General travel information
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade does not issue a travel advice for Guinea-Bissau at this time.
Australians should read Travel Smart for useful travel information to help prepare for your trip, and advice on what you should do if you run into problems overseas.
It is important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling overseas. We encourage you to consider having vaccinations before you travel. At least eight weeks before you depart, make an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and any implications for your health, particularly if you have an existing medical condition. The World Health Organization (WHO) provides information for travellers and our health page also provides useful information for travellers on staying healthy.
Guinea-Bissau is listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as endemic for yellow fever. Yellow fever is a serious and potentially fatal disease preventable by vaccination. We strongly recommend that all travellers be vaccinated for yellow fever before travelling to Guinea-Bissau. Some airlines may require passengers to present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate before being allowed to board flights out of the country. If in doubt, check with your airline. For more information about yellow fever, including Australian re-entry requirements, see the Department of Health website.
Where to get help
Depending on your enquiry, your best option may be to first contact your family, friends, airline, travel agent, tour operator, employer or travel insurer. Your travel insurer should have a 24 hour emergency number.
The Consular Services Charter explains what the Australian Government can and cannot do to assist Australians overseas. Australia does not have an embassy or consulate in Guinea-Bissau. You can contact the Australian Government at the Australian Embassy in Portugal for consular assistance. Contact details are:
Australian Embassy, Lisbon
See the Embassy website for information about opening hours and temporary closures that may affect service provision.
In a consular emergency if you are unable to contact the Embassy, you can contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305, or 1300 555 135 within Australia.
Other useful information
All Australians travelling to Guinea-Bissau, whether for tourism or business or for short or long stays, are encouraged to register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Australians can register in person at any Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate or online. The registration information provided by you will help us to find you in an emergency - whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or a family emergency.
If the situation changes and a travel advice for Guinea-Bissau is issued, travellers can be automatically notified by subscribing to our email subscription service.
For additional general information to assist travelling in Guinea-Bissau, see the following links: