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Travel Warnings and Advisories

 

Guinea-Bissau Travel Warning

Start Date: Jan 26, 2007

 
Guinea-Bissau flag This Travel Warning is being issued to alert American citizens to the dangers of travel to Guinea at this time. A general strike, now in its third week, turned violent in recent days, and despite ongoing negotiations retains the potential for further violence. The Department of State has authorized the departure of eligible family members. This is voluntary on their part and is not a mandatory evacuation. American citizens are strongly urged to defer travel to Guinea until the situation stabilizes. This supersedes the Public Announcement dated January 19, 2007.

The general strike has been increasingly violent at times, resulting in at least 50 deaths in recent days. Demonstrations, rock-throwing, tire-burning, and barricades have occurred in Conakry and in towns around the country.

Because of the continued instability and increased violence, the Department of State has authorized the departure of eligible family members of employees of the U.S. Embassy in Conakry. Peace Corps volunteers are conducting training in Mali; the Peace Corps office in Conakry is open. American citizens are strongly urged to defer travel to Guinea until the situation stabilizes. The U.S. Embassy is open with a reduced staff. The airport remains open at this time and airlines continue to service Guinea. Those who wish to depart Guinea should do so now while flights are still available.

U.S. citizens who must travel to Guinea should regularly monitor the Department's Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov where the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, Travel Warnings, and other Public Announcements can be found. Up to date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Americans living or traveling in Guinea are urged to register with the U.S. Embassy, where they may obtain updated information on travel and security within Guinea. Security updates are e-mailed to all registered Americans with an e-mail address. Registration is done online and can be done in advance of travel at https://travelregistration.state.gov. Americans without Internet access may register directly with the U.S. Embassy in Conakry. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

The U.S. Embassy located on the Transversale No. 2, Centre Administratif de Koloma opposite the New Radio Station in Ratoma, Conakry, Guinea; telephone +224-30-42-08-62 through 68 or fax +224-30-42-08-71; email consularconakr@state.gov. The U.S. embassy website is http://conakry.usembassy.gov/index.html. The Embassy's workweek is Monday through Thursday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm and Friday 7:30 am to 1:30 pm. The American Citizens Services (ACS) unit is open to the public each Tuesday and Friday, except for American and most local holidays.

 
 

 


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