It is notoriously hard to get a visa for Guinea, and since all nationals are required to have one in order to enter the country, it remains one of the least visited places on earth. Visas are available at any Guinean consulate or embassy, and processing time varies according to your nationality. There are two main types of tourist visas—a one-month single-entry visa or a three-month multiple-entry visa.

Travelers will need a yellow fever vaccination certificate in order to obtain a visa. You are also required to present a return ticket or show least sufficient funds for a return flight home.

Health and Safety

Guinea has a very poor medical system. Clinics and hospitals lack sufficient facilities and supplies. Emergency and rescue services are also virtually nonexistent so be careful in all aspects of your travel, from trying unusual cuisine to taking on challenging treks and activities. To be safe, drink bottled water at all times, as tap water is considered unsanitary throughout the country. Malaria is also prevalent, so make sure to take anti-malaria medication, especially when staying for a long period of time. Diarrheal diseases are also common, as well as hepatitis C, E and B.

Guinea is considered one of West Africa’s most unstable countries; thus, criminal activities are widespread. Non-violent crimes such as pickpocketing and bag snatching are prevalent in cities, so keep a close eye on your belongings especially in crowded areas like markets.