Guinea insurance – quick facts
- Riots and demonstrations are likely
- International health insurance in Guinea is strongly advised, along with cover for emergency evacuation
- Armed robbery is increasingly common
Critically important protection
Specialist Guinea insurance will be required if you have to visit this beautiful yet potentially volatile West African country. Though tragically caught up in the Ebola outbreak in 2014, Guinea was declared free of the disease in June 2016 and travel restrictions were lifted. However the risk of terrorism, poor health facilities, hazardous road travel and occasional political instability, mean that Guinea insurance needs to be robust.
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. A history of political unrest, corruption, lawlessness and violent crime can make it a dangerous prospect. There is also a threat of terrorism targeted on places frequented by 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 claimed 100s of lives and, though there have been no cases since 2016, 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.
Armed muggings, even in broad daylight, can occur, often carried out by people in military uniforms. Foreigners can be especially vulnerable to corruption and extortion, 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 can be tense 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.
The Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the UK regularly updates its advice to British travellers about immediate risks.