Things You Should Know & Do
CURRENCY & VISA
The currency is the « franc CFA », € 1 = 655.96 CFA francs. It is recommended to bring euro/pounds cash or CFA francs for your expenses, it is not yet possible to pay with a credit card in Guinea Bissau and the fees to cash checks in are very high.
You will be required passport that should be valid for the 6 months following the date of return, the visa is compulsory, you can get it on arrival at the airport, or at the Guinea Bissau Embassy in paris (94 rue Saint Lazare, tel: 01 45 26 18 51) or through one of the numerous agencies sorting out such operations.
HEALTH IN GUINEA-BISSAU
The vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory and a malaria prophylaxis is strongly recommended.
There are few mosquitoes so is advisable to take a repellent spray to apply on the feet and ankles at nightfall.
The discomforts noticed on our visitors are mostly mild stomach trouble due to intake of too cool drinks comparing to the heat or headaches after prolonged exposure to sunlight. So bring an anti-diarrheal and an analgesic such as aspirin or paracetamol as well as a disinfectant spray for wounds caused by fish bites or hook stings.
It is a tropical climate and the average temperatures are between 28 °C and 32 °C.
There are only 2 seasons, the dry season from October to June and the rainy season from mid June to late September.
There is a two-hour jetlag in winter and a three-hour jetlag in summer compared with the UK.
Provide light cotton-made clothing, a hat is compulsory, sunglasses (polarised if possible), light sandals and a good pair of sturdy walking shoes for those who like to walk and go fishing on foot from the rocks surrounding the islands.