Online Visa in Equatorial Guinea

Online Visa in Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea has implemented the electronic visa, replacing the visa granted at embassies starting from July 1, 2023. This new system requires all nationalities to apply for their visa online, with a cost of 50 USD plus 25 USD (plus taxes) for management fees. However, it is important to note that the visa approval is subject to the exclusive discretion of the Immigration authority, and the issuance of the E-visa does not guarantee entry to Equatorial Guinea. The final decision rests with the immigration officer at the border.

Equatorial Guinea, a country located in Central Africa with a population of approximately 1.4 million people, has significant potential for tourism and business due to its stunning beaches, lush rainforests, rich culture, and abundant natural resources. However, for many years, the lack of an efficient and user-friendly visa system has hindered the flow of tourists and businessmen into the country.

In this article, we will present to you the benefits of the online visa for your tourism trip to Equatorial Guinea, giving you the opportunity to explore all the wonders that this country has to offer.

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In this article, we bring you the opportunity to learn about the benefits of the online visa for your tourism trip to Equatorial Guinea.

What is an electronic visa?

The electronic visa is like the online version of obtaining a visa. You can apply for it from the comfort of your couch through a government website. You only need to complete an online form, attach the required documents, and make the corresponding payment. Once the government of Equatorial Guinea reviews your application, they will send you an electronic visa directly to your email. No more waiting in long queues or wasting time on cumbersome procedures! Just print your electronic visa and take it with you when you travel to the country. It is the easiest and most modern way to obtain your permission to enjoy Equatorial Guinea. Ready to explore hassle-free!

evisa Equatorial Guinea

Will Equatorial Guinea have an electronic visa or visa on arrival?

We have a feeling that there is some confusion regarding the type of visa that will be implemented in Equatorial Guinea. First and foremost, Equatorial Guinea will implement the electronic visa, not the visa on arrival.

What are the benefits of the electronic visa for Equatorial Guinea?

The implementation of the electronic visa brings several benefits to Equatorial Guinea. Firstly, it simplifies the visa application process, making it easier and faster for tourists and business travelers to enter the country. No longer is it necessary to go through tedious and costly procedures at embassies or consulates, saving travelers time and money.

Secondly, the electronic visa enhances control and security in Equatorial Guinea. The online application allows for a more thorough review of documents and a stricter verification of applicants’ identities. This contributes to better control over who enters the country, strengthening border security and protection.

Furthermore, the electronic visa has a positive impact on the country’s economy. Equatorial Guinea is experiencing growth in the tourism sector, and the implementation of the electronic visa can attract a larger number of tourists. This, in turn, can generate additional income through tourism, contributing to the country’s economic development and creating employment opportunities.

When will I be able to travel to Equatorial Guinea with an online visa?

The million-dollar question, and it’s already resolved!

On July 16, 2022, Equatorial Guinea strengthened ties with VFS GLOBAL, a company providing online visa services. And now we know when it will be effective. On June 15, 2023, Equatorial Guinea announced the launch of the electronic visa system, starting from July 1, 2023.

This is great news for the country as the implementation of this alternative facilitates and promotes tourism in Equatorial Guinea.

How to apply for an electronic visa for Equatorial Guinea?

Here are the steps to follow to obtain your electronic visa:

Step 1: Submit your details and documents.

The first thing you need to do is visit the VFS Online website and register. Select your country based on your passport. If you have dual nationality, choose the nationality of the passport you will use for your trip. Remember! The passport you use for the application must be the same one you will take with you to Equatorial Guinea. If they do not match, your electronic visa will not be valid.

It is important that your passport has a validity of at least 30 days from your arrival in Equatorial Guinea. Additionally, ensure that there is at least one blank page for the Immigration Officer to stamp. Only regular passports are accepted as valid travel documents to apply for an E-Visa.

If you are applying for a visa for your family, no problem! You can create a joint application for a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 applicants. Make sure to provide accurate information that matches your passport data. If there is any discrepancy, your E-Visa will not be valid, and you will not be able to request a refund. Once VFS Online processes the electronic visa, you will not be able to make changes to the provided information.

Step 2: Pay the fee online.

After providing all the necessary details, you will need to make the payment for the fee through the “Payment Gateway” on the VFS Online website. They accept cards such as MasterCard, Visa, Union Pay, WeChat, or Alipay. It doesn’t matter if the card is not in your name; just make sure it has the “3D Secure” system enabled and that you can make international transactions.

Step 3: Download your electronic visa.

If the fee payment is successful and VFS Online processes your application, you will receive a PDF file with the decision of your E-Visa. Download it and print a copy to carry with you during your trip. We also recommend saving a copy on your mobile phone, just in case!

Remember to follow these steps carefully and provide accurate and valid information. If you have any doubts or need additional assistance, visit the VFS Online website or contact them directly for guidance. They are there to assist you!

What will happen upon your arrival in Equatorial Guinea?

When traveling by plane, you can use the E-Visa facility exclusively at Malabo International Airport. Make sure to carry the following documents with you and present them at the immigration counter for visa endorsement:

  • Passport: Ensure you have a valid passport with at least 180 days of validity from the date you plan to enter Equatorial Guinea.
  • Copy of the valid E-Visa.
  • Proof of accommodation in Equatorial Guinea, such as a hotel voucher or proof of family residence.

Remember, the immigration officer may ask for additional information or documents, such as a copy of your return flight ticket or hotel reservations. Have them readily available just in case.

When you reach the immigration counters, simply follow these easy steps:

  1. Proceed to the exclusive lane for visas and go to the Visa counter in the immigration area.
  2. Present your valid passport, E-Visa, and proof of accommodation to the immigration officer.
  3. The immigration officer may ask you to undergo a retina scan.
  4. Obtain the final visa stamp in your passport, and you’ll be ready to start your adventure in Equatorial Guinea!

That’s how simple the process is. Enjoy your trip!

Frequently Asked Questions about the Electronic Visa for Equatorial Guinea

Which nationalities are eligible for the Electronic Visa?

Great news for all adventurers! Any nationality can take advantage of this online visa format to visit Equatorial Guinea. So, if you’ve ever dreamed of exploring this wonderful country, don’t hesitate to take the plunge and embark on this exciting experience!

How do I obtain the OTP (One-Time Password)?

The OTP, or ‘One-Time Password,’ is provided by the system itself. Once you have registered and provided your email address, you will receive this password in your inbox. Simply copy and paste it on the corresponding page, and you’ll be ready to proceed.

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Even with an electronic visa, can entry be denied?

It’s understandable to have concerns, but let’s remember that the final decision lies with the Immigration authorities at the border. However, for your peace of mind, to date, our visitors with electronic visas have not faced entry denials. Although it’s possible that in exceptional cases related to specific issues or false information, some individuals may have been denied entry, we don’t have any information about such cases.

Can I Reapply for an E-Visa If My Application Is Rejected?

Absolutely! You have the option to reapply using the online service. Make sure to submit all the required documents to the Immigration Office of Equatorial Guinea to have the best chance of success with your second application.

How will I receive my E-Visa?

The E-Visa will be sent to you via email to the address you provided during registration. Additionally, you will have the option to download it in PDF format when you access your account on the E-Visa website.

Is the E-Visa valid for single or multiple entries?

Generally, E-Visas are valid for a single entry. However, all specific information regarding the conditions of your visa will be available on the electronic visa you are granted.

How long does it take for E-Visa approval?

Assuming you submit all the required documents correctly, approval is typically obtained within a period of 24 to 72 hours after payment for your application. Based on our experience, most tourists have had a positive experience regarding approval times.

What Documents Are Required to Obtain the Electronic Visa for Equatorial Guinea?"

The required documents vary depending on the type of visa you are applying for. Here is a list of documents you need for the two main types of visas:

Tourist Visa:

  • Copy of your passport.
  • Hotel reservation or accommodation booking.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Bank statement sealed by the bank with a three-month history.
  • Original yellow fever vaccination card or certificate.
  • Flight ticket reservation.
  • Passport-sized photographs.

Business Visa:

  • Copy of your passport.
  • Hotel reservation or accommodation booking.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Bank statement sealed by the bank with a three-month history.
  • Original yellow fever vaccination card or certificate.
  • Flight ticket reservation.
  • Passport-sized photographs.
  • Letter of invitation or document detailing the business need, on the official letterhead of the corresponding company.”

Please note that the specific requirements may vary, and it’s essential to check with the authorities or the visa processing service for the most up-to-date and accurate information.

What Documentation Should I Present Upon Arrival in Equatorial Guinea?

Make sure to carry the following documents and present them at the Immigration counter upon your arrival:

  • Valid passport with at least 6 months of validity from your arrival date in Equatorial Guinea.
  • Copies of your round-trip flight ticket reservations.
  • Vaccination certificates.
  • Yellow fever vaccination card or certificate.

Conclusions on the Online Visa for Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea is a great country with vast potential, offering breathtaking wonders and enviable landscapes (such as the Ureka waterfalls). This new convenience for tourism is excellent news as it simplifies a process that could be complex and now just a few clicks away.

At Rumbo Malabo, we eagerly await your arrival, as it will bring about many changes. And as you’ll require a visa for your visit to Equatorial Guinea, with this new great opportunity, you won’t need to wait any longer. Now, it will be much simpler to enjoy conscious tourism in Equatorial Guinea. We look forward to welcoming you!

And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to consult official information at:

[Official] Equatorial Guinea eVisa | Tourist eVisa (equatorialguinea-evisa.com)

Rumbo Malabo

Rumbo Malabo

Tour Operator in Equatorial Guinea

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