Guinea Travel Advice
Security travel advice for Guinea
How safe is Guinea?
Threat level: High
COVID-19 Situation in Guinea
There are reported cases of the coronavirus in Guinea. As a result of this, a state of emergency has been declared and a night curfew is in place. To limit contagion, self-isolate, avoid travel unless necessary, don't gather in public places and apply good hygiene precautions. For more advice, refer to our healthcare section.
Security in Guinea
There is an overall threat of terrorism in most West African countries and as such, Guinea remains a country that could be targeted for terrorist attacks. Recent events have taken place in neighbouring countries Côte d’Ivoire and Mali as well as Burkina Faso. The general travel advice for Guinea is to exercise particular caution and remain vigilant while travelling around Guinea and surrounding countries.
The country has experienced a long standing high rate of crime. Banditry is a common issue in many areas and are often carried out by individuals dressed in police or military uniforms.
Robberies are known to occur on the routes of Mamou and Faranah. Foreign aid workers present a particularly vulnerable target in these incidents, and should take care to not travel at night. Reports of police extorting cash from foreigners or Guineans with links to foreigners have increased in recent years.
Recent security events
Gun violence is becoming increasingly common in the built up areas of Guinea. Violent muggings, theft of cars and home invasions are frequently carried out by gangs using assault rifles and other small arms. You should ensure that if you are staying in a hotel it has adequate security measures including a night time armed guard.
The overall travel advice for Guinea is that you are highly advised to only travel around the country if you have an armed Close Protection Officer or if you are in Guinea for business purposes, a security detail provided by your employer.
The political situation in Guinea is currently stable. However there have been some recent outbreaks of violence within and beyond the capital which have resulted in several deaths and the burning of residential and commercial properties. Avoid large public gatherings and monitor the local media as often as possible.
Police and local militia checkpoints are common in Guinea but corruption and extortion are frequent at roadblocks. Occasionally, checkpoints can be used as a disguise for armed robbery.
Banditry is at high risk to foreign travellers. The Kissidougou, Guekedou, Macenta, and Nzerekore areas have all reported an increase in armed banditry.
Petty crimes such as pick pocketing are common in many areas of Guinea, especially Conakry. Foreign travellers are thought to be vulnerable targets so be sure to take basic precautions when in crowded areas. Avoid displaying expensive jewellery and don’t travel with large sums of cash.
Guinea's International Relations
Guinea has steadily growing relationships with many of its West African neighbours and has participated in both diplomatic and military efforts to resolve conflicts in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea-Bissau in previous years. Relationships between Guinea and the United States are strong, the US is a main provider of aid to Guinea.
Travelling around Guinea
Roads are very dangerous in Guinea. This is down to the combination of poor road conditions and the extremely erratic standards of driving. Many drivers do not have any kind of training, and most get behind the wheel as soon as they a tall enough to touch the pedals.
The months between May and October experience torrential rain and this can cause serious damage to the roads, sometimes making them impassable. Monitor the local weather regularly and expect difficulties when travelling to affected areas during these months.
Commercial Travel Risk Services
Intelligent Protection International Limited provides companies and organisations with Commercial Travel Risk Services designed to mitigate risks of staff when they travel for business. If you are interested in these services, please see: Commercial Travel Risk Services.
Emergency Services in Guinea
Police emergency: 112
Fire emergency: 1717
Medical emergency: 442-020
Currency: Guinean Franc
Time now in Conakry:
Consular information for Guinea
Villa 1, Residence 2000,
Telephone: +224 631 355 329
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +44 1908 516 666
Centre Administratif de Koloma
Commune de Ratoma,
Telephone: +224 651 040 00
Visa requirements for Guinea
Most nationalities will require a visa advance to travel to Guinea which can be arranged through your closest Guinean Embassy. A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate will also have to be sent with any visa application. Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond the length of your stay upon your arrival to the country.
Cultural advice for visiting Islamic countries
If you have never visited an Islamic country before, you maybe have some unanswered questions the culture, what you can wear and general dos and don'ts. Intelligent Protection International Limited is highly experienced at working in Islamic countries and has done so for the past decade. We have written a guide that will help you understand what is culturally acceptable and hope you find it useful. See our page: Guide to Islamic culture for travellers.
Healthcare and Immunisations
It is advised that visitors to Guinea are up-to-date with primary boosters such as MMR. It is essential that you get vaccinated against Yellow Fever as there is risk of the disease throughout the country. It is an entry requirement that you present a certificate proving your immunisation. This should be completed at least 10 days prior to departure.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak that is affecting the country, it is recommended to apply good hygiene practices, maintain social distancing, avoid unnecessary contact with others. If you are coughing and have fever, it is required to quarantine yourself and only call emergency services if you have severe respiratory issues.
It is further recommended that most travellers get Tetanus, Typhoid, Polio and Hepatitis A vaccinations. Check with your local health professional prior to travel if you are unsure.
There is a resurgence of Ebola in Guinea since February 2021. The World Health Organization had declared the end of Ebola virus transmission in Guinea in June 2016. Ebola symptoms include fever, diarrhoea, and vomiting. It is advised avoiding affected areas, taking basic health precautions to avoid contracting the disease; good personal hygiene and avoiding crowded areas will reduce the risk significantly.
Cholera and malaria are also present in Guinea. It is advised to take malaria prevention medication and drink only bottled water.