Guinea Risk Assessment Country Guide

Guinea Risk Assessmenet

Guinea’s population of about 10.5 million is comprised of twenty-four ethnic groups. While French is the primary language of communication in schools, government and media, over twenty-four native languages are also spoken in the country. The country’s economy is largely dependent on agriculture and mineral production, including diamonds and gold.

An outbreak of Ebola has been ongoing in Guinea since March 2014. According to the U.S. CDC, affected areas in Guinea include Boffa, Boke, Conakry, Coyah, Dabola, Dalaba, Dinguiraye, Dubréka, Forécariah, Guékédou, Kérouané, Kindia, Kissidougou, Kouroussa, Lola, Macenta, Nzérékoré, Pita, Siguiri, Télimélé and Yamou prefectures. 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all but essential travel to Liberia, except for those involved in the direct response to the Ebola outbreak, due to the narrow commercial options for flights and the impact of the outbreak on medical facilities. As of June 17, 2015, a travel advisory has been in effect for Sierra Leone. 

  • Health
  • Safety & Security
  • Terrorism

On November 3, 2015, the CDC released an Alert – Level 2 for travel to Guinea due to a reported case of polio. Polio is a disease that attacks the nervous system and is spread by person-to-person contact. The CDC recommends all travelers receive their polio vaccinations. 

Guinea has been experiencing an Ebola epidemic since March 2014. The CDC reports that there have been 2,535 confirmed deaths and 3,350 laboratory-confirmed cases from the illness as of October 26, 2015. Civil unrest and violence against aid workers have been reported in West Africa as result of the outbreak.

The CDC recommends against nonessential travel to the country in order to help control the outbreak and prevent continued spread. If travelers experience any of the following symptoms, report to a medical facility immediately: fever, severe headaches, fatigue, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising. 

There is no approved vaccine or specific treatment for Ebola, which can be deadly. Therefore, it is important to take steps to prevent Ebola should you travel to Guinea. If you must travel, such as for humanitarian aid work, protect yourself by following CDC’s advice for avoiding contact with the blood and body fluids of people who are sick with Ebola, which includes:

  • Practice careful hygiene. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid contact with blood and body fluids
  • Do not handle items that may have come into contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.

If you are traveling to Guinea, make sure your international health insurance offers Ebola coverage. Clements offers specialty Ebola coverage for medical personnel and support workers. 

Call us today at +1.202.872.0060 or 800.872.0067 or email request@clements.com to discuss your coverage options. 

Source: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, CDC, and Clements Worldwide

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Human rights violations remain a concern in Guinea. Serious ethnic violence broke out in July 2013 in the ‘Guinea Forestiere’ region in the far south east of Guinea. Nearly 100 people were reported to have been killed. Theft at gunpoint is increasingly common throughout Guinea, especially at night. Incidents of carjackings are also increasing.

These crimes are often carried out by individuals dressed in police or military uniforms. Robberies are common on the routes of Mamou, Faranah, Kissidougou, Guekedou, Macenta, and Nzerekore. Foreigners are a particularly vulnerable target in these incidents, and should take care to not travel at night.

Personal Accident insurance policy from Clements protects your organization’s employees and their families' financial stability following an accident, regardless of whether it occurs on the job or during personal time. Coverage begins at USD 100,000 per person.

Road and driving conditions are generally poor, especially during the rainy season from May to October. Drivers should be cautious of potholes, Clements offers international car insurance, which includes Physical Damage, Third Party Liability, and Excess Liability coverage. With flexible deductible options and fast claims processing, your policy will provide coverage for your vehicle fleet whether it’s on the road, parked or transported abroad.

An optional Political Violence extension is also recommended, which broadens the coverage to include strikes, riots, malicious damage, sabotage, war, terrorism or civil unrest.

Call us today at +1.202.872.0060 or 800.872.0067 or email request@clements.com to discuss your organization’s travel needs tailored to considerations involved while operating in Guinea.

Source: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Clements Worldwide

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There is a high threat of kidnapping and terrorism in Ethiopia. Attacks could target places visited by foreigners and expats, and you should remain vigilant in crowded locations like hotels, restaurants, bars and sporting events. 

Al-Shabaab, a terrorist organization based in Somalia, is a legitimate concern across all of eastern Africa. The group has threatened countries with a military presence in Somalia, and carried out an attack in Uganda in 2010 related to this. Ethiopia has maintained a military presence in Somalia recently.

In October 2013, a bomb blast in Addis Ababa resulted in two deaths. In November of that year, the National Intelligence and Security Service and Federal Police Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force announced that they had found evidence of terrorist groups planning to attack Addis Ababa and other parts of the country.

A War and Terrorism insurance policy from Clements offers the right coverage against the risks of civil unrest, war, riots, looting and acts of terrorism.

Ethiopia also poses a high risk of kidnapping. This is especially true in the Somali region of the nation, and along border areas with other countries. A Kidnap and Ransom insurance policy from Clements ensures financial assistance following a kidnapping, such as independent investigations, negotiations and the arrangement and delivery of funds.

Call us today at +1.202.872.0060 or 800.872.0067 or email request@clements.com to discuss your organization’s travel needs tailored to considerations involved while operating in Guinea.

Source: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Clements Worldwide

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