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Staying in Malabo

06/04/2019

Accommodation

The city of Malabo offers a wide range of hotels and residence of every category, ensuring a pleasant stay for all visitors.

Health services

Health services in Equatorial Guinea comply with relevant standards??? and the African Development Bank can manage medical situations of all kinds. 
Health services during the 2019 Annual Meetings will be organized as follows:

  1. A medical centre to provide primary health care at the Sipopo Conference Center where services will be jointly provided by the Equatorial Guinea ambulance service and the African Development Bank medical centre.
  2. Medical centres with outstanding specialized care services have been identified. Everyone at the Sipopo Conference Center or in the main hotels accommodating participants in the Annual Meetings may access these facilities either directly or through the emergency ambulance services. Recommended hospitals and clinics: Guadalupe polyclinic, Inseso Loeri Comba polyclinic, Sipopo Conference Centre.
  3. In the event of a medical emergency after hours, the African Development Bank doctor can be contacted using a number available on the Annual Meetings website.
  4. The Annual Meetings are covered by five ambulances, one of which is positioned at the Sipopo Conference Centre.

Medical information

Travellers must have an international certificate of vaccination and vaccinations must be up to date before travelling to Equatorial Guinea.

Travellers are advised to visit their doctor at least one week before travelling for advice on necessary vaccinations and medical safety during the journey, particularly persons with ongoing treatment, to identify their needs at their destination and during activities.

Vaccine-preventable diseases

An unvaccinated traveller has an increased risk from diseases that could be dangerous or fatal. The following vaccinations are recommended for all adults, even if they do not regularly travel.

Strongly-recommended vaccinations

If for whatever reason you have not been vaccinated, or are allergic, bring an explanatory letter from your doctor.

  1. Yellow fever vaccination are mandatory for visitors from the countries of West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa and many transit countries require travellers to be vaccinated against yellow fever. We strongly recommend that all participants be up to date with their vaccination, which is valid for ten years. Yellow fever is transmitted through the Aedes mosquito bites.
  2. Poliomyelitis (polio) vaccination is recommended as a preventative measure.
  3. Useful Vaccinations, depending on individual risk:
  4. Viral hepatitis A: Exposure to hepatitis A can occur by ingesting contaminated food or water. A single dose of hepatitis A vaccine offers protection for six months; a series of two doses gives protection for longer (nearly 10 years)
  5. Viral hepatitis B: Exposure is through contact with blood or body fluids and/or contaminated materials or through unprotected sex. A single dose of hepatitis B vaccine offers protection for six months. Appropriate protection requires three doses spaced one month apart; this provides protection for 10 years or more.
  6. Typhoid: Exposure occurs through the ingestion of contaminated food or water. Typhoid vaccination is valid for three years.
  7. Tetanus can occur through accidents leading to open wounds or injuries.
  8. Rabies: Exposure may occur through animal bites.

Anti-malarial drugs

Malaria is present in Equatorial Guinea and transmitted by the bite of infected female Anopheles mosquitos, which are most likely to bite between dusk and dawn. To prevent exposure and provide appropriate care in the event of exposure:

  1. Malaria-prevention medications. Medical centres have drugs to be taken weekly (Mephaquin) or daily (Malarone). Visit the medical centres or see your healthcare professional for advice.
  2. Insect repellent (cream, lotion or spray) on exposed parts of the body. Wear long trousers and sleeves to prevent mosquito bites.
  3. Sleep in rooms with good air conditioning or use insecticide-treated mosquito nets.
  4. Remain indoors or use air conditioning when Mosquitoes are most likely to bite (dusk to dawn).
  5. Spray rooms with effective anti-flying-insect products.
  6. Antimalarial Chloroquine is not effective in Equatorial Guinea and will not prevent or treat malaria in this region.
  7. Consult a health professional immediately if you suspect the symptoms of malaria, which include, but are not limited to: fever, chills, sweats, headaches, muscle soreness, nausea, vomiting and fatigue. These symptoms occur at least seven to nine days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. See a doctor immediately if you develop a fever or illness during your journey.

Malaria can be treated successfully if diagnosed and managed effectively and early but can also lead to serious complications if treatment is delayed. Travellers can develop malaria up to one year after their return from a malaria area even with the use of the protective measures,. See a doctor without delay if you develop a fever in the year following your return and tell your doctor about your journey.

Other items to take with you on any trip:
  1. Prescribed daily medications. Ensure an adequate supply for your entire trip. Keep them in their original prescription packaging and in your hand luggage. Follow the security instruction if your medicines are liquids.
  2. Small quantities of medications for minor illnesses, such as pain, food poisoning, etc.

After your return

Continue to take your anti-malaria medication as prescribed by your doctor, as most of these drugs need to be taken for at least one week after leaving the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. If you feel unwell, see your doctor immediately and mention that you have recently travelled. Also tell your doctor if you have been bitten or scratched by an animal or have had any cuts or open wounds while you were travelling.

Further information

Further information may be obtained from the following web sites:

https://www.who.int/ith/ITH2010chapter1.pdf
https://www.who.int/ihr/ith_and_mass_gatherings/en/
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/equatorial-guinea?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-single-001

Getting around Malabo

Buses: Public transport service is available in Malabo.

Taxis: Malabo has many taxi companies. Vehicles have no meters making it advisable to negotiate the price of the journey before boarding.

Car hire: Malabo has several car rental companies including:

Bank branches

Malabo has several national and international banks. Major international banks have subsidiaries here.

Principal banks in Malabo

BANGE Banco Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial

Edificio Banca Privada C/ Naciones Unidas, 28, Malabo

ECOBANK

Avenida de la Independencia Apdo 268 Malabo

SGBGE Société Générale Guinée Equatoriale

Avenida de la Independencia, S/N 686 Malabo

CCEI Afriland First Group BankGE

Calle presidente Nasser, Apdo 428 Malabo Bioko Norte

BGFIBank

Carretera de Luba BP 749 Malabo Bioko Norte

In addition to the cash machines (ATMs) already in service in Malabo, the Société Générale de Banques de Guinée équatoriale will install additional ATMs in the following locations during the Annual Meetings:

  1. Airport
  2. Sipopo Conference Centre
  3. Sofitel Sipopo Hotel
  4. Ibis Hotel
  5. Hilton Hotel
  6. Hotel Anda China
  7. Hotel La Paz

Security

Always carry appropriate identification with you and cooperate with security forces at all checkpoints and during security operations. Annual Meetings badges will be required for access to the Conference Centre and for admission to meeting rooms, offices and all other facilities. All participants will have to pass through security screening stations to gain access to the conference facilities.

Attendees should be responsible for their personal security in and around Malabo, at the conference centre and their hotels. Participants are advised to check the security systems and information cards in their hotels. Security information is mounted on the doors of the hotel rooms. In case of emergency, stay calm and proceed to the nearest exit, do not use the elevators. While in your room it is advisable to keep your door locked and use the door viewer. If you are in doubt as to the identity of anyone trying to gain access to your room, please alert the hotel staff for clarification.

Violent crime levels are low in Equatorial Guinea, however petty theft is possible in Malabo. Crimes such as pick-pocketing, bag snatching, robberies and muggings targeting foreigners for their perceived wealth do occur. Beware of theft of items left inside vehicles and theft of valuable items left unattended at hotels. Visitors are also vulnerable to opportunistic crime when leaving bars, restaurants and other popular entertainment venues in Malabo. Visitors should arrange transport to and from such venues. There are no domestic terrorist groups in Equatorial Guinea and the country has no recent history of terrorism. The risk of international extremist groups targeting foreign interests in the country is negligible. Heavy rainfall in April-May and October-December sometimes cause localised flooding, do not try to cross floodwaters in any flooding situation either by foot or in a vehicle.

Emergency numbers

  • Police 113
  • Fire 115