Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens exercise increased caution in Guinea due to civil unrest. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in this country.

Passport/Visa Requirements

US citizens should make sure their passport will not expire for at least 6 months after they enter the country even if they do not intend to stay that long. They should also make sure they have at least 1 blank page in their passport for each entry stamp/visa that will be required. A visa is required. US citizens will need to get in touch with the country’s embassy or nearest consulate to obtain a visa prior to visiting the country.

US Embassy/Consulate

+(224) 655-10-4000; EMER: +(224) 657-10-4311; US Embassy Conakry, US Embassy is located in Koloma, Conakry, east of Hamdallaye Circle near Bambeto Circle at the following address: American Embassy Conakry, PO Box 603, Transversale No. 2, Centre Administra

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

Local numbers only


An International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever is required for travelers arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission and for travelers having transited through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. See WHO recommendations. On 21 March 2022, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Travel Alert for polio in Africa; Guinea is currently considered a high risk to travelers for polio; the CDC recommends that before any international travel, anyone unvaccinated, incompletely vaccinated, or with an unknown polio vaccination status should complete the routine polio vaccine series; before travel to any high-risk destination, CDC recommends that adults who previously completed the full, routine polio vaccine series receive a single, lifetime booster dose of polio vaccine.


Generally hot and humid; monsoonal-type rainy season (June to November) with southwesterly winds; dry season (December to May) with northeasterly harmattan winds

Currency (Code)

Guinean francs (GNF)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

220 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): C, F, K

Plug Type CPlug Type FPlug Type K

Major Languages

French, Pular, Maninka, Susu, other native languages; note: about 40 languages are spoken; each ethnic group has its own language

Major Religions

Muslim 89.1%, Christian 6.8%, animist 1.6%

Time Difference

UTC 0 (5 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Potable Water

Opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve; Alcatraz Island Guinea; Badiar National Park; Belle Air Beach; Bridal Veil Falls

Major Sports


Cultural Practices

Although direct eye contact is usually acceptable, refrain from doing so with elders.

Tipping Guidelines

Tips are appreciated, but not expected. In restaurants, if no service charge has been added, 10% is acceptable for a gratuity.


Native and custom-tailored clothing, wood carvings, ceremonial tribal masks and drums, calabash gourds, leather rugs, skin care products

Traditional Cuisine

Poulet Yassa — a chicken dish made with an onion-and lemon-infused marinade

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Wednesday, October 05, 2022