Last updated: 1 Nov 2018

Guinea

About

The Republic of Guinea is bordered by Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Guinea's main attraction to tourists is its relatively undisturbed countryside. Its landscape varies from mountains to plains and from savannah to forest and the three great rivers of West Africa (the Gambia, the Senegal and the Niger) all originate here. There is also a National Museum (Musée National), with a collection of masks, statues and musical instruments. The Palais du Peuple is a large, Chinese-built auditorium that is home to two national ballet troupes.

The town of Katikan is interesting for its open air markets and Great Mosque, along with the Presidential Palace. A medium-length excursion from Conakry is the town of Kindia, renowned for its quality of cloth and weaving - an indigo dyeing centre and a cloth market grace the centre.

If Guinea has a 'party town', it is probably going to be Faranah. When the sun sets, this town buzzes with people frequenting the area's cafes and restaurants. Its great mosque, villas, wine boulevards and markets make this an interesting stop along the source of the Niger. Known as the land of waters, fruit, faith and freedom, the Fouta Djalon highlands are renowned for their picturesque hills, offering superb views and ideal for hiking.
Capital:  Conakry (CKY)
Currency:  Guinea Franc (GNF)
Language:  French and several local languages (Fula, Malinke, Susu, Kissi, Kpelle and Toma)
Dialling code from SA:  + 224
Time Zones: No GMT offset (2 hours behind South Africa)
Public Holidays 2018: 

Apr 2; May 1, 25; Jun 10, 15; Aug 15, 22; Oct 2; Nov 21; Dec 25

Side of the Road: Right
Plugs: 220 volts, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs with round pins are standard
Drinking Water: All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Milk is unpasteurised.
Health: Medical facilities are very limited. It is advisable to carry basic medical supplies.  Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage. Doctors will require cash payment regardless of whether you have health insurance.
Customs: Respect to religious (Muslim) customs should be shown
Local Offences / Laws: A permit is required to photograph buildings.
Travel Tips / Warnings: Limited acceptance of credit cards. Guinea has a cash economy. ATMs are not available.
Duty Free: The following goods may be imported into Guinea without incurring customs duty:
• 1,000 cigarettes or 250 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 1 bottle of alcoholic beverage (opened).
• A reasonable quantity of perfume.

Issuing Authorities

Embassy of the Rep. of Guinea,
336 Orient Street Arcadia 0083
P O Box 13523 Hatfield 0028
Tel: (012) 342-0893
Fax: (012) 342-7348
Mon-Thur :09h00-12h00: (Submissions & Collections)
Fri : 09h00-13h00  
E-mail: embaguinea@iafrica.com

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SA Representative

South African Embassy
Tel: 00 224 24 76 79 21 / 64 29 92 44 (consular)
E-mail: conakryc@yahoo.co.uk

Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever 
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A & B, Meningitis, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio
  Malaria Risk