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Guinea Bissau

Time Difference: EST + 4 hours   Current Time and Date in Guinea Bissau
Currency: Currency Converter  – Communauté Financière Africaine Franc (XOF)
Travel Advisory: State Department Report Guinea Bissau
US Embassy in Guinea Bissau: guinea-bissau.usvpp.gov

Guinea-Bissau is located in West Africa, bordered by Senegal to the north and Guinea to the south and east, with the Atlantic Ocean to its west. It covers nearly 14,000 sq mi with an estimated population of 1,600,000. Guinea-Bissau was once part of the kingdom of Gabu, as well as part of the Mali Empire. Parts of this kingdom persisted until the 18th century, while a few others were part of the Portuguese Empire since the 16th century. It then became the Portuguese colony of Portuguese Guinea in the 19th century. Upon independence, declared in 1973 and recognised in 1974, the name of its capital, Bissau, was added to the country’s name to prevent confusion with Guinea.

Health: CDC Guinea Bissau
Weather: Guinea Bissau Weather
Communications: Dial 011 followed by country code 245

Travel Requirements

  • Passport
  • Visa required for all US Passport Holders, If you are not a US Passport holder, please consult the embassy in your region.
  • Proof of Immunization (Yellow Fever)

Diplomatic Missions

Provides also some information about Guinea-Bissau.
Address list of Diplomatic Missions of Guinea-Bissau in Europe.


Average daily high temperature of 84°F and low of  73°F

Language: English is widely spoken



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