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Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea
Republic of Equatorial Guinea
Exercise increased caution in Equatorial Guinea due to crime and health.

Exercise increased caution in Equatorial Guinea due to crime and health.  

Country Summary: While not common, crime - such as robbery - remains a concern throughout Equatorial Guinea. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to more serious crimes. Police and military checkpoints are common throughout the country and can restrict freedom of movement. The borders may close without notice. It is recommended to always travel with your passport and valid visa.

Medical services in Equatorial Guinea fall well below U.S. standards and there are no adequate trauma services in the country. Ambulance services are not present throughout the country. Even relatively minor health problems may necessitate a medical evacuation at the traveler’s expense. Medical evacuation insurance valid for travel to Equatorial Guinea is strongly recommended.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Equatorial Guinea.

If you decide to travel to Equatorial Guinea:

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Hague Convention Participation

Hague Adoption Convention Country?
No
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Intercountry adoptions to the United States from Equatorial Guinea and from the United States to Equatorial Guinea are possible.

Hague Convention Information

Equatorial Guinea is not a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention or Convention). 

The Judicial Secretary at the Family Court at the Ministry of Justice confirmed that intercountry adoption is not allowed from Equatorial Guinea to the United States. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Equatorial Guinea who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should contact Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Justice, Religious Affairs, and Penitentiary Institutions.  See contact information below.

Please visit the Department of State’s country page for more information on travelling to Equatorial Guinea and the U.S. Embassy Malabo’s website for information on consular services.

Contact Information

EQUATORIAL GUINEA’S COMPETENT AUTHORITY:

Equatorial Guinea does not have a designated adoption authority. We encourage you to consult with the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea to the United States for information on how to proceed and with the Ministry of Justice, Religious Affairs, and Penitentiary Institutions.

Embassy of Equatorial Guinea
2020 16th Street, NW, Washington DC 20009
Tel: (202) 518-5700
Fax: (202) 518-5252
Email: secretary@egembassydc.com
Internet: egembassydc.com

U.S. Embassy in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Address: U.S. Embassy Malabo
Malabo II Highway (between the headquarters of Sonagas and the offices of the United Nations)
Tel: (+240) 333 09 57 41
Email: MalaboConsular@state.gov
Internet: gq.usembassy.gov

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
SA-17
Washington, DC 20520
Tel: 1-888-407-4747
E-mail: Adoption@state.gov
Internet: adoption.state.gov

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about filing a Form I-600A application or a Form I-600 petition:

USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC)
Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1- 913-275-5480 (local); Fax:1- 913-21-5808
Email: NBC.Adoptions@uscis.dhs.gov

For general questions about immigration procedures:
USCIS Contact Center
1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
Internet: uscis.gov

Last Updated: March 6, 2020

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Malabo
Carretera Malabo II
Malabo, Guinea Ecuatorial
Telephone
+(240) 333-095-741
Emergency
+(240) 555-516-008
Fax
No Fax

Equatorial Guinea Map