Guinea-Bissau

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Guinea-Bissau
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Guinea-Bissau
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Language Portuguese, Crioulo
Currency West African CFA Franc (XOF)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
Calling code +245

The Republic of Guinea-Bissau is a country in western Africa, and one of the smallest nations in continental Africa. It is bordered by Senegal to the north, and Guinea to the south and east, with the Atlantic Ocean to its west. Formerly the Portuguese colony of Portuguese Guinea, upon independence, the name of its capital, Bissau, was added to the country's name in order to prevent confusion between itself and the Republic of Guinea. At 13,945 sq mi. (36,120 km²), Guinea-Bissau is nearly identical in size to Taiwan, and somewhat larger than the US state of Maryland. This small, tropical country lies at a low altitude; its highest point is 984 feet (300 m). The interior is savanna, and the coastline is swampy plain. Its monsoon-like rainy season alternates with periods of hot, dry harmattan winds blowing from the Sahara. The Bijagos Archipelago extends out to sea.

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Weather

Guinea-Bissau is warm all year around and there is little temperature fluctuation averaging 26.3 degrees Celsius. The average rainfall for Bissau is 2024 mm although this is almost entirely accounted for during the rainy season which falls between June and September/October. During the months of December, January, February, March and April, the country experiences drought.

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Entrance

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Security

  • A current yellow fever innoculation is required
  • It is suggested that hepatitis A, tetanus and typhoid vaccinations up to date.
  • Malaria prophylaxis is highly recommended - consult a medical doctor for advice on which type to choose.
  • Depending on the length of your stay, also consider vaccinations for typhoid fever, hepatitis B, rabies, meningitis and tuberculosis.

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  • Bissau Bissau /wiki/Bissau Port of entry icon – port of entry |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Bubaque Bubaque /wiki/Bubaque Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Cacheu Cacheu /wiki/Cacheu Port of entry icon – port of entry |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |

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References & Publications

  • Steve Jones, Ed Wheeler, and Penny Scott-Bayfield, Cruising Guide To West Africa, Royal Cruising Club Pilotage Foundation (December 2009), ISBN 978-0952777120. Covers the West African coast, off lying islands and navigable rivers from Dakar in Senegal to Guinea-Bissau.


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