Guinea Entry Requirements
Guinea Entry Requirements specify the rules that one must follow in order to enter Guinea hassle-free. These rules comprise the list of necessary documents that should be obtained prior to the intended trip, including a passport and relevant visa.
If you are a traveler planning to travel to Guinea, you must be a holder of a passport that will remain valid for at least 18o days from the date of submitting your visa application. Moreover, your passport cannot expire for the entire duration of your planned stay in Guinea.
In most cases, you may also need to obtain a visa. A visa for Guinea can be issued either online or directly at the Guinean diplomatic mission. Also, nationals of only one country - UAE - can obtain a Visa on Arrival in Guinea.
The type of visa that one needs to apply for is determined by a traveler's nationality, traveling purpose as well as the planned duration of stay in Guinea. According to the Guinean visa policy, citizens of around twenty countries can enjoy visa-free entry to Guinea.
The Guinean government introduced the electronic visa system, which enabled a number of countries worldwide to apply for the Guinea eVisa entirely online. Currently, there are around 105 different countries whose nationals can benefit from the online visa application and get their visas for Guinea without visiting the embassy.
Additionally, two countries need to obtain a visa in a traditional way regardless of their traveling motive or planned length of stay in Guinea. At the moment, they are nationals of Palestine and Zambia who are required to apply for an embassy visa before any trip to Guinea.
To enter the Guinean territory, travelers may need to meet vaccination requirements too. Every traveler to Guinea needs to have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate.
Amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Guinean authorities also required incoming travelers to present Covid-19 vaccination proof. Some coronavirus restrictions have already been lifted in Guinea, though. Currently, the country can be visited both by fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Unvaccinated travelers must produce a negative PCR test within 72 hours before planning to arrive in Guinea.
Important: As entry restrictions are subject to change at short notice, all travelers are advised to contact their travel agency, or the nearest Guinean embassy, to ensure the most recent and accurate information for their specific traveling purposes before going to Guinea.
Who can enter Guinea?
Guinea welcomes all international travelers, including vaccinated and non-vaccinated, for Covid-19. They may, however, need to meet different entry and exit requirements depending on their vaccination status.
Documents check-list for entering Guinea
- valid passport
- Guinea visa
- *PCR test taken 72 hrs prior to travel (both before entering and leaving Guinea)
- Yellow Fever vaccination certificate
- travel insurance (optional)
*Applicable only to unvaccinated travelers.
Testing, Vaccination, and Quarantine Requirements
As of 11 March 2022, fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from Covid-19 PCR testing requirements both when entering and exiting Guinea.
However, all travelers (aged 6 and over) who have not been administered the full regimen of the Covid-19 vaccine are still required to produce a PCR test and submit its negative result issued within 72 hours of entering or leaving Guinea.
Please note: The NHS testing service cannot be used to take a test before a trip to Guinea. A traveler needs to arrange Covid-19 test performance privately.
Guinean authorities no longer require arriving travelers to be fully vaccinated in order to be permitted to enter Guinea's territory.
Nevertheless, previously only fully vaccinated travelers were allowed to travel to Guinea. They must have met some requirements in order to recognize their vaccine as valid.
Guinea’s Ministry of Health approved the following vaccines:
- Johnson & Johnson (received at least 28 days prior to travel);
- AstraZeneca (with an interval of 8-12 weeks between doses and at least 14 days after receiving the second dose);
- Pfizer (with an interval of 3 weeks between doses and at least 14 days after receiving the second dose);
- Moderna (with an interval of 3-7 weeks between doses and at least 14 days after receiving the second dose);
- Sinopharm and Sinovac (with an interval of 3 weeks between doses and at least 14 days after receiving the second dose);
- Sputnik V (with an interval of 8-12 weeks between doses and at least 14 days after receiving the second dose).
Yellow fever certificate
A Yellow Fever certificate is mandatory to enter Guinea.
Anyone showing Covid-19 symptoms when in Guinea should self-isolate. For further instructions, it's best to contact the Agence Nationale Sécurité Santé (ANSS).
Traveling from Guinea
All travelers departing from Guinea must hold a negative PCR test certificate issued no earlier than 72 hrs before departure. Tests can be performed from Monday to Saturday between 8-14 in the Institut National de Santé Publique (INSP). It is a traveler who bears the costs of performing the test (650 000 GNF). The results can be checked here.
Every traveler should also remember to get familiar with the entry requirements of the next visited travel destination.
Traveling to Guinea
When preparing for your trip to Guinea, remember to consult your travel provider or airline to get the latest information on flight availability.
Conakry airport remains open for international flights. However, due to the political unrest in Guinea, including in the capital Conakry, any restrictions, including canceling air travel, may be implemented at short notice. You should also expect imposing travel bans or curfews at any time.
Regarding Covid-19 health advice, it is subject to change continually. It's essential to regularly check updates on health restrictions before planning any international travel.
Entry Rules for Children
Children aged 6 and older
Passengers arriving in Guinea who are 6 years of age or older will need to present a negative PCR test result issued no earlier than 72 hours prior to their planned arrival time.
Transit through Guinea
The Guinean Government didn't introduce any specific requirements for passengers transiting through Guinea.
Every transit traveler, however, must remember to apply for a visa for transit purposes. The visa should be obtained before the planned transit trip.
Visa on Arrival
As stated by the Guinean immigration law, nationals of the United Arab Emirates are the only ones who can obtain a Visa on Arrival to enter Guinea and stay there for tourism-related purposes for up to 90 days.
A national of the UAE who wishes to apply for the VoA must arrive at the Guinean border and go to the immigration checkpoint. Next, it will be necessary to submit the visa application together with the required additional documents, including a passport with a 6-month validity, flight ticket, accommodation proof, and travel itinerary. Also, an applicant will need to cover the visa processing fee so that the visa can be approved.
In 2015, the Government of Guinea introduced the electronic visa system enabling travelers from certain countries to obtain a visa via an entirely online application.
The Guinea eVisa is issued as a single-entry visa covering tourism purposes and remains valid for 3 months. Its holder can stay in Guinea for maximally 45 days.
Additionally, travelers planning only to transit through Guinea can obtain a 3-day transit visa.
In both cases, an applicant for a Guinea eVisa needs to remember to submit an online application at least 3 business days in advance of the planned journey.
Guinea Embassy Visa
Passport holders of two countries in the world must obtain an embassy visa before visiting Guinea. An embassy visa is required from nationals of Palestine and Zambia who are allowed to stay in Guinea for maximally 30 days with an embassy visa.
Since an embassy visa application may take several weeks, applicants should apply for their visas well in advance of the planned trip to Guinea. They will also need to provide a number of supporting documents and cover the processing fee.
The Guinean Government allows visa exemption for nationals of around twenty-two countries who can travel to Guinea visa-free simply with a valid passport and stay in the country for maximally 90 days (3 months).
Below, you will find the complete list of countries not requiring a visa to enter Guinea:
- The Gambia
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Sierra Leone
- Côte d’Ivoire
- South Africa
- Turkey (only diplomatic passport holders)
Passenger Locator Form
There's no need to complete any health declaration form either online or on paper to enter Guinea.
Guinea isn't well-known for its good quality and availability of medical services. Oppositely, travelers may encounter some difficulties in accessing medical care, even basic services, especially in remote Guinean areas.
Make sure to obtain the proper insurance before traveling to Guinea. Choose the one that will cover all the costs of evacuation, transportation, and medical treatment, including Covid-19.