Quick Overview

Capital: Conakry
Population: 12.72 million
Official language: French
Time zone: Greenwich Mean Time
Emergency #: 18
Vaccinations required: Yes
Risk of malaria: Yes
Climate Info

Guinea: Travel Health Information

Guinea is known for its natural landscapes, culture, and adventure tourism. Travellers can hike Mount Nimba, visit the waterfalls of Chutes de Ditinn, or relax on the beaches of Iles de Los.


The standards for patient care and medical services in Guinea may differ from your home country. Guinea has a public healthcare system and a few private options. Access to healthcare facilities and services is limited and the quality of care does not meet international standards. Hospitals and medical centres are available in urban areas but they can usually only perform basic, routine procedures. Medical care in rural areas is extremely limited. Essential medicines and equipment are often in short supply.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Guinea require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation – often to Western Europe – is required for medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Guinea.

Pharmacies and medications

Access to pharmacies varies by region in Guinea, and many medications are in short supply. Make sure to pack a sufficient supply of essential medications for the duration of your trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Guinea’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Major roads in Guinea are generally paved but may be poorly maintained and unlit. Seat belts must be worn by drivers of vehicles at all times. Motorcycle drivers and passengers must wear a helmet at all times.

  • Country Reports. Traffic and Road Conditions in Guinea.
  • Camara, Mohamed, et al. (2015). The healthcare system in Africa: the case of guinea. International Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health.
  • USAID. Guinea.
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