Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Authorities in Guinea extend existing state of health emergency measures through at least Oct. 15 to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Alert Begins 16 Sep 2020 04:50 AM UTC
Alert Expires 15 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Severe travel and business disruptions
Authorities in Guinea have extended the country's state of health emergency measures through at least Oct. 15 as part of plans to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). All associated restrictions will remain unchanged. Land and sea borders remain closed until further notice apart from the transportation of goods; transporters will be subject to heightened screening measures. Air borders gradually reopened July 17 for international and domestic flights. All passengers arriving or departing Guinea must present a negative COVID-19 certificate for a test taken at least five days before travel. Facemasks are mandatory for all travelers and they must pack at least three more for the duration of the journey. Authorities will screen all travelers before departure.
Internal measures also remain largely unchanged. The government maintains that the wearing of facemasks is mandatory in public and private spaces. The following previously announced measures are also in place as of Sept. 16:
- The existing 0001-0400 curfew in Greater Conakry (Conakry, Coyah, and Dubreka) is in effect until further notice. There are no curfews in place outside of this area.
- Places of worship and schools have opened in areas where there have been no records of disease cases in 30 days.
- Capacity restrictions are in place for public transport vehicles in Conakry; authorities also maintain the closure of nonessential facilities and businesses and limits on group gatherings.
Authorities could further extend the state of emergency or expand any COVID-19-related restrictions with little to no advance notice.
Background and Analysis
The measures the government has taken correspond with similar actions introduced by other West African governments in recent weeks in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.