There are no websites for Guinea-Bissau embassies where you may get admission information. To make things even more complicated, neither the United States nor the United Kingdom have embassies in Guinea-Bissau. For visa information, visitors can contact the British embassies in Dakar, Senegal; Lisbon, Portugal; or Paris, France (tel: +33 1 48 74 36 39).
For citizens of most non-ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) nations, visas are needed. You have two choices if you are traveling from a nation where Guinea-Bissau does not have diplomatic representation. The first option is to get a visa from the Guinean embassy in Lisbon. Tourist visas are processed the same day, within 2-3 hours. Before making travel arrangements to Portugal or Bissau, call ahead to check this. The second alternative is to acquire a letter of invitation and apply for a visa in Bissau when you arrive. You will need to make these arrangements with whomever or whatever group is hosting you, and there is no clear, well-defined protocol in place. This method is also more costly than obtaining a visa in Lisbon. If you’re traveling by land, the Guinea-Bissau Consulate in Ziguinchor, Senegal, is an excellent location to obtain a visa.
- There is a simple method for German (and perhaps other EEA) nationals to acquire a visa for Guinea Bissau: Horst-G. Reissenberger, honorary consul of the Guinea Bissau consulate in Luxembourg, is authorized to issue visas for Guinea Bissau. This is usually accomplished quickly, inexpensively, and in a straightforward way. The consul can be contacted via email: [email protected]
- A “resident card” may be acquired from the government migration office in Bissau for longer stays in Guinea Bissau. The relatively low cost is determined by the length of the residency card.