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Reviewed: 15 August 2012, 15:50 NZDT
Still current at: 20 June 2013
There is extreme risk to your security in the northwest part of the country that borders the Casamance region in Senegal and we advise against all travel to this area. Armed clashes between Guinea-Bissau's army and Casamance separatist groups occur in areas close to the border and there are also incidents of armed banditry. We advise against crossing the border into Senegal by land in this region.
There is high risk to your security elsewhere in Guinea-Bissau due to ongoing political instability and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel.
Political instability/civil unrest
On 12 April 2012, Guinea-Bissau’s armed forces staged a coup d’état in the capital, Bissau. Guinea-Bissau has a history of political instability and further civil or military unrest is possible. Essential services such as electricity and water supply are severely restricted and hospitals are not fully operational. Banks are open but cash supplies are limited. Commercial flights are operating to normal schedules.
New Zealanders currently in Guinea-Bissau are advised to keep a low profile, stay alert to local political developments and avoid areas of sensitivity (e.g. government offices and military installations). We recommend maintaining a high level of personal security awareness at all times and avoiding all large public gatherings and demonstrations as they have the potential to turn violent.
Although the capital city of Bissau was declared mine-free in June 2006 by the national demining centre, unexploded landmines continue to present a hazard in all other areas of Guinea-Bissau. Travellers are advised to drive on paved roads only and not venture off well-used paths.
General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Guinea-Bissau should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air.
As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in Guinea-Bissau, the ability of the government to assist New Zealand citizens is severely limited.