Foreign travel advice

Guinea

Summary

Local elections are due to take place in 2017. Outbreaks of violence, including fatalities, have occurred following previous elections. You should monitor local and international media reports and avoid large demonstrations or rallies (both political and non-political) or close to military barracks.

Enhanced Ebola screening measures are no longer in place at Guinea’s land borders with Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and Sierra Leone. You should check this travel advice carefully before planning any travel to Guinea and follow the health advice on the NHS Choices 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

The local police number for downtown Conakry is +(224) 622 039 258.

There is a general threat from terrorism. You should be vigilant after recent attacks in Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Burkina Faso, especially in places visited by foreigners. See Terrorism

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

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

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

If you need consular help, call the British Embassy. See Consular assistance

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.