Reconsider travel to Guinea-Bissau due to COVID-19. Reconsider travel to Guinea-Bissau due to crime and civil unrest.
Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Guinea-Bissau due to COVID-19.
Guinea-Bissau has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Guinea-Bissau.
Country Summary: Violent crime is common in Guinea-Bissau. Aggressive vendors, panhandlers, and occasionally criminals target foreigners at the Bissau airport and other crowded areas, especially Bandim Market in the center of the capital. Local police lack the resources, capacity, and training to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.
The country has been beset by chronic political and institutional dysfunction for decades, and there is the potential for violence.
The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens because there is no U.S. Embassy in Guinea-Bissau.
Read the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Guinea-Bissau:
Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.