Expat tips and advice for relocating to Guinea-Bissau



Life in Guinea Bissau is easy and relaxed. Although there isn’t a big expat community, the country has been endeavoring to promote their beautiful landscape, a mixture of African influences and Portuguese colonial inflections. Here’s a bit of info. 


Expat Clubs

There are no expat meet up clubs as such in Guinea Bissau and most expats communicate online through websites such as ExpatWoman.com.

International Schools 

There are no known international schools in Guinea Bissau. There are however international schools in its neighboring countries:

1.       Gambia

2.       Guinea

Local News in English

allAfrica – Guinea Bissau

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic.

Website: allafrica.com/guineabissau

Country Information 

Location: Africa

Capital City: Bissau

Other Important Cities:

Currency: CFA Franc

Language: Portuguese

Calling Code: +225

Internet TLD: .gw

Electricity: The country runs on 220V 50Hz. Electricity is provided by the government-owned Electricidade e Aguas da Guine-Bissau. However the electricity is unreliable, so most establishments also rely on power generators.

Embassy Information


Residents Visa and Work Permit information

Only a few countries from the African continent may enter and stay in Guinea Bissau visa free. The rest may obtain a visa-on arrival that is valid for up to 90 days.


There is a handful of hotel located mostly in the capital. Hotel bookings must be done in advanced prior to arrival. The official tourism website Bissau Tourism has a list of hotels: www.bissautourism.com/tourism-information/hotels.html

Driving License

An international driving license is recommended to legally drive in Guinea Bissau.


The facilities in the country are very limited including medication. Cash payment is to be expected. A comprehensive health insurance that covers or reimburses the cost of medical evacuation is highly advised.

Insurance Companies

Cigna Global Health Options

Cigna provides international insurance coverage for expats. International medical evacuation is also available in cases where emergency treatment must be sought outside of the host country.

Website: www.cignaglobal.com



Iamat Center

Address: Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

Tel: +245 215 202


Hospital de Bolama

Address: Bolama, Guinea-Bissau


HR Mansoa

Address: Mansôa, Guinea-Bissau


Hospital do Mal de Hansen de Cumura

Address: Prabis, Guinea-Bissau


Hospital Nacional Simão Mendes

Address: Bissau, Guinea-Bissau


Hospital 3 de Agosto

Address: Bissau, Guinea-Bissau