Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Authorities implement significant travel restrictions in Equatorial Guinea from March 15 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This alert affects Equatorial Guinea

This alert began 14 Mar 2020 12:01 GMT and is scheduled to expire 14 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through mid-April
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Equatorial Guinea have announced significant restrictions from March 15 for 30 days to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In a statement issued March 12, the government indicated that they would close all land, sea, and air borders. Authorities will make exceptions for commercial goods, while a handful of airlines, including Air France (AF) and Turkish Airlines (TK), will be allowed to operate one flight per week.

Officials are advising local nationals to avoid travel abroad. Authorities will quarantine travelers arriving in the country for 14 days but make exceptions for persons obtaining clearance from local authorities. Domestic travel is restricted; however, the exact measures are unclear. The government has urged the postponement of public gatherings. All Equatorial Guinea diplomatic missions abroad will suspend the issuance of entry visas.

All restrictions and recommendations are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews.

Background and Analysis
COVID-19, which originated in China's Wuhan City in Hubei Province, has been declared a pandemic by the WHO. As of March 13, there have been no confirmed cases in Equatorial Guinea.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Carry proper identification documents to present at security checks. Heed all official advisories and remain nonconfrontational if stopped by authorities. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays and possibly result in quarantine. Carry proper identification documents to present at security checks. Shipping disruptions may occur; consider delaying or rerouting shipments.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.