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Reviewed: 22 October 2013, 10:50 NZDT
Still current at: 05 December 2013
There is extreme risk to your security in the border regions with Sierra Leone, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire due to the unstable security situation and we advise against all travel to these areas.
There is high risk to your security elsewhere in Guinea due to the unpredictable security and political situation. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel.
Ethnic tensions are an issue in Guinea, and outbreaks of violence can occur anywhere at any time. New Zealanders in Guinea are advised to monitor the media and other local sources for new information on possible threats to safety and security.
Demonstrations, protests and political rallies occur regularly in Guinea, mainly in response to domestic political developments. Sometimes this leads to violence. New Zealanders in Guinea are advised to avoid all demonstrations, protests and large public gatherings as even those intended as peaceful have the potential to turn violent with little warning.
Armed robberies and car-jackings are becoming increasingly common throughout Guinea, especially at night. Walking alone or travelling after dark is not recommended and no resistance should be given if you are the victim of an armed robbery or carjacking, as this could lead to an escalation in violence.
As foreigners are often targeted due to their perceived wealth, we advise New Zealanders to be particularly cautious near the Conakry airport and in areas frequented by foreigners. It is advisable to arrange for an airport transfer service prior to your arrival if your flight is scheduled to arrive after dark.
Piracy has been reported in the coastal waters off Guinea. Mariners are advised to be vigilant and take appropriate precautionary measures in these waters. For more information view the International Maritime Bureau's piracy report.
General Travel Advice
As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in Guinea, the ability of the government to provide consular assistance to New Zealand citizens is severely limited.
The Guinean authorities maintain police checkpoints throughout the country and it is a legal requirement to carry identity documents at all times. The Guinean authorities allow you to provide photocopies of the relevant pages of your passport, provided the copies are certified by the Guinean police. We recommend you keep your passport in a safe place.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Guinea should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Guinea are strongly encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.