An outbreak of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria. If you travel to this region you should follow the health advice issued by the National Travel Health Network and Centre. There have been no suspected cases of Ebola in Guinea-Bissau.

For further details about this outbreak of Ebola, see the World Health Organization website, the NaTHNaC outbreak surveillance database and this map showing the areas affected.

Following a coup d’état in April 2012, Guinea-Bissau was run by a transitional government for 2 years. Successful democratic elections (legislative and presidential) were eventually held between April and May 2014. The security situation is currently calm, though much instability remains. You should stay alert to local developments, keep a low profile and avoid sensitive areas like military installations. Avoid any large gatherings of people. See Political situation.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

There is no British Embassy in Guinea-Bissau and our ability to provide assistance to British nationals is limited. If you need consular assistance, you should contact the British Honorary Consul in Bissau, Mr Jan Van Maanen (telephone: +245 5522772 or +245 6622772) or the British Embassy in Dakar, Senegal.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.