Guinea-Bissau Entry and Travel Requirements
The conditions of entry to Guinea-Bissau regulate all the rules that a person must respect in order to enter the country without any problems. These requirements include a list of certain documents that in most cases must be prepared before the planned trip.
One of the most important documents that travelers must have in Guinea-Bissau is a passport. In addition, the passport cannot expire before at least 6 months from the expected date of arrival in the country.
A valid visa is an equally important document. As stated in the Guinea-Bissau visa policy, depending on the traveler's nationality, desired length of stay and reason for travel, different visa types may be required.
There are about 14 different countries in the world whose citizens can visit Guinea-Bissau without a visa for tourist purposes. Tourists from these countries can benefit from a 90-day visa-free stay over a period of one year.
In addition, citizens of approximately 63 countries are eligible to apply for a visa on arrival. Once arriving in Guinea-Bissau, they can report to the immigration office and apply for a visa of up to 90 days. Finally, there are approximately 152 countries whose citizens are allowed to apply for an e-visa for Guinea-Bissau. This type of visa does not require a visit to the embassy as it is issued entirely online.
We always recommend that all travelers who can apply for both an eVisa and a VoA apply for a visa before traveling to Guinea-Bissau, wherever possible. Choosing an alternative to applying for a visa online will save them a lot of time that they need to spend when deciding to get a VoA.
Currently, Covid-19 restrictions remain in effect in the country. Travelers to Guinea-Bissau must always provide a negative RT-PCR test result issued by an accredited laboratory no earlier than 48 hours before planned departure.
All passengers traveling to Guinea-Bissau must also fill out a health monitoring form.
Please note that entry requirements into Guinea-Bissau are the same for all travellers, regardless of their Covid-19 vaccination status or recent recovery from the virus. Additionally, requirements can change at short notice and you should always follow the latest travel advice to ensure a hassle-free trip.
Who can enter Guinea-Bissau?
There are no visas or travel bans for foreigners wishing to visit Guinea-Bissau.
The country's authorities welcome all visitors regardless of their Covid-19 vaccination status.
Checklist of documents for entering Guinea-Bissau
- valid passport
- Visa Guinea-Bissau
- Health monitoring template
- PCR test is performed 48 hours before arrival in Guinea-Bissau
- PCR test performed within 72 hours before departure from Guinea-Bissau
- Travel insurance (recommended)
Testing, Vaccination, and Quarantine Requirements
Request an inspection
All tourists planning to travel to Guinea-Bissau must provide a negative PCR test certificate issued by a recognized organization. within 48 hours before estimated arrival time.
Additionally, any travelers leaving Guinea-Bissau must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before they plan to leave the country.
Guinea-Bissau authorities do not check the Covid-19 vaccination status of people entering the country. All entry regulations are the same for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
All passengers must undergo a health check upon arrival and if they have symptoms of Covid-19, they will be tested. They will have to quarantine until they receive test results.
Additionally, if someone on your flight is infected with Covid-19, you may have to undergo a 14-day quarantine overseen by health authorities. They will provide you with additional instructions.
Traveling from Guinea-Bissau
Anyone wanting to leave Guinea-Bissau will have to take a PCR test within 72 hours before their planned departure. The tests are carried out only in the country's capital Bissau and their costs are the responsibility of the traveler (5,000 CFA).
Before leaving Guinea-Bissau, it is essential to familiarize yourself with the entry requirements of the country you plan to visit next. You should also check the airline or travel provider's requirements: they may have their own travel procedures in place.
Traveling to Guinea-Bissau
Visitors to Guinea-Bissau should know that the country has experienced political unrest for decades. The possibility of protests is still very high. You should always follow the advice of local authorities and avoid certain areas where social unrest may occur.
Travelers are strongly advised not to visit the northwestern part of Guinea-Bissau bordering the Calamanco region of Senegal, including the area located less than 20 km from the border with Senegal (São Domingo's road at Mpack).
Entry Rules for Children
Children aged 3 and older
Children aged 3 and older should follow the rules for adults entering Guinea-Bissau.
Transit through Guinea-Bissau
The government of Guinea-Bissau does not specify the regulations applicable to passengers transiting through the country. However, they must contact their airline directly to obtain all the necessary information about the conditions that need to be met to board the flight.
You should also refer to the final destination country's entry requirements.
Visa on arrival
As stated in the Guinea-Bissau visa policy, citizens of approximately 64 different countries can apply for a visa on arrival at any Guinea-Bissau airport or border crossing.
VoA can be used for a 90-day stay in Guinea-Bissau within a one-year validity period.
A traveler must meet certain conditions to obtain a visa on arrival. Specifically, a letter of authorization issued by the Guinea-Bissau Migration Office is required. Additionally, the applicant's passport must be valid for at least six months from the expected date of arrival in the country. To receive an authorization letter, travelers must submit certain details about their planned trip to Guinea-Bissau, including the purpose of travel and expected length of stay in the country. this price as well as a valid passport scan. All these documents must be sent to the responsible persons in Guinea-Bissau. A printed copy of the authorization letter must be presented at the selected port of entry in the country.
After arriving in Guinea-Bissau, visitors must line up to enter the country and wait for a visa to be issued. To get a VoA, you will also have to pay a visa processing fee. Below is the full list of countries whose citizens can apply for a visa on arrival in Guinea-Bissau:
- American Samoa
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Christmas Island
- Cook Islands
- Costa Rica
- Falkland Islands
- Heard and McDonald Islands
- Isle of Man
- Marshall Islands
- Norfolk Island
- North Korea
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Saint Barthélemy
- Saint Helena
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and Grenadines
- Solomon Islands
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Wallis and Futuna Islands
Guinea-Bissau has introduced an electronic visa system that allows holders from more than 150 different countries to apply for visas online. The Guinea-Bissau eVisa can be used for short-term stays of 30 to 90 days, depending on the visa type chosen.
Eligible applicants must fill out the online form, upload the required supporting documents, and pay the service fee. Once the e-Visa application is successfully processed, the approved document will automatically be linked to the applicant's passport, while the e-Visa confirmation will be sent to the email inbox.
There are 14 different countries that can benefit from visa-free entry to Guinea-Bissau. Citizens of these countries do not need a visa for short-term tourist stays. Visa-free tourists only need to use a valid passport, valid for at least 6 months, to enter the country.
However, for any visit or long-term stay for purposes other than tourism, foreign nationals, even those from visa-exempt countries, will need to apply for an appropriate visa. suitable for Guinea-Bissau.
Below is a list of countries that are allowed to enter Guinea-Bissau without a visa for short-term stays:
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
- Sierra Leone
Passenger Locator Form
All passengers must complete the Health Surveillance Form before arriving in Guinea-Bissau.
We strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance, including accident, hospital (including Covid-19) and medical transportation insurance.
Before traveling, make sure your travel insurance is respected in Guinea-Bissau.