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Guinea Bissau Travel Facts

Natural Features: Guinea Bissau may be divided into 3 geographic regions. The coastal lowlands covered by mangrove swamps, the interior plain which is heavily forested and the northeastern highland which comprises of part of the Fonta Djallon Plateau.


Rainy Seasons: June to November (rainy season)

Getting There:

Air: Airlines from Europe serving Guinea-Bissau include Portugal's TAP, Aeroflot and the French company EAS. The choice is not large for flights between Guinea-Bissau and other west African destinations.

Road: Most travellers heading overland to Guinea take the northern route via Gabti, Koundara and Labe. Getting between Bissau and Gabti is easy and between Conakry and Koundara is also straightforward.

Sea: It may be possible to find a freighter in Bissau heading for Dakar or Conakry. All international shipping is controlled by an organisation called Guinea. The office is in Bissau, near the port.

Best Time To Visit: December and January.

Travel Around:

Air: There are no internal flights on the mainland.

Road: The main roads between Bissau and the towns of Gabfi, Cacheu and Farim, and to the border at Sko Domingos are all tarred and in good condition.

Sea and Lakes: From Bissau port there are ferries once a week to Bubaque Island (80 km to the south-west), twice a week to Bolama (40 km to the south), once a week to Catio, on the coast near the southern border with Guinea, and every morning (except Sunday) to Enxud - just across the bay from Bissau. They all leave from the port in Bissau.

Driving: International Driving Permit recommended, temporary licence available from local authorities on presentation of Uk licence.

Passport and Visa: Required, but NOT by the following : (1) Holders of United Nations Laissez-Passer travelling on duty. (2) Holders of a valid Seaman Book travelling on duty. Passport Validity: Passport must be valid for 6 months. Visas: Required, but NOT by the following: (1) Nationals of Guinea-Bissau (2) Nationals of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d'ivoire, Cuba, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone & Togo. Notes: (1) Visa applications should be made to the Guinea-Bissau Consulate in London at 8 palace Gate, flat 5 W8 5NF, Tel 020 7589 5253, fax 020 7589 9590.

Recommended Immunisation: diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, meningitis polio, TB, tetanus, typhoid, yellow fever. Recommended in some circumstance, seek further advice.

Compusory Vacination: Yellow fever certificate if arriving from infected areas.

Religion: Christian, indigenous beliefs, Muslim

Languages: Af, Pt

GDP: $160 per capita

Currency: Peso

Credit Cards: Are virtually useless except in Bissau-and the only for guests in Bissau's top hotel. The BIGB bank can arrange credit card cash advances.

International Dialing Code: 245

International Radios: BBC KHz : (daytime) 17830, 15400, 6005, (evening) 17830, 15400, 11835

Business Hours: Offices open from 7.30 to 14.00. Banks open from 7.30 to 14.30 Monday to Friday. Shops are open from 0730-1230 and 1430-1830 Monday to Friday.

Weekly Days Off: Saturday and Sunday

Public Holidays: Revolution Day (Nov 14) , Revolution Day (Nov 14), Christmas Day (Dec 25), Good Friday, End of Ramadhan, Tabaski (Valiable), New Years Day (Jan 1), Workers' Day (May 1), Independence Day (Sept 24)

Electricity: 220V AC 50Hv

Last Updated on Tuesday 1st December 2009

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