictures of the presidential palace, ports, airports and military sites is strictly forbidden and you may be arrested for that. In order to take pictures of any other sites a permit from the Ministry of Information and Tourism is required.

Manifestation of homosexual orientation is not tolerated and some of them are punished by law.

Always carry with you copies of your ID documents. In case of an identification, the absence of such photocopies may lead to your arrest.

Road traffic

Roads in the capital Malabo are paved, though the road network of the province has not been well maintained.

There are many check points where you are obliged to provide your ID documents on demand and to explain the reason for your visit to that region. In case of non-observation of  the regulations, you may be detained.

In order to travel outside the capital Malabo, you need a permit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Authorities often close the borders. Seek information about the actual situation before setting on a car trip.

Healthcare

Medical services in the country do not correspond to the European standards.

There are frequent cases of malaria, cholera and diseases caused by polluted water in Equatorial Guinea and about 5 % оf its population are HIV positive.

Travel papers and visas

 

An international passport that has to be valid for at least six months after entering the country.

Vaccination against yellow fever is recommended.

Up-to-date information about the required vaccines could be obtained from the National Centre for Infectious and Parasite Diseases, telephone number: + 359 2 944 69 99 / 221.

Bulgarian citizens travelling to Equatorial Guinea (holders of ordinary, business and diplomatic passports) need visas that can be obtained from the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea in Moscow.

Practical advice

Avoid places of public meetings or demonstrations.

Don’t travel to the north parts of the country, close to the border with Senegal where armed groups and criminal gangs are operating.

We recommend strict personal hygiene. Be especially careful when consuming fresh vegetables and fruits.

Water must be boiled or bought in bottles.

Avoid travelling around the country without being accompanied by a local representative.

It is recommended not to go out after sunset.

Driving a car shall take place only on the country main road network.

Hiring a taxi for travelling outside the capital city is not the safest option.

Traveling of children

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

Competitive service

Certifications and legalisations

In order to be acknowledged in Bulgaria and to be accepted by Bulgarian institutions, all documents issued to Bulgarian citizens by the competent authorities of Equatorial Guinea must bear the stamp of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Equatorial Guinea. Then they have to be certified by the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea in Moscow. The Consular department at the Bulgarian Embassy in Moscow certifies the stamps of the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea in the Russian capital.

Thus certified, the documents must be translated into Bulgarian by a certified translation in Bulgaria. Then the translated version must be legalised by the “Legalisations and Certifications” sector at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Emergency Travel Document

In emergency cases – damaged, lost or stolen passports Bulgarian citizens can apply before the Embassy of an EU member state in Malabo for obtaining an Emergency Travel Document.

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