Guinea-Bissau Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Guinea-Bissau

Where is it?: Guinea-Bissau is in western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean between Guinea and Senegal.

Why do people go here?: Although Guinea-Bissau could be a outstanding travel destination, the country is said to be unstable and therefore travelers should be cautious.

What are the main entry points?: There might be a flight from Europe, but most travelers fly to Senegal and then travel overland or just a regional airline.

Currency used: West African Franc

Country Code for Phones: 245

Religion: Tribal religions 65%, Muslim 30%, Christian 5%

Population: 1.6 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Balanta 30%, Fulani 20%, Manjaca 14%, Malinke 13%, Papel 7%

Government: Semi-presidential republic

Languages: Portuguese, Crioulo, Indigenous

Travel Information

Major Cities: Bissau

Attractions: Bijagos Archipelago, Cacheu, Lagoa de Cufada National Park

Tourism Office locations and links: Guninea Bissau Centro de Informacao. Avenida Domingos Ramos Bissau 21-3282

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Bijagos Archipelago

Health Issues: Malaria

Tips for Visiting

When to go: December, January and February are the best months to visit.

Common Phrases: Yes = Sim, No = Nao, How are you = Come esta? What’s your name = Como se chama?, Thank = Obrigado, Please = Por favor, Goodbye = Adeus/Ciao

Specific Events/Holidays: Death of Amilcar Cabral: January 20, International Women’s Day: March 8, Pidjiguiti DayL August 3, Independence: September 24, Variable Islamic Holidays

Getting Around: Like most of West Africa, cheap minibuses cruise the streets. There are also a few ferries between mainland and the islands.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Guinea Bissau is the Osvaldo Vieiro International Airport

Need more information?: Check out the Guinea Bissau travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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