The Department of State renewed its Travel Advisory for Guinea-Bissau on October 3, 2019. The Department continues to advise travelers to exercise normal precautions in Guinea-Bissau.
Reconsider travel to Guinea-Bissau due to crime and civil unrest.
Country Summary: Violent crime is common in Guinea-Bissau. Aggressive vendors, panhandlers, and occasionally criminals target foreigners at the Bissau airport and other crowded areas, especially Bandim Market in the center of the capital. Local police lack the resources, capacity, and training to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.
The country has been beset by chronic political and institutional dysfunction for decades, and there is the potential for violence.
The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens because there is no U.S. Embassy in Guinea-Bissau.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Guinea-Bissau:
- Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
- Avoid demonstrations and crowds.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
- Only travel during daylight.
- Monitor local media for breaking events, and adjust your plans based on new information.
- Make contingency plans to leave the country.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
- Review the Crime and Safety Report for Guinea-Bissau.
- U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
- U.S. Embassy Dakar, Senegal
+(221) 33-879-4444 (after hours)
- State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Guinea-Bissau Country Information
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Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with minor edits.