Important COVID-19 Travel
Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.
If you intend to travel to the UK from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival.
When you enter England from abroad (except Ireland), you must follow the new requirements for quarantining and taking additional COVID-19 tests. For those travelling from a country on the banned travel list you will be required to quarantine in a hotel. Different rules apply for arrivals into England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
If you are legally permitted to travel abroad, check our advice on your country of destination. Some other countries have closed borders, and may further restrict movement or bring in new rules including testing requirements with little warning.
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to:
- the whole of Guinea based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks
Travel to Guinea is subject to entry restrictions
- All passengers arriving in Conakry must show a COVID-19 certificate with a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) result from a test taken within 5 days of arrival and departing passengers within 3 days of leaving. Following the identification of a new strain of COVID-19, travellers from the UK must also take a supplementary PCR test on arrival at the airport. Travellers will remain at the Onomo hotel in Conakry until the test result, which could take between 48 and 72 hours. Food and lodging will be paid by the Government of Guinea until the test result is received. Travellers will be able to leave the hotel with a negative certificate. Those testing positive will be taken to a government treatment centre.
- You may have to follow special requirements set out by your airline.
- The state of emergency was extended again on 16 December for a month
See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.
Preparing for your return journey to the UK
If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:
- provide your journey and contact details before you travel
- check if you need to self-isolate on your return
If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.
Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.
If you’re planning travel to Guinea, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.
For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.
On 14 February 2021 the Ministry of Health declared an Ebola epidemic in the Gouecke sub-district of the N’Zerekore region. There are seven suspected Ebola cases, three patients have died, three are in isolation in N’zerekore, and one is in isolation in Conakry. These are the first Ebola cases reported since June 2016.
Further information and updates on Ebola can be found on the WHO website and the Public Health England (PHE) website. Public Health England has guidance for humanitarian or healthcare workers travelling to countries at risk of Ebola. See Ebola
Demonstrations are likely to continue following the 18 October presidential elections. You should exercise caution and be vigilant and aware of your surroundings, staying clear of demonstrations and monitor local media. “Villes mortes” (general strikes) happen intermittently. Public gatherings and demonstrations can happen with little or no notice and can quickly turn violent. See Political situation
Terrorist attacks can’t be ruled out. Attacks could be indiscriminate. You should be vigilant, especially in places visited by foreigners. See Terrorism
Motorists have encountered theft at gun point, particularly at night. See Crime
Road travel can be hazardous due to poor driving standards and the state of the roads. Essential supplies, such as fuel, may run low from time to time. You should avoid travelling at night outside Conakry. See Road travel
Exchanging foreign currency on the street or using unofficial money changers is illegal and can result in military detention. See Money