Security Alert – Upcoming Election in Guinea-U. S. Embassy Conakry, Guinea 

Location: Throughout Guinea

Event:  Guinean Presidential Election Scheduled for Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Guinean presidential elections are scheduled for Sunday, October 18.  There is always a possibility protest activity may occur in Conakry and throughout Guinea at any given time. The frequency and intensity of protest activity increases as an election date approaches, and U.S. citizens should remain particularly vigilant until well after October 18.

The U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Guinea, advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Guinea due to COVID-19, and to exercise increased caution in Guinea due to civil unrest.

Typical locations for protest activity often include, but are not limited to, Rue le Prince from the Cosa intersection, to the Bambeto traffic circle, to the Hamdallaye traffic circle.  When violence occurs during these protests, it often takes the form of blocked traffic, burned tires in the streets, and rocks and debris thrown at passing vehicles.

On election day, all roads will be closed to non-emergency traffic.  Vehicles without special election worker permits will not be allowed on the roads.

  • Avoid demonstrations and crowds.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Keep travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook