The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens traveling to or living in Guinea that the legislative elections previously announced for September 24, 2013, have been rescheduled for September 28, 2013. This Travel Alert replaces the existing Travel Alert for Guinea dated September 10, 2013, and expires on October 28, 2013.
Currently, there is broad-based agreement among the political parties on the elections. Prior to the current agreement, there were marches and demonstrations, some of which turned violent. The possibility of spontaneous protests during this and any election cycle remains.
U.S. citizens in Guinea are strongly urged to avoid voter polling places, demonstrations, political rallies, or large crowds of any kind during the election period. Even gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn violent with little or no warning.
The U.S. Embassy in Conakry is closely monitoring election activity throughout Guinea and will provide updates as the situation warrants on the Embassy website and via Facebook and Twitter. U.S. citizens should monitor these sites, as well as local media. U.S. citizens are advised to be aware of their surroundings and exercise good judgment in the coming weeks. General information on preparing for emergencies is available on U.S. Embassy Conakry's website.
U.S. citizens in Guinea are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). By enrolling, U.S. citizens gain access to vital security information and enable the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.
For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State's Internet website at travel.state.gov, where the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. An archive of messages for U.S. citizens in Guinea can be found on the Embassy website. Download our free Smart Traveler app available through iTunes and the Google Play Store, for travel information at your fingertips.
Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
The U.S. Embassy in Conakry is located on the Transversale No. 2, Centre Administratif de Koloma, opposite the RTG building in Ratoma. If you have questions or concerns about safety or related issues, you are encouraged to contact the consular section at the Embassy by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 657-104-444. The Embassy's main telephone number is 655-104-000. For after–hours emergencies, please call Tel: 657-104-311 and ask to speak to the duty officer.