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A £5 charge now applies to vehicles dropping off passengers at the designated drop-off zones, located directly outside the terminals. Discounts and exemptions will apply. Free drop-off will be available at the Long Stay car parks.

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No rail services to Heathrow - 4 & 5 December

Due to engineering works at Heathrow, there will be no mainline rail services to or from Heathrow Airport on 4 & 5 December.


London Underground services between the terminals and London will continue to operate, passengers looking to travel to central London, or connecting between terminals 5 and 2/3, will be required to use the London Underground services.

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Coronavirus update

Face coverings are mandatory at the airport and we encourage everyone to wear one at all times, unless they’re exempt. Passengers can purchase face coverings at several retailers at the airport including Boots and WHSmith. 


The safety of both passengers and colleagues has always been Heathrow’s number one priority. The airport has several COVID-secure measures in place to make sure everyone has a safe journey including: 


- Enhance cleaning regimes including Hygiene Technicians, UV robots and other anti-viral technologies to ensure continuous disinfection across terminals

- Dedicated COVID marshals to enforce social distancing

- 600 hand sanitiser stations 


Due to the emergence of a new Coronavirus variant, the UK Government have advised that fully vaccinated passengers arriving into England must:


Take a PCR test no later than 2 days after their arrival.

- Self isolate until they receive their result.

- If a passenger tests positive, they must isolate for 10 days.

- If a passenger tests negative, they can leave self isolation.


Passengers arriving from a country on the red list must book a managed quarantine hotel.


Passengers who are not fully vaccinated must continue to follow separate guidance.


As countries may change their entry requirements, we advise customers to check the UK Government website for up to date information.

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  • Overview

    Those who travel to the Republic of Guinea will find this beautiful and intriguing west African country to be an incredibly worthwhile destination.

    Surrounded by Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the country has somewhat illogical borders that are a relic of the colonial era when the region was shared out between European powers. Today these borders enclose a very diverse population of ethnic and linguistic groups, and a varied terrain that ranges from expansive savannah in the south to mountainous, heavily forested highlands in the northwest.

    Indeed Guinea's chief attraction is its spectacular and mostly unspoiled natural scenery. West Africa's three great rivers - the Gambia, the Senegal and the Niger - all originate here. The splendid Guinea Highlands are centered on Mount Nimba, the highest point in the country, while the Fouta Djalon highlands are renowned for incredible views and superb hiking. Other places of interest in Guinea include the spiritual centre of Kankan, the high altitude town of Dalaba, party-mad Faranah, and the incredible beaches of Cape Verga.

    The population is mostly Muslim, French speaking, and rural, with the exception of the pleasant and relatively cosmopolitan capital city, Conakry, located on the island of Tombo. The city is renowned for its lively music scene and attractive layout.

    Despite its rewarding and striking attractions Guinea remains one of the least visited countries in Africa. Visas can be hard to get, which may deter those travellers planning a trip here. The government, despite some concessions in recent years, remains a de facto dictatorship which means few freedoms for the people but generally safe conditions for visitors.

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    The coastal belt of Guinea and most of the inland region have a tropical climate, with a long rainy season lasting from April to November. The capital, Conakry, has a year-round average high of 84 °F (29 °C), and a low of 73 °F (23 °C), which shows that the country does not have an extreme range of temperatures.

    The best time of year to visit Guinea is between November and March when the weather is moderate and the temperatures comfortable. From December to February the famous harmattan winds spread Saharan sand through much of the country, though this is not a serious hindrance to travellers. The rainy season, which is very rainy indeed, is at its most extreme in July and August, and this period is bad for travel, not just because of the monsoon-like rain, but also because many of the roads close as a result. The months of May, June, September and October are also good for travel as rain during these months is more moderate.

    It should be noted that Guinea incorporates diverse landscapes and the climate can change quite substantially according to region: the mountainous areas are much cooler than the flatlands and savannah, for example. Travellers should plan their trip according to the specific weather of the area they want to explore and their desired activities.

    Gbessia International Airport
    Location: Conakry, Guinea.
    Time: No GMT offset.
    Car Rental: It is advised that visitors get in touch with their hotel for transfer from the airport.
    Facilities: Airport facilities are limited.
    Parking Parking is available.

    The official unit of currency in Guinea is the Guinean franc (GNF). It's illegal to exchange foreign currency on the street or to use unofficial moneychangers; those using moneychangers, even for small amounts or at the airport, have been arrested and detained in military custody. ATMs are very rare in Guinea and credit cards are not commonly accepted.


    French is the official language of Guinea, but over 40 languages are spoken. Several indigenous languages have been declared national languages, including Fula, Malinke, Susu, Kissi, Kpelle and Toma.


    Electrical outlets in Guinea usually supply electricity at 220 volts, 50Hz. European two-pin plugs with round pins are standard.

    Entry Requirements:

    US nationals: US citizens must have a passport valid on arrival in Guinea. A visa is required.

    UK nationals: British citizens must have a passport valid on arrival in Guinea. A visa is required.

    CA nationals: Canadian citizens must have a passport valid on arrival in Guinea. A visa is required.

    AU nationals: Australian citizens must have a passport valid on arrival in Guinea. A visa is required.

    ZA nationals: South African citizens must have a passport valid on arrival in Guinea. A visa is required.

    IR nationals: Irish citizens must have a passport valid on arrival in Guinea. A visa is required.

    NZ nationals: New Zealand citizens must have a passport valid on arrival in Guinea. A visa is required.

    Passport/Visa Note:Visa:

    All foreign passengers to Guinea must hold return or onward tickets, and the necessary travel documentation for their next destination. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required to enter Guinea. It is highly recommended that travellers' passports have at least six months' validity remaining after the intended date of departure from their travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

    Travel Health:

    Malaria is a problem in Guinea and travellers should take some form of prophylaxis in all areas of the country. Insect protection measures are essential. A yellow fever vaccination is required for all travellers arriving from yellow fever areas, and is recommended for all travellers to Guinea. Hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid vaccinations are recommended, and those travelling to Guinea in the dry season (November to June) should get a meningococcus vaccination. Those at risk of animal bites or who may be in contact with bats should consider a rabies vaccination. Travellers are generally advised to be up to date on vaccinations for polio, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and tetanus-diphtheria.

    Travellers should not drink tap water in Guinea unless it has been boiled, filtered or chemically disinfected, and should avoid ice in beverages. Travellers should also avoid eating fruit and vegetables unless they have been cooked or peeled, and they should eat all cooked meals while still hot.

    Medical facilities in Guinea are extremely limited and visitors should ensure that they have comprehensive travel and health insurance. Private clinics provide better care than government hospitals, but medicines may still be in short supply. Visitors should take along any medication they may need, in its original packaging and accompanied by a signed and dated letter from a doctor detailing what the medicine is and why it is needed.


    Tips are appreciated but not expected in Guinea. In restaurants, if no service fee has been added, 10 percent is a good rule of thumb.

    Safety Information:

    Guinea is generally a safe country and most visits are trouble free, but crime is found in cities such as Conakry.

    Although the political situation in Guinea has stabilised in recent years, there are ongoing political tensions that have lead to sporadic violent demonstrations in the capital. Conflict in the country is largely political and all protests and political gatherings should be avoided.

    Military checkpoints and roadblocks are common throughout the country and tourists should carry identification at all times. There is a low general threat from terrorism: no terrorist attacks on foreigners have been reported in Guinea but there is the possibility of retaliatory attacks by terrorist groups in neighbouring countries. Armed robbery of vehicles is on the increase, especially in the south of the country, and travellers should avoid driving at night.

    Local Customs:

    As most Guineans are practising Muslims, conservative dress (especially for women) and judicious behaviour is essential, especially during religious festivals and celebrations. Greetings are very important in Guinea, as is respect for elders. When mixing with seniors, it's polite to offer a firm handshake and inquire about their wellbeing, but to avoid making direct eye contact. Guineans are wary of photography, so visitors should ask permission before taking anyone's photo, and avoid taking pictures of military buildings or installations. It is also considered rude to show the soles of feet or shoes, and to touch or move objects with feet. Visitors should avoid using their left hand when greeting others, or when eating, as it is considered 'haram' (impure). Homosexuality is not widely accepted or understood.


    Guinea is a poor country that doesn't rate highly for ease of doing business according to the World Bank, although the economic situation does seem to be gradually improving. Dress is not too formal for meetings, and a shirt and lightweight suit are acceptable for men (tie optional), whereas women should be sure to dress fairly conservatively. Guineans are, however, formal in their greetings and use of titles, and respect should be shown for age and seniority. Foreigners should be sure to exchange business cards with the right hand. Meetings often do not start punctually, but arriving on time is important nonetheless.


    Mobile phone usage far outstrips landline use in Guinea, as telecommunications infrastructure tends to be limited and ageing. Many locals don't have access to the internet, but it is possible to find hotels with internet in the big cities. The international dialling code for Guinea is +224.

    Duty Free:

    Visitors to Guinea may import up to 1,000 cigarettes, 250 cigars or 1kg of tobacco. Also permitted is one bottle of alcohol, and an amount of perfume reasonable for personal use.

    Guinea Embassies:

    Embassy of Guinea in Washington D.C. United States of America: +1 202 986 4300

    Embassy of Guinea in London, England: +44 20 7258 9640

    Embassy of Guinea in Ottawa, Canada: +1 613 789 8444

    Guinea Embassy in Tokyo, Japan (also responsible for Guinea): +81 3 3770 4640

    Embassy of Guinea in Pretoria, South Africa: +27 12 342 7348

    Foreign Embassies in Guinea :

    United States Embassy in Conakry, Guinea: +224 6510 4000

    British Embassy in Conakry, Guinea: +224 631 355 329

    Consulate of Canada in Conakry, Guinea: +224 622 350104

    Embassy of Australia in Conakry, Guinea: +224 462 395

    South Africa Embassy in Conakry, Guinea: +224 24 76 7921