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Guinea

If you’re travelling to Guinea our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information. 

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Health
  • Additional Information
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

Ireland is implementing the new EU ‘traffic lights’ approach to travel, which applies to countries in the EU / EEA. Our current advice for travel to these countries is ‘exercise a high degree of caution’. Our general advice for any other overseas travel remains ‘avoid non-essential travel’ or in some cases, ‘do not travel’.

Our TravelWise app has been suspended while we move to implement the new EU system. We apologise for this inconvenience. Updated information will continue to be provided on this website.

On 13 October, Member States adopted the EU Recommendation on a coordinated approach to travel restrictions in the context of COVID-19. This ‘traffic lights’ approach provides for regions across the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) to be categorised as green, orange, red or grey, on the basis of the risk levels associated with COVID-19. A combined indicator map will be published each week by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), based on agreed criteria, including the 14-day cumulative incidence rate, testing rate and testing positivity rates.

In line with the EU Recommendation, there will be no entry restrictions on passengers travelling from green regions. Each Member State will decide what entry restrictions it will apply to passengers travelling from red, orange and grey regions.

Information about what to do on entering Ireland from abroad:

All passengers arriving into Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form before entry. For further details please see the Irish Government Advice Page. Further information about current requirements for entry to Ireland is available on the Irish Government website and the HSE website.

In accordance with Government policy, which is based on official public health advice, the Department of Foreign Affairs continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas, other than to countries that are part of the EU ‘traffic lights’ approach, where the advice is to exercise a high degree of caution. Everyone is asked to comply with restrictions within Ireland, including those under the National Framework for Living with COVID-19. These are listed on the Official website of the Irish Government. The situation in relation to COVID-19 continues to evolve quickly around the world. Citizens who are considering any overseas travel are advised to carefully monitor the official advice and information from the public authorities in their destination.

If you are considering travelling outside of Ireland:

Should you decide that you need to travel, you should inform yourself about any requirements in the destination to which you are travelling. Information about entry restrictions currently applied by other countries is available on the country-specific travel advice pages. Additional restrictions may be imposed, including during the duration of your visit. Flight restrictions and route cancellations continue to occur worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will operate as scheduled. It is important to check with your insurance provider on coverage at this time. Any Irish citizen considering any overseas travel should monitor news and information from the public authorities in their country or region of destination. Citizens are advised to follow the public health guidelines of the local health authorities and to continue to practice physical distancing measures, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette etc.

The purpose of the Department’s Travel Advice is to provide information to the general public so that individuals can make informed decisions for themselves. There are significant risks associated with international travel in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this is likely to remain the case for the foreseeable future. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. Any citizens who are considering travel abroad, or those already abroad, are advised to monitor our travel advice, and follow us on Twitter. They are also advised to register with their local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.

Where to go for further travel information:

Overview

Security Status

Avoid non-essential travel.

Security Status Last Updated: 17 March 2020

Register 

It is recommended that Irish citizens travelling in Guinea register with our Embassy in Sierra Leone.

Latest Alerts

COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus

Cases of COVID-19 have now been confirmed in all African countries. Emergency response procedures are now in place in a number of countries and include restrictions on flights to and from Europe and the introduction of quarantine arrangements. New procedures have in some instances been brought in with immediate effect. In weighing decisions to travel to Africa at this time, Irish citizens should take into consideration the risk of restrictions being introduced during their travel and, also, the impact which responding to COVID-19 may have on local health care systems over the course of their proposed visit.

There are a significant number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Guinea, with the number steadily growing.  A state of emergency is in place, which includes a curfew. The government has also placed restrictions on travel in and out of Conakry. 

The airport in Conakry is open with restrictions. Passengers arriving in Conakry must produce a COVID-19 certificate with a negative PCR result of a test taken no more than five days before arrival; passengers departing Conakry must produce a COVID-19 certificate with a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of the flight.

The availability and quality of medical services in Guinea is poor. Citizens should be aware that you may have difficulty accessing even basic medical services, particularly in remote areas.

Be alert to common signs of infection: respiratory problems, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Seek medical advice if you experience these symptoms.

HSE medical advice to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 is below.

Do:

• wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
• put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands

Don’t:

• touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Additional information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:

HSE

HPSC

ECDC

World Health Organisation

Political situation

Large-scale protests continue to take place in Conakry and elsewhere in Guinea. Violent incidents are common during these protests;  there have been a number of deaths,  as well as injuries and arrests. Further demonstrations and incidences of violence are expected.

Reports indicate that instability is particularly serious in the Middle Guinea region, including Labé, Pita and Dalaba. Citizens are advised to monitor local and social media and to avoid places where demonstrations are taking place.

Emergency assistance

If there is an emergency, or if you need help and advice, you can contact our Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.

Because there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in Guinea, we are limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation. Contact details for EU member state embassies in Guinea may be found here.

Our tips for safe travels

  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
  • Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
  • Register your details  with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
  • Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide

 

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

Some protests related to the recent constitutional referendum continue to take place in Conakry and elsewhere in Guinea. Violent incidents are common during these protests; there have been a number of deaths, as well as injuries and arrests. Further demonstrations and incidences of violence are expected. 

Reports indicate that instability is particularly serious in the Middle Guinea region, including Labé, Pita and Dalaba. Citizens are advised to avoid places where demonstrations are taking place.

Citizens are advised to monitor local and social media and to avoid places where demonstrations are taking place. It is also recommended that Irish citizens travelling in Guinea register with our Embassy in Sierra Leone.

Terrorism

There is a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which can target areas frequented by foreign tourists.

Transport

The roads in Guinea are hazardous, particularly during the rainy season from May to October. If you are planning to drive, you should plan your route before any journey, particularly outside of Conakry. Carry your Irish driving licence and International Driving Permit at all times.

Care should be taken to ensure that any taxis or official drivers are licenced. We advise against using public transport.

Emergency Assistance

If there is an emergency, or if you need help and advice, you can contact our Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.

Because there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in Guinea, we are limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation. Contact details for EU member state embassies in Guinea may be found here.

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal.

As Ireland does not have an Embassy or Consulate in Guinea, we are limited in our ability to provide up-to-date information on local laws and customs in Guinea. We advise Irish citizens to seek advice on this from their employer, tour operator or other local contacts.

Health

Health

The availability and quality of medical services in Guinea is poor. Citizens should be aware that you may have difficulty accessing even basic medical services, particularly in remote areas.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or underlying health concerns, you should note that it may not be possible to get appropriate drugs or treatment during your stay.

If you choose to travel, bring enough medication with you for the duration of your visit and for any unexpected delays. You may wish to also bring copies of your prescription in case you lose your medication.

Tropical illnesses are extremely common in Guinea. If you develop fever, unexplained fatigue, diarrhoea or any other severe symptoms while in Guinea, or in the few weeks following your departure from Guinea, you should telephone your GP or Accident and Emergency Department mentioning your symptoms and your travel history; you may require immediate investigation and treatment.

Travel Insurance

Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.

Vaccinations

Check what vaccinations you may need for your trip at least eight weeks before you travel. We cannot provide advice on vaccinations, but you can get information about vaccinations from your local GP or an International Health and Travel Centre.

Evidence of vaccination (in the form of a certificate) is a requirement for entry to some countries. A yellow fever vaccine certificate is typically required for entry into countries in West Africa. 

Lassa Fever

Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic fever illness that is transmitted to humans via contact with contaminated food or household items; or through contact with the bodily fluids of a person with Lassa fever.
Lassa fever is endemic in West Africa.

We advise Irish citizens working in medical facilities or caring for sick people in Guinea to take particular care and seek expert advice on infection prevention. If you develop fever, unexplained fatigue, diarrhoea or any other severe symptoms while in Guinea, or in the few weeks following your departure, you should telephone your GP or Accident and Emergency Department mentioning your symptoms and your travel history; you may require immediate investigation and treatment.
You can find more information on Lassa fever and acute viral haemorrhagic fever on the WHO website.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Passports

It’s advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you when travelling to Guinea and you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times during your stay.

If your passport is lost or stolen while you’re abroad, we can help.

What we can do:

  • Issue you a replacement passport that will let you finish your trip, or;
  • Issue you with an emergency travel document to get you home.

We’ll do our best to help you as quickly as possible but this can take some time. Your location and circumstances may limit the help we can give you. As Ireland does not have an Embassy or Consulate in Guinea there may be additional complications in processing an application for a new passport.

You should contact the Irish Embassy in Sierra Leone to find out what you need to do to apply for a passport. They will also be able to advise you on the fees which apply.

Our advice

Ireland doesn’t have an Embassy or Consulate in Guinea so we are limited in our ability to provide detailed and up-to-date travel advice. We encourage you to conduct your own research and to read these links to travel advice from other foreign ministries:

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

Irish citizens who require urgent assistance while the Embassy is closed can contact the Duty Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on +353 1 408 2000.

Embassy of Ireland,
8 St Joseph's Avenue,
Off Spur Road,
Freetown,
Sierra Leone

Tel: +232 79 250628

Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm; Friday 9am to 12pm

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