Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 8 March 2017, 10:07 NZDT
  • Still current at: 21 August 2017

High Risk

There is high risk to your security in the border regions with Sierra Leone, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire due to cross-border military and rebel activity and the threat of banditry. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these areas.

Some Risk

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Guinea due to violent crime and the potential for civil unrest. We advise caution. 

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Violent Crime
Violent crime is a concern in Guinea. Armed robberies, carjackings and muggings are becoming increasingly common throughout the country, especially at night. Violent crime is sometimes carried out by individuals wearing police or military uniforms.  

As foreigners may be targeted due to their perceived wealth, avoid displaying or wearing items that appear valuable such as mobile devices and jewellery. Walking alone or travelling after dark should be avoided and if travelling by road, car doors should be locked and windows up. 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.  

Civil Unrest
Ethnic tensions are an issue in Guinea. In the past, there have been instances of ethnic violence in parts of the country, such as the south-east, which have resulted in a large number of deaths. Demonstrations, protests and political rallies also occur regularly in Guinea, often in response to domestic political developments or around elections.  Protests occasionally lead to violence or clashes with security forces.

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. We also advise monitoring the media and other local sources for new information on possible threats to safety and security. During periods of unrest, the supply of essential goods and services, such as food, water and transport, may be disrupted. 

Ebola Virus Disease
Following an Ebola outbreak in 2014, the WorldHealth Organisation (WHO) declared Guinea free of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) transmission in June 2016. For more information on Ebola, please see the Ministry of Health’s website.

Local travel
There are checkpoints and roadblocks, manned by Guinean authorities and other groups, throughout the country. It is a legal requirement to carry identity documents at all times and travellers may be submitted to checks or required to pay money.  

New Zealanders are advised to be particularly security conscious near the Conakry airport. If your flight is scheduled to arrive after dark, it is advisable to arrange for an airport transfer service prior to your arrival.  Do not accept unsolicited offers of assistance. 

Piracy
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.

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 encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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