FCO Travel Advice for - Guinea-Bissau

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  • In April 2012, Guinea-Bissau’s armed forces staged a coup d’état in the capital, Bissau.

  • The security situation is currently calm, but the political situation remains subject to unexpected change. Essential services such as electricity and water supply are severely restricted and hostpitals are not generally fully operational. Commercial flights are operating normal schedules.

  • 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 an underlying 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 3201224 or +245 6622772) or the British Embassy in Dakar, Senegal.

  • Cholera has been reported in parts of Guinea-Bissau. See Health for further information.

  • Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.