The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Guinea, except for those involved in the direct response to the Ebola outbreak, due to the narrow commercial options for flights and the impact of the outbreak on medical facilities.
In 2014, an outbreak of Ebola virus was confirmed in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the outbreak a ‘Public Health Emergency of International Concern’. Although the number of confirmed new cases in Guinea is now declining, Ebola continues to occur in some areas of Guinea. For further details about this outbreak of Ebola, see the World Health Organisation website.
Although separate treatment facilities have been set up to respond to the Ebola outbreak, general medical facilities throughout Guinea are unable to provide the same standard of healthcare as in the UK. Many medical facilities expect to be paid up-front for treatment.
If you travel to Guinea you should stay in contact with your employer or host organisation about the support that they can provide to you while you’re in the country, or if you should wish to leave. If you travel to Guinea to help in the relief effort, you should make sure that you’re contracted to a reputable organisation that is able to provide the support and risk assessments required. Restrictions on travel in the region may make it difficult to leave, particularly at short notice.
Enhanced screening measures have been introduced for departing passengers at Conakry airport. There may be delays at Guinea’s land border crossings due to enhanced screening measures.
Although the chances of being infected remain low, there are measures you can take to prevent catching Ebola. You should follow the health advice issued by the National Travel Health Network and Centre.
If you’re travelling to the UK within 21 days of a visit to Guinea or any other Ebola-affected country, you should make yourself known to UK Passport Control to be screened. For further details about the screening process, see the Public Health England website.
If you’re concerned that you might have been exposed to Ebola, or are showing symptoms, you should seek immediate medical advice. If you’re in the UK call NHS on 111. Cholera and malaria are also present in Guinea and have similar early symptoms to Ebola. See Health
Violent demonstrations have been reported ahead of presidential elections on Sunday 11 October, including the capital Conakry. Maintain extreme vigilance, monitor local media and avoid large gatherings. See Safety & security, Crime and Political Situation.
There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism
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. 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
The British Embassy in Conakry, can only provide limited emergency consular assistance.
In an emergency such as the death, rape/sexual assault, hospitalisation or detention of a British national, call +44 (0)1908 516 666 and follow the instructions to be connected with consular officers.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.