We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Guinea.
The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has largely been brought under control in West Africa. On 1st April 2016, the World Health Organization declared that, “Ebola is no longer a public health emergency of international concern, but flare-ups, at decreasing frequency, are expected”. A number of new cases have been identified in Guinea, most recently six new cases in April. Travellers should exercise due caution and take necessary precautions to prevent infection. Travellers should avoid being directly exposed to any bodily fluids from a dead or living Ebola-infected person, including through unprotected sexual contact with patients that have recovered from Ebola. If you do become exposed, you should seek rapid medical attention. You should contact the medical care facility by phone before your visit in order to enable medical personnel to use appropriate protection at the time of admission.
Further information on Ebola is available from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre website.
If you develop fever, unexplained fatigue, diarrhoea or any other severe symptoms in the few weeks following a departure from a tropical area, you should: seek rapid medical attention mentioning your travel history, since it may result from an infection like malaria that requires immediate investigation and treatment.
If you have been directly exposed to any bodily fluids from a dead or living infected person or animal, including unprotected sexual contact with patients that have recovered, you should seek rapid medical attention mentioning your travel history. Contact the medical care facility by phone before your visit, in order to enable medical personnel to use appropriate protection at the time of admission.
Because there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in Guinea, we’re limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.
If there is an emergency, or if you need help and advice, you can contact our Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.
EU Directive on Consular Protection
Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.
Our tips for safe travels
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
- Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates
- Read our Topical ‘Know Before You Go’ guide
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:53:25 BST