A country that is known for oil wealth and black and white sandy shores, Equatorial Guinea may not be the first country you think of if you’re planning an African vacation, but it has a lot more to offer than most people realize. A central African nation that is located near the equator on the western coast on the Gulf of Guinea, the country has rainforests filled with endangered species, fishing villages, white sand beaches and jungle adventures.
Whether you plan to spend your time exploring or taking in the sights in the country’s larger cities such as Malabo or Bata, having access to travel assistance through dependable travel insurance allows you to put your mind at ease and enjoy your trip to the fullest.
Travel information for trips to Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea has strict entry requirements. To enter the country, you must present a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the date of your departure. Tourist and business visas are required. In addition, all travellers visiting for tourist purposes must have a police clearance certificate. An HIV test certificate may also be required.
Always be aware of your surroundings. Be on high alert for the possibility of petty crime and do not walk alone at night. Pirate attacks are possible in coastal waters and farther out at sea.
Photography is prohibited in many areas, and it is best to obtain a permit before taking photos. An international driving permit is recommended if you plan to drive during your stay.
The currency is the Central African CFA franc (XAF), and currency can be exchanged at local banks. Credit cards and traveller’s cheques are not accepted. Spanish, French and Portuguese are the official languages, but Pidgin English, Fang, Bubi, Annobon and Ndowe are also commonly spoken.
The best time of the year to visit Equatorial Guinea is during the dry season, which lasts from December to February. The country has a tropical climate year-round.
Top destinations to visit in Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea offers travellers a number of travel experiences. You can spend your time in the city, on the beach or exploring. If you want to explore the city, visit the capital, Malabo, as well as Bata, a great place for shopping at local markets.
If you want to spend your time by the water, check out Bioko Island’s beaches, as well as Ureca, where you can see sea turtles lay their eggs. Other places to visit include Monte Alén National Park, home to tropical rainforests filled with chimpanzees, gorillas and elephants; Moca Valley; and Bioko to learn about local wildlife.
Travel insurance for Equatorial Guinea
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|Population (2012):||736,296||34,754,312 (2012)|
|Currency:||Equatorial Guinean peseta|
|Official language(s):||Spanish, French, Portuguese|
|Diesel :||1.23 (2012)|
|Gasoline :||1.23 (2013)|