Guinea Bissau

Guinea BissauAbout The Guinea Bissau

Guinea-Bissau is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Senegal to the north and Guinea to the south and east, with the Atlantic Ocean to its west. It covers 36,125 km² (nearly 14,000 sq mi) with an estimated population of 1,600,000.

Guinea-Bissau was once part of the kingdom of Gabu, as well as part of the Mali Empire. Parts of this kingdom persisted until the 18th century, while a few others were part of the Portuguese Empire since the 16th century. It then became the Portuguese colony of Portuguese Guinea in the 19th century. Upon independence, declared in 1973 and recognised in 1974, the name of its capital, Bissau, was added to the country’s name to prevent confusion with Guinea. Guinea-Bissau has a history of political instability since gaining independence, and no elected president has successfully served a full five-year term. On the evening of 12 April 2012, members of the country’s military staged a coup and arrested the interim president and a leading presidential candidate. The military has yet to declare a current leader for the country. However, former vice chief of staff, General Mamadu Ture Kuruma has taken care of the country in the transitional period and started negotiations with opposition parties.



Time difference between India and Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau is 5:30 hours behind India.

Travel distance between India and Guinea-Bissau

9,551 kilometers or 5,935 miles


Bissau airport

Names of the airlines


Royal Air Maroc,

Senegal Airlines

Travel Cost


West African CFA franc

Compare it to Rs

1 Indian Rupee equals 8.40 CFA Franc BCEAO


International schools in Guinea Bissau


Portuguese Language

Indian Restaurants


Safety and Security

Essential services such as electricity and water supply are severely restricted. Hospitals are not fully operational. Commercial flights travelling into or out of the country have since resumed normal schedules.

Guinea-Bissau is an inherently unpredictable country in which political instability can, and does, occur without warning. We advise in Guinea-Bissau to stay alert to local political developments, to keep a low profile and to avoid areas of sensitivity (e.g. military installations). You should also avoid any large gatherings of people. If a demonstration or disturbance is taking place, you should leave the area as quickly and as safely as possible. Guinea-Bissau has a history of political instability

Visa Process

  • Two recent Passport size 2” X 2” photographs;
  • Photo copy of passport page containing personal details; and
  • Return Air ticket or Confirmed ticket booking or itinerary.

I. Clients traveling on business, church business, Government travel (Diplomatic and Official), Seminar, Volunteer and Study-related trips should submit their applications with an official cover letter from their sponsor or prospective employer specifying in brief detail the nature of their intended transactions in Zambia. Attach a copy of flight itinerary and/or return airline ticket. II. Clients traveling on Tourist Visa need to attach a copy of their flight itinerary or a copy of ticket. If available, include a copy of Tour itinerary. III. Clients traveling on Visitors’ Visa should include a Letter of Invitation from their host in Zambia, a copy of the host’s National Registration Card/ Passport if they are Zambian or copy of an Immigration Permit if the host is non-Zambian and a copy of flight itinerary or ticket, The Invitation letter should include the following:

i. Host’s name and address; ii. Applicant’s name; iii. Length of stay in Zambia; and iv. Purpose of visit

  • Embassy in India: Guinea Bissau does not have a diplomatic mission in India.  However, the coordinates of the Honorary Consulate of Guinea Bissau are as follows:
  • Honorary Consul : Mr. Kamal Kumar A-5, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-16 Ph: 40540671 Mob : 0091 9873091157 Email :