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Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau: At a glance

Capital: Bissau

Population: 1.86 million

Official language: Portuguese

Time zone: Greenwich Mean Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Guinea-Bissau: Travel Health Information

Guinea-Bissau is known for its natural landscapes and wildlife. Travellers can visit Orango Island where they can witness hippos in the wild, and lounge on one of its many beaches. The colonial old town in Bissau is also a popular destination.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Guinea-Bissau may differ from your home country. Guinea-Bissau has a public healthcare system but the quality of care does not meet international standards. Healthcare services are available in the capital city of Bissau, but care is extremely limited throughout the rest of the country. Essential medicines and equipment are often in short supply.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Guinea-Bissau typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation – often to Western Europe – will be required for medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Guinea-Bissau.

Pharmacies and medications

Access to pharmacies may vary by region in Guinea-Bissau, but access can be very limited. Make sure to pack a sufficient supply of essential medications for the duration of your trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Guinea-Bissau’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in Guinea-Bissau are generally poorly maintained. Inconsistent electricity may mean that even major roads are unlit. Seat belts should be worn at all times for safety. Helmets are required by motorcycle drivers and passengers at all times.



Guinea-Bissau: At a glance

Capital: Bissau

Population: 1.86 million

Official language: Portuguese

Time zone: Greenwich Mean Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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