Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Conakry, Guinea (March 31, 2020)
Location: Throughout Guinea
Event: COVID-19 Health Alert: Government of Guinea Declares Health Emergency
There are twenty-two confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Guinea with some attributable to community transmission.
On March 19, 2020 the Department of State issued a Level 4 Global Health Advisory to U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.
Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice. Airlines have cancelled most international flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or cancelled trips. If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe.
The U.S. Embassy in Guinea is continuing to search for options for U.S. citizens to depart Guinea. Any information we develop on any option will be disseminated via STEP. All U.S. citizens should insure they are registered on STEP.
On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departurefrom any diplomatic or consular post in the world of US personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.
U.S. government personnel in Guinea are teleworking to reduce the risk of transmission, have instituted telework and teleconferencing expansions, cancelled all but urgent outside meetings, and directed that only critical in-person meetings be held internally.
In response to the ongoing global COVID-19 outbreak the Peace Corps has withdrawn all Peace Corps volunteers from Guinea.
The government of Guinea has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and declared a Health State of Emergency through April 10.
- A curfew has been imposed between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
- Movement is limited to work, shopping for necessities, medical care, purchasing medicine or medical supplies, and emergency situations only.
- The Govt of Guinea has closed all land borders.
- Mosques, churches, educational institutions, bars, cinemas, and other service industry businesses are ordered closed.
- Any assembly is limited to 20 persons, and various passenger number limitations were also enacted for different types of vehicles.
The Gbessia International Airport in Conakry is closed to commercial traffic, and there no current options for air travel into or out of Guinea . Guinea has barred admission to travelers who have recently visited any country with more than 30 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Visit our website at https://gn.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/for additional information on these new measures.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Warning for COVID-19 advising travelers to avoid all non-essential travel.
Actions to Take:
U.S. Embassy Conakry, Guinea
Phone number: +224-655-10-40-00
Email address: ConakryACS@state.gov
State Department - Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444