COVID-19 Information

Alerts and Messages for Guinea 

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  October 19, 2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • As of October 19, 2020, Guinea has confirmed 11,518 cases of COVID-19 within its borders since March 12, 2020, and 70 hospital deaths. Guinea does not report non-hospital deaths due to COVID-19.
  • The Gbessia International Airport in Conakry is open, and some airlines are resuming regular flight schedules.
  • The Guinean Ministry of Health has activated a COVID-19 hotline-just dial 115 from any phone in Guinea.
  • The government of Guinea has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • A Health State of Emergency has been extended through November 16, 2020.
  • A curfew has been imposed between midnight and 4 a.m.in the greater Conakry (Conakry, Coyah, and Dubreka) area.
  • Masks must always be worn in public spaces. There is a fine of 50,000 GNF (approximately USD 5) for each infraction.
  • Places of worship have fully reopened.
  • Businesses, including restaurants and bars are allowed to reopen with use of masks and social distancing measures required.
  • Schools have reopened.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?   Yes
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes 
  • Masks are always required in the airport and on airplanes.
  • All travelers must have at least three (3) masks per person with them.
  • Some airlines require that the masks be surgical type masks.
  • Travelers must coordinate with their airline for specific requirements.  Airlines may have their own separate requirements.
  • All arriving and departing travelers must present the results of a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test.
  • Arriving passengers:  testing must be completed no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Guinea or the traveler will be tested upon arrival and be required to quarantine for 14 days.
  • Arriving passengers with proof of a negative test within the 72 hours prior to arrival will not undergo any additional testing or quarantine in Guinea.
  • Arriving passengers with symptoms or who test positive for COVID-19 will be sent to a designated treatment center until two negative tests are completed.
  • Departing passengers: only the National Public Health Institute (Agence Nationale de la Sécurité Sanitaire (ANSS)) lab is authorized to provide testing and certificates for outbound travelers for a fee of 650,000 GNF (approximately $67).  Certificates must be dated no more than three (3) days prior to departure from Guinea.  Tests may be completed only at the following test sites:
  • Matoto : CT-Epi Gbessia,
  • Ratoma : CT-Epi Nongo,
  • Kaloum : Jardin 2 Octobre,
  • Dixinn et Matam : Hôpital Donka
  • Residents and/or tourists who require a visa extension should contact the Guinean Border Police (La Police aux Frontières) at the Conakry airport.
  • Visa extensions for departing passengers can be applied and paid for at the airport immediately before departing the country.  Departing travelers who require an extension should arrive at the airport early to complete this process.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place?  Yes 
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  No
  • Land borders between Guinea and Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Côte d’Ivoire, and Libera are closed.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?
  • Arriving travelers with outdated test results, with symptoms, or who test positive for COVID-19 on entry will be sent to a designated treatment center under quarantine until two negative tests are completed.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Call the Guinea COVID-19 hotline at 115 from anywhere within Guinea for information on COVID-19 testing options.
  • The U.S. Embassy does NOT provide COVID-19 testing.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating?  Yes 
  • Is public transportation operating?  No
  • There is no public transportation system in Guinea.
  • Fines for Non-Compliance: A fine of 50,000 GNF (approximately USD 5) for non-compliance with mask requirements may be imposed.

Consular Operations:

  • U.S. Embassy in Conakry staff is largely teleworking.
  •  A limited number of appointments for renewal of U.S. passports, applications for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and notarial services are available.   Go to https://gn.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/ for more information and to make an appointment.
  • U.S. citizens must register online in STEP to receive up-to-date information from the U.S. Embassy.
  • All consular section appointments for visa and DNA services have been cancelled until further notice. We do not know when these services will resume.

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