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Last update 13 July 2018Diplomatic missions

Risk index

Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)

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Regular passport: visa not required

Diplomatic passport: visa not required

Official passport: visa not required

Republic of Guinea Bissau

The Republic of Bulgaria does not have an embassy in Bissau. Bulgarian nationals staying for shorter or longer periods in Guinea Bissau may refer for consular questions to the embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria. 

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Abuja
Address: 10 Euphrates str, off Aminu Kano Crescent, Maitama, Abuja
Telephone: +23 409 672 4359
Consulate
Telephone: +23 40 96 709 986
Office hours: 09.00 – 12.30h
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.mfa.bg/embassies/nigeria

Bulgarian nationals wishing to visit Guinea Bissau may apply for visa at the embassy of Guinea Bissau in Moscow.

Embassy of Guinea Bissau in Moscow (accredited for Bulgaria)
Address: Simferopolski bulvar 7/A, office 180
Telephone: +7 495 3179582
Website: www.embassypages.com/guineabissau.php

General information

Local currency

West African Franc (XOF)

It is recommendable to carry Euro or US Dollars. Travelers are recommended to have a certain amount of local currency prior to entering the country. Payments with checks and credit cards are not possible.

Crime and security

In the last years assaults against high ranking state officers were made. Since the spring of 2010 the situation has been calm on the whole, however the chronic, political, social and military tension persists. Higher level of criminal offence.

Traveling to Guinea Bissau is not recommended, except in cases of ultimate necessity. Special attention in case of tourist travels!

Law specifics

Taking photos of military buildings and objects, as well as of other objects of strategic significance is not allowed.

Customs requirements

There are no restrictions concerning the import or export of currency or things.

Road traffic

Public transport and road condition in the country are unsatisfactory. That is why traveling outside the capital at night time is not recommended.

Healthcare  

Medical services in hospitals do not meet the European standards. In 2008 there were death cases from cholera recorded in the capital city Bissau.

Travel papers and visas

International passport which should be valid for at least for the duration of the stay in Guinea Bissau.

It is recommendable to have vaccination against yellow fever.

You can obtain up to date information about the possible requirement for vaccination from the National Center for Contagious and Parasitic Diseases at telephone:  +359 2 944 69 99 / 221.

Bulgarian nationals traveling to Guinea Bissau (holders of ordinary, service and diplomatic passports) need visa, which they can obtain at the embassy of Guinea Bissau in Moscow.

Practical advice

Avoid places where many people gather or demonstrations.

Do not travel to the northern part of the country near the Senegal border, where armed groups and criminal gangs are acting.

It is recommended to observe strict personal hygiene.

Special attention to be paid when eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

Water should be boiled or bottled water bought.

Avoid individual travels in the country without a local escort.

Taking walks in the dark is not recommended.

Traveling by car to be done only on the main roads of the country. Using taxis to travel outside the capital is not a safe alternative.  

Traveling of children

There are no special requirements, however children are recommended to travel with their own passports.

Competitive service

In emergency events – in case of ruined, lost or stolen passport, Bulgarian nationals may apply for issue of an Emergency Travel Document at the embassy of an EU member-state in Bissau, the capital city of Guinea Bissau.

Certification and legalisation

In order to be valid for Bulgaria and so that they may serve before the Bulgarian institutions all documents of Bulgarian individuals issued by the competent authorities of Guinea Bissau need to have the stamp of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guinea Bissau affixed on them. Then they need to be certified by the embassy of Guinea Bissau in Moscow. The consulate office at the Bulgarian embassy in Moscow can certify the stamps of the embassy of Guinea Bissau in the Russian capital. 

So prepared, the documents should be translated into the Bulgarian language by an authorised company in Bulgaria and certified by the Certification and Legalisation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.

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