Health Alert: COVID-19 and Possible Air France Flights in May

As of May 15, there are 2,727 cases of COVID-19 and 25 deaths reported in Guinea since March 12, 2020.

The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging additional repatriation flights from Guinea to the United States at this time.  U.S. citizens who wish to depart Guinea should do so as soon as a commercial option is available or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  

Ethiopian Airlines

We have been informed that Ethiopian Airlines will not operate the flights they had listed on their website last week.

Air France

We have been informed that Air France may have humanitarian flights scheduled to fly from Conakry to Paris on May 21, May 28, June 4, and June 11. These are commercial flights which must be booked and paid for by the traveler.

Any U.S. citizen or U.S. Legal Permanent Resident traveler who wishes to take advantage of this flight must also have a fully confirmed and paid immediate onward flight to the United States from Paris.  We STRONGLY suggest that you book your entire trip back to the U.S. on Air France so the airline is assured of your onward travel.  We understand that these flights give preference to French and EU citizens.

Please contact the Air France ticket office in Kaloum by phone at +224 664 202 203 or in person at https://www.airfrance.com/cgi-bin/AF/GN/fr/local/process/misc/RetrieveAgencyAction.do?name=agence+conakry+ville

I need to transit through France to get home.  Will I be allowed to do that?

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents are currently permitted to transit Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport only if they have a direct, onward flight to the United States.

You MUST have your entire, direct flight from Guinea to the U.S. booked and verifiable by the airline prior to being boarded for the flight to Paris.  In other words, when attempting to book a flight from Guinea to the United States via Paris, you would contact Air France to book the entire flight.

READ!!!!  Anyone transiting through France to reach the United States must have an attestation, available in French here, with the English version here.   You do not need, and we cannot offer, an endorsement from the Embassy for this attestation.  You must present this completed form to the airline before boarding your flight.

While in the Paris Airport:

Travelers are not permitted to leave the international zone and will not be admitted to France.  You will NOT be allowed to leave the departure area of the airport unless you are a French or E.U. citizen. Food and other services in the transit area are extremely limited. Passengers should be prepared to be self-sufficient during their transit.

The Gbessia International Airport in Conakry is closed to commercial traffic, and there no regular options for air travel into or out of Guinea.  Any information we received regarding resumption of commercial air operations will be shared in STEP messages.

U.S. citizens who have not already done so, please enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) as all information is disseminated through STEP messages.  U.S. government personnel in Guinea are teleworking to reduce the risk of transmission, have instituted telework and teleconferencing expansions, cancelled all but urgent outside meetings, and directed that only critical in-person meetings be held internally. This shelter-in-place directive has been extended through at least May 22, 2020.

The government of Guinea has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and declared a Health State of Emergency through June 15, 2020.

Visit our website at https://gn.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/ for additional information on these new measures. On March 19, 2020 the Department of State issued a Level 4 Global Health Advisory  to U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of US personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19. In response to the ongoing global COVID-19 outbreak the Peace Corps has withdrawn all Peace Corps volunteers from Guinea. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Warning for COVID-19  advising travelers to avoid all non-essential travel.

Actions to Take:

-Enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)<https://step.state.gov/step/>

-Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.

-For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations

-Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.

-Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.

-Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Guinea.

-Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Conakry, Guinea

Phone number: +224-655-10-40-00

Email address: ConakryACS@state.gov

https://gn.usembassy.gov/

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444