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Travel Warnings and Advisories

 

Guinea-Bissau Travel Warning

Start Date: Feb 12, 2007

 
Guinea-Bissau flag This Travel Warning is being updated to strongly urge Americans to defer all travel to Guinea until the situation stabilizes. The Department of State has ordered the departure of all eligible family members of U.S. mission employees. There has been violent unrest in Conakry and in towns throughout Guinea over the last three days, and the security climate shows no sign of stabilizing. At least 23 people died February 10-11. This supersedes the Travel Warning dated January 26, 2007.

Violent disturbances and destruction have occurred throughout Guinea. Looting has been widespread as protesters and vandals targeted government buildings and property owned by government officials. While foreigners, including Americans, are not specifically targeted, they are increasingly targets of opportunity if caught in the open. Local security forces are unable to guarantee the safety of foreigners.

Because of the continued instability, the Department of State has ordered the departure of U.S. Mission eligible family members. American citizens are strongly urged to defer all travel to Guinea until the situation stabilizes; American citizens in Guinea are urged to depart. The U.S. Embassy will remain open for emergency services with a limited staff. The airport remains open at this time though most airlines have cancelled international flights to Guinea. Those who wish to depart Guinea should do so as flights become available, and should contact the U.S. Embassy's Consular section for further information and assistance.

U.S. citizens who must travel to Guinea despite this Travel Warning 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 is 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 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 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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