FAQs

HOW DO I GET A VISA TO ENTER GUINEA?

Please contact the Embassy of the Republic of Guinea for the most current visa information. The Embassy of the Republic of Guinea in Washington, D.C. is located at:

2112 Leroy Street, NW,

Washington, DC 20008

Tel: (202)986-4300

Fax: (478-3010

Overseas, inquiries should be made at the nearest Guinean embassy or consulate.

WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ON CONDUCTING BUSINESS IN GUINEA?

Visit our Commercial Services page for more information on doing business in Guinea and the services the embassy offers for American companies, or contact the Economic/Commercial section (contact details at right).

HOW DO I SUBMIT INFORMATION REGARDING MY FIRM?

Please contact the embassy’s Economic/Commercial section (contact details at right). We’re always interested to know what American companies are doing in Guinea.

HOW DO I CONTACT A GUINEAN OFFICIAL?

Please direct inquiries regarding contacting Guinean officials to the Embassy of the Republic of Guinea. The Embassy of the Republic of Guinea in Washington, D.C. is located at:

2112 Leroy Street, NW,

Washington, DC 20008

Tel: (202)986-4300

Fax: (202) 478-3010

Overseas, inquiries should be made at the nearest Guinean embassy or consulate.

 I HAVE BEEN APPROACHED ABOUT A BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY IN GUINEA. IS THIS A SCAM?

Be advised that business scams are very common in Guinea, especially in deals involving diamonds or gold dust. There is no way to guarantee a deal is not a scam, but the following tips may help:

  • Carry out your due diligence and make sure you know who you are dealing with; do not do business with people who approach you on the street or through unsolicited emails.
  • As a buyer, do not pay any money until the goods are in your possession and you have personally ensured that the goods are of the quality, quantity, and value you expected, particularly for gold and diamonds. Scammers often ask for money before delivering the product, ostensibly for fees of various kinds, and then disappear with the money.
  • As a seller, insist on an irrevocable letter of credit from the buyer or cash payment up front.
  • Pay customs duties and other fees directly to government officials, not through a middleman or the buyer/seller.
  • Make shipping arrangements personally rather than relying on a middleman or the buyer/seller.
  • If buying gold or diamonds, carry your purchases out of Guinea yourself instead of relying on a shipping service or a courier provided by the seller.

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

HOW DO I KNOW IF A GUINEAN POTENTIAL BUSINESS PARTNER IS LEGITIMATE?

For a fee, the embassy’s Economic/Commercial section can collect some basic background information on a local business. See the Commercial Services page for more detail.

I THINK I’VE BEEN SCAMMED; WHAT CAN THE EMBASSY DO TO HELP?

The embassy CANNOT:

  • Arrest alleged scammers or charge them with a crime.
  • Ask local authorities to arrest or charge alleged scammers.
  • Seize alleged scammers’ assets to repay the money you lost.
  • Ask local authorities to seize assets.

The embassy CAN:

  • Provide a list of local lawyers if you wish to take legal action in Guinea’s court system.
  • Document the incident; this helps us track trends and warn others who might fall for the same scam.
  • Provide consular services for Americans in Guinea who find themselves in distress. Please see the U.S. Citizen Services section for more details and contact information.

If you think you have been a victim of an email scam or other internet-related scam, we also suggest contacting the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), which provides an easy way to forward internet-related crime complaints to the appropriate U.S. investigative agency.