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Guinea Visitor Information

Climate Chart for Guinea
Climate Chart for Guinea

The climate is tropical but relatively mild for the latitude. Climatic differences between various parts of the country are affected by the sun's journey north or south of the equator and the corresponding position of the intertropical convergence \one, the boundary between the moist southwesterly winds and the dry northeasterly winds. Except in the north, there are two rainy seasons, from April to June and from September to November. In the north squalls occur in March and April, followed by occasional rain until August and September, when the rainfall reaches its peak.

Temperatures range between 21°C and 32°C (70°F - 90°F), relative humidity between 50% and 80%. Rainfall ranges from 30 to 80 inches a year. The harmattan, a dry desert wind, blows from the northeast from December to March lowering the humidity and causing hot day and cool nights in the north. The effect of this wind is felt in the south during January. In most areas, temperatures are highest in March and lowest in August after the rains. Variation between day and night temperatures is relatively small, but greater in the north, especially in January, on account of the harmattan.

Visas are required by all visitors apart from nationals of Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Romania, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, and Tunisia. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended departure date.

On visa application you may be asked to show you have sufficient funds to support your stay and an onward ticket. If you are travelling overland be sure to state this on your application.

NB: Visa requirements change fairly regularly so it is advisable to check with your Consulate or Embassy.

Listing of Guinea Embassies, Consulates and/orTourist offices located around the world

Official Currency:    Guinea Franc=100 centimes
Current Exchange Rate:    Today's Exchange Rate

Very few places accept credit cards.

Banks in Guinea:

Central bank of the Republic of Guinea
Avenue de la République. PO Box 692 Conakry.

International Bank for the Commerce and Industry
Avenue de la République, PO Box 1484 Conakry.
Branches in Conakry, Boke, Kamsar, Labe, Kankan, N'Zérékore, Macenta, Guéckédou.

Islamic Bank of Guinea
BP 1247 Conakry.

People's Morrocco and Guinean Bank
Avenue de la république. PO Box 4400 Conakry.
2 in Conakry and one in Kindia.

International Banks Union in Guinea
5ème Boulevard angle 6ème avenue Centre Ville PO Box 324 Conakry.

Air

Domestic flights are available, a couple of times a week, between Conakry, Boké, Kissidougou, Kankan, Siguiri, Labé and Koudara. Schedules change regularly.

Railways / Train Services

There is a limited and slow rail service between Conakry, Kindia and Kankan.

Bus

All the main towns are served by the government bus company, "Sogetrag" from Conakry. Some of the larger buses are fairly comfortable.

Road

Roads are generally in poor condition and impassable during the rains. Traffic drives on the right and an International Driving Licence is required.

1st January - New Years Day
1st May - Labour Day
1st July - Prophet's Birthday - Mouloud
27th August - Anniversary of Women's Revolt
28th September - Referendum Day
2nd October - Republic Day
1st November - All Saints Day
22nd November - Day of 1970 Invasion
25th December - Christmas Day
Moveable holidays:

Electric Power is 220V - 240V running at 50Hz.
The Plug type used in Guinea is: "Type C, E & F"

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