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Health Alert: COVID-19 and Possible Ethiopian Airlines Flights
May 15, 2020

Subject:  Health Alert: COVID-19 and Possible Ethiopian Airlines Flights (May 15, 2020)

As of May 15, there are 2,473 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 24 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.  

The Conakry airport is still closed to regular commercial flights and the Health State of Emergency for Guinea has just been extended until June 15, 2020.  We understand that the flights Ethiopian Airlines has been advertising may now be cancelled.

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  In response to the ongoing global COVID-19 outbreak the Peace Corps has withdrawn all Peace Corps volunteers from Guinea.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.