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About Guinea-bissau

Guinea-Bissau is officially known as the Republic of Guinea-Bissau. The unexplored wildlife and unpolluted beaches of Guinea-Bissau provide a peaceful atmosphere for the tourist. If you are looking for a vacation, away from the rush, then Guinea-Bissau is the place for you. The tourist spots of Guinea-Bissau are never overcrowded and thus offer a relaxed atmosphere to the visitor.


Currency :

West African CFA Franc (XOF)

Area :

36,125 square kilometers (14,000 square miles).

Population :

1,515,000

Language :

Portuguese

Calling Code (std/isd) :

245

Time Zone :

GMT + 0 hours


Climate & Geography

There are no major climate changes in Guinea-Bissau. It is warm throughout the year. The average temperature of Guinea-Bissau is 26.3 degrees Celcius (79.3 degrees F). The period of June to October is the rainy season in Guinea-Bissau. There is an average rainfall of 2,024 MM (79.7”). The rest of the months are largely dry.

Guinea-Bissau lies between the latitudes 11 degrees and 13 degrees North and longitudes 13 degrees North and 17 degrees West. The highest point of Guinea-Bissau is at 300 meters (984 ft.). The interior parts of Guinea-Bissau are Savanna while swamps of mangroves mark the coastline.


Suitable Visiting Months : December to February is the best time to visit Guinea-Bissau. The weather is dry and not too hot during this time. The heat and the rains may provide obstructions in the other months.

Transportation

Guinea-Bissau is accessible through airways, waterways and roadways. There are 3 airports in Guinea-Bissau, one each at Bissau, Bubaque and Cufar. Apart from them, several rivers and roads also connect Guinea-Bissau to the rest of the world. The major seaports and harbors are Bissau, Buba, Cacheu and Farim. The Trans-West African Coastal Highway connects Guinea-Bissau to 11 countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).


Tourist And Immigration Info

The nearest representation of Guinea-Bissau has to be contacted for the issue of Visa. A Passport and Visa are required by all the travelers to Guinea-Bissau except the following:
Passport Exemption

  • Travelers on a business travel and holding a “Laissez Passer”, issued by the United Nations.
  • Travelers on duty and with a Seaman Book.

Visa Exemption

  • Guinea-Bissau citizens.
  • Citizens of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde Islands, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Gambia, Ghana, Republic of Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo, whose stay does not exceed 90 days.
  • Citizens of Angola, Cape Verde Islands, Mozambique or Sao Tome and Principe who have diplomatic or service passports.
  • Travelers having a “Cartao Identificacao de Cidadao Estrangeiro' (Alien Citizen Identification Card).

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