In all truth, I’m not sure what the true process of getting a visa for Guinea in Monrovia, Liberia is since I seem to have just skipped through the system. The process took about 30 minutes and cost me a cool $100 although I know that there’s a cheaper visa as well.
I was a little bit desperate since my travel plans changed and I was forced to head through Guinea on my way to Cote d’Ivoire since the border of Cote d’Ivoire was closed due to the killing of some UN staffers near the main border crossing. Border security issues persist along that border. I ended up calling the embassy of Guinea in Monrovia and let them know that I was interested in a visa but would appreciate getting something quickly. They told me that it would cost $100 and to come in at 2pm.
When I arrived at the embassy, which is just outside of downtown Monrovia but really easy to find, they were all waiting for me and had been warned of my arrival. I was taken in to see the consular and he had a number of clerks racing around to get the visa in my passport as fast as possible. I didn’t even fill out any paperwork, and I’m pretty sure that the consular/ambassador basically just pocketed the money; although I probably shouldn’t assume as much.
When I got my visa for Guinea in Bissau the price was just $60. However, the visa I got in Bissau was just 60 days and single entry. The visa the embassy in Monrovia awarded me was valid for 6 months and allowed for multiple entries, although I only needed one entry and about 24 hours.
Again, when I got this visa I didn’t need to do any paperwork nor did I need to give my passport photos. However, from what I’m told it normally takes 2 passport photos as well as photocopies of your passport and the inside page.
Was my experience strange? If you had different experiences we’d love to hear about them in the comments below.