All visitors, except nationals of Economic Community of West Africa States (Ecowas) countries, need visas. These are normally valid for 45 days and are issued for around US$60 at embassies. They are generally routinely issued at Bissau’s airport, but not at land borders, so plan ahead. To avoid hassles, get one before you arrive.
Extensions are easy to obtain at Serviço de Estrangeiros (Ave 14 de Novembro, Bissau), behind the main immigration building across from the Mercado de Bandim. For virtually all nationalities, 45-day visa extensions cost around US$8 and are ready the same day if you go early.
Visas for onward travel
Visas for the following neighbouring countries can be obtained at their embassies in Bissau. However, note that Gambian and Senegalese visas can generally be obtained without delay at land border crossings as well as at airports.
Gambia Three-month single-entry visas cost US$30 and require one photo; they’re ready the same day if you go early.
Guinea Two-month multiple-entry visas cost US$40 plus two photos and take a day or two to issue.
Senegal One-month multiple-entry visas cost US$10 plus four photos and are issued in two days.