Demonstration Alert — U.S. Embassy Dakar

Location: Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

Event: On February 8, 2019 and again on February 13, there were large-scale demonstrations in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau. At least one of the demonstrations completely blocked all vehicular traffic within the city limits of Bissau, requiring people to travel on foot through protestors who were burning tires and damaging property.

Due to concerns about the capacity of the local police to respond to future such incidents and to ensure the safety and security of American citizens, we recommend postponing travel to Bissau through February 22, 2019, when the U.S. Embassy Dakar will review the situation. If you are currently in Bissau, we recommend the following precautions.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid crowds.
  • Avoid demonstrations
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible.