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Guinea

Guinea
Republic of Guinea
Exercise increased caution in Guinea due to civil unrest.

Exercise increased caution in Guinea due to civil unrest.

Frequent, unpredictable demonstrations occur across the country. Some have turned violent, resulting in injuries and several fatalities. Demonstrators have also attacked vehicles when drivers attempted to pass through or around the protests. Criminals take advantage of the resulting traffic congestion to rob/extort money from drivers and pedestrians.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Guinea:

  • Avoid demonstrations and crowds.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Keep travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for Guinea.

U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with minor edits.

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Embassy Messages

Alerts

Quick Facts

PASSPORT VALIDITY:


6 months validity

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:


One page for entry stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:


Yes

VACCINATIONS:


Yellow fever

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:


None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:


No more than 100,000 FG or $5,000 USD

Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Conakry, Guinea
The U.S. Embassy is located in Koloma, Conakry, east of Hamdallaye Circle near Bambeto Circle at the following address:
P.O. Box 603
Transversale No. 2
Centre Administratif de Koloma
Commune de Ratoma Conakry, Republic of Guinea
Telephone:
+(224) 655-10-4000
Emergency after-hours telephone: +(224) 657-10-4311
Fax: +(224) 655-10-42-97
Email: Conconakry@state.gov

Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Guinea for information on U.S. - Guinea relations. 

Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Visit the Embassy of Guinea website for the most current visa information.

A passport, visa, and international vaccination record (World Health Organization card), with a current yellow fever vaccination, are all required to enter Guinea.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Guinea.

Find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction, and customs regulations on our websites.

Safety and Security

Demonstrations: Protests around scheduled elections, utility problems, and labor disputes are common, causing disruptions to traffic and commerce. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution in the vicinity of any large gatherings.

Crime: Burglaries and break-ins are common. Follow routine personal security considerations such as locking doors, windows, and employ technological security measures.

Motorists have occasionally encountered improvised checkpoint barricades manned by uniformed military or police personnel who demand money and search through personal belongings, confiscating items of value. See Victims of Crime section to report incidents.

Do not accept unsolicited offers of assistance at the airport or hotels as these individuals may be seeking opportunities to rob visitors of their bags, purses, or wallets. You should arrange to be met at the airport by hotel personnel or business contacts.

Keep car doors locked at all times to prevent carjacking and vehicle intrusion. Only roll car windows down enough to communicate when necessary. Soldiers staffing checkpoints at night and police at intersections during the day will often solicit bribes. Display requested documents, but do not surrender them, as officials may take them if bribes are not paid. You may wish to keep a laminated copy of your documents with you that can be shown in place of your actual passports or identification cards.

Scams: Commercial scams are on the rise and can create legal difficulties for U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens have reported being detained by local authorities based on complaints by local business partners and/or as an attempt to extract additional payment. Scams can also target private business personnel and non-governmental organization employees, often with offers to sell diamonds or gold. In general, if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The funds cannot be recovered.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

  • U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the U.S. Embassy.
  • Report crimes in person at the nearest police station and contact the U.S. Embassy at +(224) 655-10-4000.
  • Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Guinea are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines. It is common for criminal cases to take months, if not years, to reach a verdict.

U.S. citizens have been arrested for assault after fighting with police officers who stopped them for questioning. If you are stopped by the police, follow their instructions and request that the U.S. Embassy be notified immediately.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Customs: Guinean customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning the temporary import or export of items such as firearms, antiquities, medications, business equipment, and ivory. You should contact the Embassy of Guinea in Washington, DC for specific information regarding customs requirements.

Currency: The local currency is the Guinean franc (GNF). Travelers may not depart Guinea carrying more than 100,000 GNF (currently about $11.00 USD) or more than $5,000 USD. Guinea has a cash economy. ATMs are available, and traveler’s checks are accepted only at some banks and hotels.  Credit cards are accepted at some larger hotels and larger supermarkets in Conakry, but should be used only at reputable hotels, stores, and banks. Cash advances on Visa credit cards are available at various branches of BICIGUI, a local bank. Inter-bank fund transfers are possible at BICIGUI branches but can be difficult and expensive. Money transfers from the United States have worked successfully in the past. Western Union has several offices in Conakry, and MoneyGram also has an office in downtown Conakry.

Photography: Visitors should restrict photography to private gatherings and should obtain explicit permission from the Guinean government before photographing military and transportation facilities, government buildings, or public works. Photographing without permission in any public area may result in arrest or a dangerous confrontation with people who find being photographed offensive.

Faith-Based Travelers: See the following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: Same-sex sexual relations are criminalized in Guinea. Penalties include fines and jail time of up to three years in prison. 

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights Report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance. While in Guinea, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from what you find in the United States. Guinea does not have legislation that mandates access to transportation, communication, and public buildings for persons with disabilities, and few such accomodations exist.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: Rape, spousal rape, and domestic violence are all crimes in Guinea punishable with fines or imprisonment. However, these crimes are common and underreported. Indictments are rare and police are unlikely to intervene.

Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is illegal. However, abundant evidence exists that FGM/C is still being practiced despite the ban.

See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Health

Medical facilities are poorly equipped and extremely limited, both in the capital city and throughout Guinea. Medicines are in short supply and of questionable quality, with counterfeiting of medication a serious issue.  Sterility of equipment should not be assumed and treatment is frequently unreliable. Some private medical facilities provide a better range of treatment options than public facilities, but are still well below western standards. Ambulance and emergency rescue services are extremely limited in Conakry and practically non-existent in the rest of the country. Trauma care is extremely limited. Food and water safety concerns are among the most common causes of illnesses in the country. Sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, are common.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas.  

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation. Medical evacuation from Guinea to Europe or the U.S. can cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

If traveling with prescription medication, always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

Malaria is prevalent throughout the country. Antimalarial prophylaxis is recommended for all travelers even for short stays.

You should:

  • Carry and use insect repellents containing either 20 percent DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535.
  • Treat clothing and tents with permethrin.
  • Sleep in screened or air conditioned rooms under insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets.
  • Use antimalarial prophylaxis.

The following diseases are prevalent:

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Strongly consider optional vaccinations by CDC for West Africa and Guinea.

Further health information:

Travel and Transportation

Border Crossings: Most border crossings are controlled jointly by Guinean armed forces, gendarmes, police, and immigration officials, but are lightly patrolled. Complete paperwork and visas are required to cross land borders.

Road Conditions and Safety: Guinea’s road network, which is only partially paved, is underdeveloped and unsafe. Roads and vehicles are poorly maintained, road signs are insufficient, and roads and vehicles are frequently unlit. Livestock and pedestrians create constant road hazards. These conditions worsen after dark. During the rainy season, generally from May to October, flash floods can make some roads temporarily impassable. The police and the military often set up roadblocks, making travel within and between cities difficult from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. 

Drivers and passengers of vehicles involved in accidents resulting in injury or death have experienced extra-judicial actions (i.e., mob attacks), official consequences such as fines and incarceration, and/or confrontations with the victim’s family.

Avoid traveling after dark outside of populated areas due to the risk of roadside crime, roadblocks, and road hazards. Roadside assistance is not available in Guinea.

Traffic Laws: Drivers in Guinea are generally unaware of traffic laws, and routinely ignore road safety rules.

Public Transportation: Guinea has no reliable, safe public transportation. Taxis, including small cars and larger vans, are poorly maintained and overcrowded. Taxis frequently stop and start without regard to other vehicles, drive down the wrong side of the road, and weave in and out of lanes. Motorcycles overwhelm the roads and are dangerous to riders and other vehicles and pedestrians. Hired vehicles and drivers are available from agencies at major hotels in Conakry.

See our Road Safety page for more information. 

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Guinea, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Guinea’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Guinea should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts. Information may also be posted to the  U.S. Coast Guard homeport website, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency broadcast warnings.

International Parental Child Abduction

Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in Guinea.  For additional IPCA-related information, please see the International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act (ICAPRA) report.”

Last Updated: March 21, 2019

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Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Conakry
The U.S. Embassy is located in Koloma, Conakry, east of Hamdallaye Circle near Bambeto Circle at the following address:
American Embassy Conakry
P.O. Box 603
Transversale No. 2
Centre Administratif de Koloma
Commune de Ratoma Conakry, Republic of Guinea
Telephone
+(224) 655-10-4000
Emergency
+(224) 657-10-4311
Fax
+(224) 655-10-42-97

Guinea Map