Getting a Visa for Guinea in Bissau

Although not as easy as getting a visa for Guinea-Bissau in Zigunchor, getting this visa wasn’t exactly a challenge either.  If you’re staying at the Pensao Creole in Bissau then the Guinean embassy is literally in view from the back porch; if you ask the staff at the hotel they will point you there.

Visa for Guinea in Bissau

If you go to the embassy in the morning (between 8 and 11am), you’ll likely get the passport back with the visa in it that afternoon, as was the case when I did it.  Be sure that you wear long pants and a shirt with sleeves to the Guinean embassy or they may not let you in or will at the least be a little bit offended.

Before you go to the embassy to have your visa processed you’ll need the following:

  • Visa fees: 30,000 CFA
  • 2 photocopies of your passport
  • 1 photo copy of your Guinea-Bissau visa
  • 1 photo copy of the inside page of your passport
  • 1 photo copy of your yellow fever certificate
  • 2 passport photos

Once you’ve delivered all that information you’ll need to fill out the usual visa application which is in no way complicated.  The forms are in French only, which is likely the only hitch if you don’t speak the language.

As I mentioned, you’ll pay the fee and be told to return in the afternoon to pick up the passport with you’re new visa glued into it.

I never had any hassles, and I’ve never heard of anyone ever having a problem here.  I can’t imagine them ever denying anyone a visa at this embassy so it’s fairly stress-free.  The visas they give out are generally 45-days, but I believe it is possible to also get a multiple-entry 3 month visa if you pay 50,000CFA as well.

Anyways, as usual, if you had a different experience we’d love for you to share it in the comments below!

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