Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 2 March 2017, 16:21 NZDT
  • Still current at: 24 November 2017

High Risk

There is high risk to your security in the northwest part of the country that borders the Casamance region in Senegal due to incidents of armed banditry and the presence of armed rebel groups.  We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel.

Some Risk

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Guinea-Bissau due to political instability and we advise caution.

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Political instability/civil unrest
While the security situation is currently calm, Guinea-Bissau has a history of political instability and periodic violence. A coup d’etat took place in 2012 and further civil or military unrest is possible.  

New Zealanders in Guinea-Bissau are advised to closely follow local political developments by monitoring the media. We recommend maintaining a high level of personal security awareness at all times and avoiding all large public gatherings and demonstrations, as they have the potential to turn violent.  

Crime
While violent crime towards foreigners is not common, foreigners may be the targets of opportunistic crime, such as pickpocketing or robbery. Walking alone or travelling after dark is not recommended and if travelling by road, car doors should be locked and windows up. As foreigners are often targeted due to their perceived wealth, avoid wearing or displaying valuables, such as jewellery and mobile devices.

Landmines
Although the capital city of Bissau was declared mine-free in 2006, unexploded landmines continue to present a hazard in many other parts of Guinea-Bissau.

Travellers are advised to drive on well-travelled roads only and not to venture off well-used paths, especially if travelling in rural areas in the interior of the country.

General travel advice
As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in Guinea-Bissau, the ability of the government to assist New Zealand citizens is severely limited.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Guinea-Bissau should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Guinea-Bissau are strongly advised to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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