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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Malabo (Equatorial Guinea), Protests in Malabo & Bata on July 28

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The U.S. Embassy in Malabo has learned that a protest was called for July 28 in front of the Ministry of Interior in Malabo and by the Plaza de la Libertad in Bata.  This protest has not been approved by the government. 

The protest is expected to be peaceful.  However, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.

For further information:

 

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Equatorial Guinea.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Malabo, located on the Malabo II highway, between the headquarters of Sonagas and the United Nations.  Regular business hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is +240 555 516 008.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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