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 firstname.lastname@example.org.