AS OF OCTOBER 30, AUTHORITIES IN GUINEA-BISSAU HAVE MAINTAINED THE COUNTRY'S STATE OF CALAMITY AS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT'S EFFORTS TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19). THE STATE OF CALAMITY WILL BE IN PLACE THROUGH AT LEAST DECEMBER 8. THE EDICT FOLLOWS REPEATED EXTENSIONS OF THE COUNTRY'S STATE OF EMERGENCY AND THE GRADUAL LIFTING OF SOME OF THE ASSOCIATED RESTRICTIVE MEASURES. INTERNATONAL PASSENGER FLIGHTS HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO RESUME IN RECENT MONTHS. ALL TRAVELERS INTENDING ON ENTERING THE COUNTRY WILL ONLY BE PERMITTED ENTRY ON THE PROVISION OF A NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST TAKEN UP TO 72 HOURS BEFORE TRAVEL. TRAVELERS WITHOUT A TEST CERTIFICATE WILL BE QUARANTINED FOR 14 DAYS. TRAVELERS WHO DISPLAY SYMPTOMS, OR HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH OTHER TRAVELERS WHO DISPLAY SYMPTOMS, ALSO RISK ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE MEASURES. ALL RESTRICTIONS ARE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT, AND RELAXED MEASURES COULD BE REIMPOSED AT SHORT NOTICE.
RECONSIDER TRAVEL TO GUINEA-BISSAU DUE TO CRIME AND CIVIL UNREST.
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Threats to security in Guinea-Bissau are generally high. Crime generally poses a high threat in Guinea-Bissau. Petty crime is an ever-present threat globally, but in Guinea-Bissau, other criminal threats include home invasion, carjacking, mugging, burglary, armed robbery, and sexual assault. Criminal activity is most prevalent in urban, rural, and tourist locations, Bissau.
The trustworthiness, capabilities, and responsiveness of security services in Guinea-Bissau are generally poor. In Guinea-Bissau, foreign nationals should not rely on security forces and instead liaise with their diplomatic mission, if possible. Some police officers are typically able to speak Portuguese, although no foreign languages.
The prevalence of violent demonstrations in Guinea-Bissau is moderate. Potentially dangerous protests or endemic civil strife are most common in Bissau, and usually cause significant transportation delays.
The threat of terrorism is low in Guinea-Bissau. No specific threats exist, and Guinea-Bissau must not currently be considered a potential target; however, authorities remain vigilant due to the growing threats of terrorism in West Africa. No known indigenous or international terrorist groups operate in Guinea-Bissau.
For most foreign nationals, the threat of kidnapping in Guinea-Bissau is generally low; kidnappers are more likely to target locals. Victims are usually released unharmed but may also face the threat of injury or death during confinement.
Protests occur often in Guinea-Bissau and sometimes devolve into violence. Most demonstrations are related to labor, economic conditions, social issues, or political developments, such as election campaigns and coups. Protests are most common in Bissau and often take place in the downtown area, typically causing significant transportation delays. Demonstrations frequently turn violent and degenerate into confrontations between rival protesters, or with security forces.
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Guinea-Bissau are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines. Drug trafficking is endemic in Guinea-Bissau.
Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately.