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Travel Warning & Consular Information Sheet for Guinea Bissau

Guinea Bissau - Consular Information Sheet
May 11, 2001

WARNING (Issued April 30, 2001): The Department of State warns American citizens against travel to Guinea-Bissau. The U.S. Embassy suspended operations and all U.S. Government personnel departed Guinea-Bissau as of June 14, 1998. Although the civil war that led to the closure of the Embassy ended in 1999, travelers should be aware that the political situation still lacks stability and that conditions remain unsettled and potentially dangerous. While limited U.S. Government travel is now permitted to Guinea-Bissau, there is no U.S. Embassy or other diplomatic representation in Guinea-Bissau to provide up-to-date security assessments or consular assistance to U.S. citizens.

U.S. citizens who decide to travel to Guinea-Bissau despite this Travel Warning should exercise a high level of caution. Since there are minefields in Guinea-Bissau left over from the civil war, travelers should not leave designated roads and pathways. There are frequent power outages in the capital, Bissau, and the lack of lighting at night makes careful driving necessary. Although there is a fairly low incidence of normal daytime street crime, travelers should refrain from walking alone at night and should observe security precautions in the city, particularly with regard to pickpocket activity in marketplaces.

EMBASSY LOCATION AND REGISTRATION: The U.S. Embassy in Guinea-Bissau remains closed. U.S. citizens who plan to enter Guinea-Bissau despite the Travel Warning are encouraged to register with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy at Avenue Jean XXIII, Dakar, Senegal. The mailing address is B.P. 49, Dakar, Senegal. The telephone number is (221)823-4296 and fax (221)822-5903. The e-mail address is consulardakar@state.gov.



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