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Guinea Travel Advice: Situation Calm But Take Care

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK)

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Guinea travel advice

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office today changed its Travel Advice for Guinea. We no longer advise against all but essential travel to Guinea. The relevant summary points now read:

"There has been heightened tension in Guinea since the appointment of the new Prime Minister on 20 May 2008. A mutiny by part of the army and a police strike both resulted in disturbances in the centre of Conakry causing deaths.

"The situation has been calm since 19 June but you should exercise caution if you travel to Guinea, in particular in the capital city Conakry and in all areas near military camps. You should avoid all demonstrations and political rallies.

We advise against all but essential travel in the areas of Guinea bordering Cote d'Ivoire and Liberia. There are tensions in these areas because of the fragile and unstable security situation in Cote d'Ivoire, and poor government control over the border areas in Liberia (where a large UN peacekeeping force is still in place).

We also advise against all but essential travel in the areas of Guinea bordering Sierra Leone, except for road travel by day on the N4 highway between Conakry and Freetown. There is also a high military presence in these areas."

NOTES

Full details of the revised travel advice for Guinea are available on the Foreign Office website (http://www.fco.gov.uk).

FCO Travel Advice is kept under constant review. This advice is based on our latest assessment of the situation in Guinea.

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