Etiquette

Guinea has a relaxed attitude to foreigners cultural misunderstandings but there are a few points to remember.

  • Shake hands with men and women on first meeting them (though note that during the Ebola epidemic people stopped shaking hands).
  • Don't wear anything too revealing.
  • When eating with your hands, only use your right hand to pick up food.
  • Guineans value patience – you should too.
  • Guineans don't like to 'lose face' so keep this in mind when negotiating.