Destination Information for Guinea Bissau
The former Portuguese colony of Guinea-Bissau is on the West coast of Africa bordered by Senegal and Guinea. This is a cheerful and laid-back country with a Latin feel to it, and is one of only a few African countries to celebrate carnival time. The streets of the capital, Bissau are filled with music and dancing each February, and if you’re visiting to experience true African culture and joie de vivre, this is the time to do so! Bissau is easy to navigate and offers plenty in the way of bars and restaurants for those wishing to sample local life.
Guinea-Bissau is the ideal destination from which to explore the Bijagós Archipelago, which is just off the coast. This is a UNESCO listed National Park, famous for its rare pygmy hippos, as well as sea life including sharks, manatees and turtles. Inland is the busy market town of Gabú, with nightclubs, bars and hotels, making for a convenient place to stop if you’re travelling to or from the coastal areas. Guinea-Bissau is warm all year round, although there is a rainy season between June and October, and the country typically experiences drought between December and April.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout the country and anti-malarial medication is recommended.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.
There is no British embassy in Guinea Bissau. Please contact the FCO for advice.