After hearing that the ability to get a visa for Guinea-Bissau was much easier in Ziguinchor than it was in Dakar I took a bit of a risk in waiting to get it here. Obviously, if things had changed after the recent coup in Guinea-Bissau and visas were no longer issued there I would have had to go back to Dakar. Luckily, they hadn’t.
Getting my visa for Guinea-Bissau in Ziguinchor couldn’t have been easier.
Basically, I was told I needed 2 passport photos and 15,000CFA. The office is not in the place that it is listed in the 2009 west Africa Lonely Planet travel guide, it has moved. You can walk there, but any taxi driver in town knows it and will get you there for 150CFA. It’s on a bit of a rough road and would probably be tricky to find on your own.
I arrived at the embassy at about 930am and there was no one else there. The consular was not busy, was very friendly and spoke Portuguese, French and even a touch of English. From there, I had to fill out a form quickly turn over my photo and cash, and he set about typing the information out on an old school typewriter. After about 5 minutes of typing, he pulled out a glue stick and pasted the visa to my passport and tossed a stamp on top of it. In all honesty, the process took no more than 15 minutes and I was out of there.
This was the easiest visa I’ve ever gotten in Africa, and I imagine it is one of the easiest I will ever get. Don’t bother getting your visa done in Dakar as it takes much more time and I believe it even costs about double the price.
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