Specialist Guinea insurance will be required if you have to visit this volatile West African country. Due to the 2014 Ebola outbreak and the uncertain security situation the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against all but essential travel here, and consequently standard western insurance policies may be inadequate or invalid.
Guinea insurance – quick facts
- Contact us for specialist insurance advice regarding 2014 Ebola outbreak
- Riots and demonstrations are likely
- International health insurance in Guinea is strongly advised, along with cover for emergency evacuation
- Armed robbery is increasingly common
Get the right insurance for Guinea
- Specialist Guinea insurance – can include protection for personnel, property, vehicles and equipment
- We can cover all of your business liabilities in Guinea and help you to understand and meet contractual and local insurance obligations
- Due to limited medical facilities and the risks to personal security, specialist Guinea insurance is advised for visitors and expats
- We can cover you for life, personal accident, personal disability, medical emergencies, evacuation and other specialist insurance needs
Potential dangers in Guinea
Although endowed with astonishing scenery and rich mineral wealth, decades of repression and economic mismanagement have kept Guinea one of the poorest countries in West Africa. Widespread political unrest, accompanied by corruption, lawlessness and violent crime make it a dangerous prospect for foreign nationals.
You should take appropriate security precautions and make certain that your Guinea insurance covers you for all possible eventualities.
The Ebola outbreak of 2014 has claimed 100s of lives and presents huge risks and challenges for expats and health and NGO workers in the region. Anyone living or visiting Guinea should keep up to date with the local situation and follow advice from the National Travel Health Network Centre and FCO. If you are travelling to Guinea during the crisis, please contact us for specialist insurance advice.
Armed muggings, even in broad daylight, are a common occurrence, frequently carried out by people in military uniforms. Foreigners are especially vulnerable, and the airport, markets, hotels and restaurants are favoured places of attack. In the event of robbery, or worse, be warned that the authorities may be of little help since corruption seems endemic in every institution.
The border areas with Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire are very dangerous due to violent ethnic and cross-border tensions. There have also been incidents of piracy in Guinea waters.
Since healthcare facilities are sparse, medical emergencies need to be evacuated by air ambulance to a country with appropriate care and you must include provision for this along with comprehensive international health insurance in Guinea.
Latest Foreign & Commonwealth Office advice
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to Guinea. The 2014 Ebola outbreak has left scarce healthcare resources at breaking point. Theft at gunpoint is increasingly common throughout Guinea. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.