GUINEA-BISSAU TRAVEL GUIDE
Guinea-Bissau is a tropical country on West Africa’s Atlantic coast that’s known for national parks and wildlife. The forested, sparsely populated Bijagós archipelago is a protected biosphere reserve. Its main island, Bubaque, forms part of the Orango Islands National Park, a habitat for saltwater hippos. On the mainland, the capital, Bissau, is a port with Portuguese colonial buildings in its old city centre.
Sadly violent crime is common in Guinea-Bissau. Aggressive vendors, panhandlers, and occasionally criminals target foreigners at the Bissau airport and other crowded areas, especially Bandim Market in the centre of the capital.
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GUINEA-BISSAU QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Bissau
- Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF), interchangeable at par with the Central African CFA franc (XAF)
- Area: 36,120 km2
- Population: 1,874 million (2018)
- Language: Portuguese (official), Crioulo, African languages
- Religion: Indigenous beliefs 50%, Muslim 45%, Christian 5%
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GUINEA-BISSAU PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 20 January, Heroes’ Day
- 8 March, International Women’s Day
- 3 August, Pidjiguiti Day
- 24 September, National Day
- 14 November, Readjustment Movement Day
Also, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
GUINEA-BISSAU WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Tropical; Generally Hot And Humid; Monsoonal-Type Rainy Season (June To November) With Southwesterly Winds; Dry Season (December To May) With Northeasterly Harmattan Winds
HEALTH RISKS IN GUINEA-BISSAU
Be aware of possible health risks in
Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.
Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.