Summary

An outbreak of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Guinea. The outbreak is concentrated in the Forest region of south eastern Guinea, in the districts of Macenta, Guekedou and Kissidougou, but cases have been reported in Conakry. Several cases have also been reported in Dabola and Dinguiraye in central Guinea. A total of over 100 deaths have been reported in Guinea out of over 160 cases, including over 30 cases in Conakry.

If you’re travelling to this region you should follow the health advice issued by the National Travel Health Network and Centre and the Guinean authorities. You should maintain strict standards of hygiene and avoid eating bushmeat.

For further details about confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola, see the NaTHNaC Outbreak Surveillance database and follow the WHO on twitter.

At least one death, several injuries and destruction of property were reported during riots in the eastern suburbs of Conakry on 18 February 2014.

Peaceful legislative elections were held on 28 September 2013. A new National Assembly was installed on 13 January. A number of deaths and injuries occurred in rioting in Conakry during 2013. Further riots and spontaneous demonstrations are possible. Maintain extreme vigilance, monitor local media and avoid large gatherings. See Crime and Political Situation.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See terrorism

Serious ethnic violence broke out in July 2013 in the ‘Guinea Forestiere’ region in the far south east of Guinea. Nearly 100 people were reported to have been killed. See Crime and Political situation.

The Guinean authorities maintain police and local militia checkpoints across the whole country. Carry identification with you at all times. See Road travel and Local laws and customs.

Essential supplies, such as fuel, may run low from time to time. See Road Travel.

Theft at gunpoint is increasingly common, particularly at night. The gold and diamond trade attracts criminal gangs. See Crime.

Exchanging foreign currency on the street or using unofficial money changers is illegal and can result in military detention. See Money

Cholera and malaria are present in Guinea. See Health.

Due to the small size of the British Embassy in Conakry, only limited emergency consular assistance can be provided.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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