Guinea-Bissau Travel Information
Most trips to Guinea-Bissau can be completed without
any special problems. The greatest risk is linked to
political instability and poor infrastructure. For
information on coronavirus see the section on Health.
Most trips to Guinea-Bissau can be completed today
without any special problems. The greatest risk is
linked to political instability and poor infrastructure.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs encourages travelers to
exercise caution when traveling to or staying in
In 2012, there was a coup in Guinea-Bissau, and the
country subsequently went through an unstable political
period. Foreigners were, however, to a small extent
subject to violence. Elections were held at the
President and National Assembly in April and May 2014,
and the security situation has remained stable since
The Norwegian Embassy in Lisbon is responsible for
Guinea-Bissau. Norway has no embassy or consulate in the
country. The Norwegian authorities' ability to provide
consular assistance to Norwegian nationals is limited.
The nearest Norwegian embassy is located in Accra,
- Countryaah: Bissau is the capital
of Guinea-Bissau. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
The danger of terrorist incidents in Guinea-Bissau is
considered low. There is no terrorism in the country's
recent history, and there are no local terrorist groups.
The risk of transnational extremist groups trying to
attack foreign interests in Guinea-Bissau is considered
small. However, there is a danger of being attacked by
terrorist attacks in most places in the world, and
Guinea-Bissau is no exception. Travelers should be alert
and take reasonable precautions.
Although crime in the country is considered low by
West African standards, both local and foreigners may be
subject to theft and petty crime. The risk of kidnapping
is low. Violent crime is rare in the capital Bissau, but
the country's extensive organized drug smuggling makes
caution necessary. Companies are regularly exposed to
fraud, theft and extortion of organized criminals.
The transport infrastructure is very little developed
in Guinea-Bissau. Lack of lighting makes it necessary to
exercise great care when driving at night. Due to the
remaining landmines from the Civil War and the War of
Independence, it is important not to leave designated
roads and paths.
Demonstrations and protests have been frequent in the
past, especially in Bissau. The turmoil has to a small
extent been directed directly at foreigners, but larger
gatherings of people should be avoided, as unrest can
quickly get out of control. New unrest may occur at
Guinea-Bissau is prone to epidemics, droughts and
floods. Over the past 20 years, floods and droughts have
hit most people, though with very few deaths. Epidemics
have in many cases claimed a significant number of
lives, most recently in 2005 (about 400 dead) and 2008
(about 220 dead). For more information on natural
disasters in Guinea-Bissau, see Preventionweb or EM-DAT
Norwegian citizens staying in or planning a trip to
Guinea-Bissau are encouraged to register their journey
at http://www.reiseregistrering.no/. Norwegian citizens
are encouraged to have valid travel insurance.
In the event of an emergency, Norwegian citizens
should visit another European embassy in Bissau. Below
are contact information for three of these. You should
also contact the Norwegian Embassy in Lisbon.
Embaixada de Portugal em Bissau
Avenida Cidade de Lisboa, Bissau
Tel: +245 320 3379
Embajada de Espana and Bissau
Praça dos Her¨Žis Nacionais
Tel: +245 672 22 46 (during business hours) +245 600 10
10 (outside business hours)
Embassy of France ¨¤ Bissao
Avenida dos Combatentes da Liberdade da P¨˘tria
Tel: +245 325 44 89 (during business hours) +245 539 32
80 (outside business hours)
Embassy of Norway in Portugal:
Avenida Dom Vasco da Gama, 1
Tel: +351 213 009 100
It is also possible to contact the UD's 24-hour
operating center on +47 23 95 00 00 The center can also
be contacted outside the embassy's opening hours, either
by telephone or e-mail: UDops@mfa.no.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens need a visa to stay in
Guinea-Bissau. It is possible to obtain a visa on
arrival, but the process can be expensive and
time-consuming. It is therefore advantageous to obtain a
visa in advance.
The Guinea-Bissau Embassy in charge of Norway is
located in Berlin:
Embassy of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau in Berlin,
Address: Kronenstrasse 72,10117 Berlin, Germany
Tel: 0049 30 20 65 81 58
Website: http: // www.botschaft-guinea-bissau-berlin.de/
The website is only available in German. Visa is
issued by Agent Bridge Corporation which has English
language website: http://www.bridge-corporation.com/
Coronavirus (covid-19): Norwegian
travelers should keep abreast of the development of the
coronavirus. See the Norwegian health authorities'
recommendations regarding travel on the Institute of
Public Health's websites, on regjeringen.no, as well as
updated maps of cases in the world on WHO's websites.
The standard of hospitals in Guinea-Bissau is
generally poor, and it can be difficult to get help in
emergencies. The supply of ambulances and doctors is
inadequate. Operations should be carried out in Europe.
It is encouraged to bring personalized medicines and a
travel pharmacy away from home. Guinea-Bissau was not
affected by the Ebola epidemic as of March 2015, but
there is a certain risk of spread from infected
One should consult with Norwegian health authorities
regarding the health situation in Guinea-Bissau before
entering the country. Contact the Public Health
Institute or a private travel clinic six to eight weeks
before departure to inquire about which vaccines are
recommended and required. As Guinea-Bissau borders the
meningococcal belt, it is recommended to take
meningococcal vaccination. Malaria is also widespread.
If you come from another area with yellow fever, you
must bring a valid vaccination card against this fever.
The Zika virus is considered to be endemic in
Guinea-Bissau, ie the virus is believed to be present in
the area and may act as occasional occasional or minor
outbreaks. You can read up-to-date information about the
virus, its spread, and how to protect yourselfPublic
Health Institute website.
Landline telephone networks are unstable. It is
encouraged to bring a cell phone. Internet access in the
country is limited.
The official language of Guinea-Bissau is Portuguese,
which is spoken by a minority of the population. In
addition to this, several different languages are
spoken in Guinea-Bissau, including Creole, French,
Balanta, Fula, Manjaco, Manding, Peppel.
About fifty percent of the country's population is
Muslims. Many have religious affiliation with animist
religions (tribal religions), which comprise around
forty percent of the population. Between five and ten
percent are Christians.
Area code: +245
Currency: CFA-Franc (XOF)
National Day: September 24 (Independence Day)
Emergency Number: There is no emergency number in