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Guinea

If you’re travelling to Guinea our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information. 

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Health
  • Additional Information
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

For the latest update please read the General COVID-19 Travel Advisory >

Overview

Security Status

Avoid non-essential travel.

Security Status Last Updated: 17 March 2020

Latest Travel Alert

COVID-19 is still a threat, but with continued public health measures, vaccination and testing, it will be possible to travel internationally. You will need to plan your travel carefully and there are risks.

Department of Foreign Affairs services and practical supports to all Irish Citizens travelling abroad can be found on Travel-dfa.ie

A coup took place in Guinea involving sustained gunfire on 5 September 2021.  The National Rally and Development Committee (CNRD) has taken control. The situation is evolving and you should remain vigilant, avoid demonstrations, and monitor local media. While the airport was initially closed, the NRDC announced the reopening of air borders meaning that commercial flights have resumed. You should contact your airline for further information. Due to COVID measures, the curfew of 10.00pm to 4.00am, has been retained.

It is strongly recommended that Irish citizens travelling to or in Guinea register with our Embassy in Sierra Leone.

Travel to Guinea

In weighing decisions to travel to Guinea at this time, Irish citizens should take into consideration the risk of restrictions being introduced during their travel and, also, the impact which responding to COVID-19 may have on local health care systems over the course of their proposed visit.

COVID-19 cases continue to be confirmed in Guinea. A state of emergency is in place, which includes a curfew. The airport in Conakry is open with the following restrictions: All passengers arriving in Conakry must show a COVID-19 vaccination certificate with the second dose being at least 14 days before travel and a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) result from a test taken within 72 hours of their journey to Guinea. Passengers departing Conakry must produce a COVID-19 certificate with a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of the flight.

The Ministry of Health announced on 28 July that applications for visas must include a COVID-19 certificate of vaccination. The application must include proof of two COVID-19 vaccination doses completed at least 15 days before you plan to travel. Information and updates on the visa application process for entry into Guinea can be found here.

The availability and quality of medical services in Guinea is poor. Citizens should be aware that you may have difficulty accessing even basic medical services, particularly in remote areas.

General Travel Advice 

Following a 42 day countdown on 19 June 2021 the Ministry of Health declared an end to the Ebola epidemic that had started in the Gouécké sub-district of the N’zérékoré region in February. More information on Ebola can be found under the Health tab.

Travel to Ireland

Up to date information on travelling to Ireland can be found on gov.ie 

Information on Travel within Europe (EU/EEA) can also be found on Re-open EU.

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

A coup took place in Guinea involving sustained gunfire on 5 September 2021.  The National Rally and Development Committee (CNRD) has taken control. The situation is evolving and you should remain vigilant, avoid demonstrations, and monitor local media. While the airport was initially closed, the NRDC announced the reopening of air borders meaning that commercial flights have resumed. You should contact your airline for further information. Due to COVID measures, the curfew of 10pm to 4am, has been retained.

It is strongly recommended that Irish citizens travelling in Guinea register with our Embassy in Sierra Leone.

Terrorism

There is a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which can target areas frequented by foreign tourists.

Transport

The roads in Guinea are hazardous, particularly during the rainy season from May to October. If you are planning to drive, you should plan your route before any journey, particularly outside of Conakry. Carry your Irish driving licence and International Driving Permit at all times.

Care should be taken to ensure that any taxis or official drivers are licenced. We advise against using public transport.

Emergency Assistance

If there is an emergency, or if you need help and advice, you can contact our Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.

Because there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in Guinea, we are limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation. Contact details for EU member state embassies in Guinea may be found here.

 

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal.

As Ireland does not have an Embassy or Consulate in Guinea, we are limited in our ability to provide up-to-date information on local laws and customs in Guinea. We advise Irish citizens to seek advice on this from their employer, tour operator or other local contacts.

Health

Health

The availability and quality of medical services in Guinea is poor. Citizens should be aware that you may have difficulty accessing even basic medical services, particularly in remote areas.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or underlying health concerns, you should note that it may not be possible to get appropriate drugs or treatment during your stay.

If you choose to travel, bring enough medication with you for the duration of your visit and for any unexpected delays. You may wish to also bring copies of your prescription in case you lose your medication.

Tropical illnesses are extremely common in Guinea. If you develop fever, unexplained fatigue, diarrhoea or any other severe symptoms while in Guinea, or in the weeks following your departure from Guinea, you should telephone your GP or Accident and Emergency Department mentioning your symptoms and your travel history; you may require immediate investigation and treatment.

Travel Insurance

Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.

Vaccinations

Check what vaccinations you may need for your trip at least eight weeks before you travel. We cannot provide advice on vaccinations, but you can get information about vaccinations from your local GP or an International Health and Travel Centre.

Evidence of vaccination (in the form of a certificate) is a requirement for entry to some countries. A yellow fever vaccine certificate is typically required for entry into countries in West Africa. 

Ebola, Lassa Fever and the Marburg Virus

Ebola and Lassa fever are acute viral haemorrhagic fever illnesses transmitted to humans via contact with contaminated food or household items; or through contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person.

On February 2021, there was confirmation of a new outbreak of Ebola in the Nzerekore region of Guinea. Following a 42 day countdown, on 19 June 2021 the Ministry of Health declared an end to this Ebola epidemic. The last Ebola epidemic ended in June 2016.

Lassa fever is endemic in West Africa; outbreaks are common. On 17 May the government of Guinea declared an epidemic of Lassa Fever in N’zérékoré region following a death in Yomou Prefecture.

Further information on Ebola and Lassa fever are available from the WHO Website.

On the 6 August 2021 the Ministry of Health confirmed a case of Marburg virus disease in Guekédou, Forestière Region. Guinean health authorities started a 42-day countdown (on 26 August) to declaration of the outbreak ending. You can find more information on Marburg virus disease from the World Health Organisation.

We advise Irish citizens working in medical facilities or caring for sick people in Guinea to take particular care and seek expert advice on infection prevention.

If you develop fever, unexplained fatigue, diarrhoea or any other severe symptoms while in Guinea, or in the  weeks following your departure, you should telephone your GP or Accident and Emergency Department mentioning your symptoms and your travel history; you may require immediate investigation and treatment.

 

Additional Information

Additional Information

Passports

It’s advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you when travelling to Guinea and you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times during your stay.

If your passport is lost or stolen while you’re abroad, we can help.

What we can do:

  • Issue you a replacement passport that will let you finish your trip, or;
  • Issue you with an emergency travel document to get you home.

We’ll do our best to help you as quickly as possible but this can take some time. Your location and circumstances may limit the help we can give you. As Ireland does not have an Embassy or Consulate in Guinea there may be additional complications in processing an application for a new passport.

You should contact the Irish Embassy in Sierra Leone to find out what you need to do to apply for a passport. They will also be able to advise you on the fees which apply.

Our advice

Ireland doesn’t have an Embassy or Consulate in Guinea so we are limited in our ability to provide detailed and up-to-date travel advice. We encourage you to conduct your own research and to read these links to travel advice from other foreign ministries:

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

Irish citizens who require urgent assistance while the Embassy is closed can contact the Duty Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs on +353 1 408 2000.

Embassy of Ireland,
8 St Joseph's Avenue,
Off Spur Road,
Freetown,
Sierra Leone

Tel: +232 79 250628

Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm; Friday 9am to 12pm

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