Guinea Travel Facts

Natural Features: Guinea can be divided into 4 topographical regions: the Lower Guinea which comprises the coast and coastal plain, the northwestern Fouta Djalon hill region which rises sharply from the coastal region, the forests region, an isolated forested highland in the southwest forms Mt Nimba the country's highest peak and the northern dry low land.

Rainy Seasons: June to November (rainy season)

Getting There:

Air: Air France, KLM, Sabena and Aeroflot fly direct to Guinea. Ghana Airways and Air Afrique also fly to and from Europe, but the only way to go from the USA is by Air Afrique from New York to Dakar or Abidjan, where you have to transfer to a regional airline.

Road: Taxis, buses and minibuses are the way to cross into neighbouring countries by land, and you can enter Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Senegal overland

Sea: You can also reach Mali by river boat when the river is high enough, and a fast and luxurious hydrofoil service may start operating again between Conakry and Freetown when the civil war in Sierra Leone is definitely over and Freetown is rebuilt

Best Time To Visit: November to March.

Travel Around:

Air: Domestic air services fly from Conakry to Boke, Kissidougou, Kankan, Siguiri, Labé and Koundara.

Road: The government bus company, Sogetrag, runs between Conakry and all the main towns except for Nzerekore. Taxis cover the shorter runs between towns and reliable and cheap minibuses cover the longer routes.

Rail: Trains no longer run anywhere in the country.

Driving: International Driving Permit required

Passport and Visa: required, but NOT by the following: (1) Holders of valid Seaman Book travelling on duty Passport Validity: Passports must be valid for at least 6 months.

Visas: required but not by the following: (1) Nationals of Guinea (2) Nationals of Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Romania, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Tunisia & former Yugoslavia (3) Holdes of a re-entry permit.

Notes: (1) Authorisation for visas is required from the Department of Security , Conakry. Up to 5 weeks should be allowed for such authorisation. Applications for visas can be made at: (a) Embassy of Guinea in Brussels, Belgium be nationals of Belgium by nationals of Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands (b) Embassy of Guinea in paris, France (51 rue la Faisanderi, 75016) by national of France Portugal, Spain & Swizerland (c)Honary Consulate of Guinea in London (20 upper Grosvenor Street,W1X 9PB) by nationals of the Ireland Rep & United Kingdom (d) Embassy of Guinea in Rome, Italy (via Luigi Luciani 41) by nationals of Denmark, Iran italy, Norway & Sweeden (e) Other nationals apply to Embassies in Accra Addis Ababa, Algers, Beijing, Cairo Casablanca, Freetown, Havana, Jeddah, Lagos, Maputo, Monrovia, Moscow, New York, Nouakchott, Tokyo & Washington. (1) All visitors must hold onward or return tickets of a labour contract.

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

Compusory Vacination: Yellow fever certificate if arriving from infected areas. Exempt infants under 1 year

Religion: Christian, Indigenous beliefs, Muslim

Languages: Fr

GDP: $520 per capita

Currency: Guinea franc. (GNF)

Credit Cards: The utility of credit cards, even in Conakry, is strictly limited to a few of the larger hotels and car rental and air ticket payments.

International Dialing Code: 224

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

Business Hours: Government offices are open from 0730 to 1500 from Monday to Thursday and from 0730 to 1300 Friday to Saturday. Shops are open from from 0900-1800 Monday to Saturday.Shops are open from 0900-1800 Monday to Saturday.

Weekly Days Off: Saturday and Sunday

Public Holidays: Christmas Day (Dec 25), Easter Monday, End of Ramadan. (Variables), Market Women Revolt (Aug 27), Independence Day (Oct 1), Armed Forces Day (Nov 1), New Year's Day (Jan 1), Workers' Day (May 1), Freedom Day (1st Mon. Aug)

Electricity : 220V AC 50Hz

Last Updated on Tuesday 1st December 2009