State Dept. Issues Travel Warning to Guinea Due to Political Situation
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) – The Department of State on Wednesday issued a travel warning to Guinea, warning U.S. citizens of the risks of visiting this country, which continues to face a difficult political situation.
Guinea’s political situation remains unpredictable, and despite the fact the western African nation has been relatively calm since January 15, the potential for violence persists. U.S. citizens are advised that, although the U.S. Embassy in Conakry returned to full staffing on March 29 after a six-month evacuation of family members and non-emergency staff, minor children of U.S. citizen employees of the Embassy will not be returning to Guinea at present.
As the upcoming elections approach, U.S. citizens are urged to exercise extreme caution, to be particularly alert to their surroundings, and to avoid crowds, demonstrations, or any other form of public gathering. Visitors to Guinea should be familiar with their hotel evacuation plans, policies, or procedures.
Furthermore, U.S. citizens in Guinea should carry their travel documents (passport, birth certificate, picture IDs, etc.) with them at all times. U.S. citizens in Guinea are reminded to stay in contact with friends and family in the United States to keep them apprised of their current welfare and whereabouts.
The U.S. Embassy in Guinea is open, and its consular section continues to provide emergency and other services to U.S. citizens. However, citizens should be aware that the Embassy may be forced to suspend all operations, including emergency services, without advance notice if the security situation deteriorates.
The international airport in Conakry is operating normally at this time, but flights may be suspended if the current security situation worsens. In addition, land borders are also open, but may close without warning.
All U.S. citizens traveling to or remaining in Guinea despite this Travel Warning are urged to register with the Department of State through the State Department’s travel registration website, making it easier for the Department of State or the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.
Updated information on travel and security in Guinea may be obtained from the Department of State.
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Edited by BNO NEWS on Jun 16, 2010