On 22 September 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Conakry issued a Security Alert ahead of the upcoming election, which reads in part as follows:

“Location: Throughout Guinea

“Event: Guinean Presidential Election Scheduled for Sunday, October 18, 2020

“The Guinean presidential elections are scheduled for Sunday, October 18. There is always a possibility protest activity may occur in Conakry and throughout Guinea at any given time. The frequency and intensity of protest activity increases as an election date approaches, and U.S. citizens should remain particularly vigilant until well after October 18.

“The U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Guinea, advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Guinea due to COVID-19, and to exercise increased caution in Guinea due to civil unrest.

“Typical locations for protest activity often include, but are not limited to, Rue le Prince from the Cosa intersection, to the Bambeto traffic circle, to the Hamdallaye traffic circle. When violence occurs during these protests, it often takes the form of blocked traffic, burned tires in the streets, and rocks and debris thrown at passing vehicles.

“On election day, all roads will be closed to non-emergency traffic. Vehicles without special election worker permits will not be allowed on the roads.”