Last updated: 6 May 2018

Guinea Bissau

About

Guinea-Bissau is a small coastal country just to the South of Senegal where the people speak a host of local languages and Creole together with Portuguese and a little bit of French.

Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Bissau, the capital. The Portuguese quarter, with its winding streets and Mediterranean-style houses, is worth a visit.

Guinea-Bissau’s beaches and wildlife are exceptional while West African traditions and Portuguese colonial remains can still be seen. On the coast, you can find fishing villages surrounded by forests, whereas further inland the country is dry and dusty.

Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Bissau, the capital. The Portuguese quarter, with its winding streets and Mediterranean-style houses, is worth a visit.

Visit the Museum of African Artefacts, which is a treasure trove of traditional sculpture, pottery, weaving and basketware. Visit the Cantanhez Natural Park in Jemberem. This community-based conservation project was initiated to protect birds, monkeys and chimpanzees.
Capital:  Bissau (OXB)
Currency:  West African CFA Franc (XOF)
Language:  Portuguese. Guinean Creole, Balante and Fulani are also spoken.
Dialling code from SA:  + 245
Time Zones: No UTC / GMT offset (2 hours behind South Africa)
Public Holidays 2018:

Jan 1, 20; Mar 8; May 1; Jun 15; Aug 3, 22; Sep 24; Dec 25

Side of the Road: Right. (An International Driving Permit is recommended, although it is not legally required.)
Best Time to go: Late November – February
Best For: Beaches, Wildlife, Cultural Exploration
Plugs: Limited electricity supply on 220 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style plugs with two round pins are used.
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 and social customs should be shown.
Local Offences / Laws: Homosexuality is illegal.
Duty Free: The following goods can be imported into Guinea-Bissau without incurring customs duty:
• A reasonable quantity of tobacco products.
• A reasonable quantity of perfume in opened bottles.

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SA Representative

SA Embassy
CP 1334, Bissau,
Guinea Bissau
Tel: +245 66554-444
E-mail: bissau@foreign.gov.za

Travel Health

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