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BASIC COUNTRY FACTS

Republic of Guinea-Bissau

Bissau

  • Portuguese

1.874 million

West African CFA franc

.gw

+245

West African CFA franc

STATUTORY LABOR REQUIREMENTS

Probation Period

  • Probation period is typically 3 months.

Annual Leave

  • Employees receive 21 days paid annual leave

Public Holidays

  1. New Year's Day (1st January)
  2. Heroes' Day (20th January)
  3. International Women's Day (8th March)
  4. Labor Day (1st May)
  5. Eid al-Fitr
  6. Eid al-Adha
  7. Pidjiguiti Day (3rd August)
  8. National Day (25th September)
  9. Readjustment Movement Day (14th November)
  10. Christmas Day (25th December)

Maternity Leave

  • Female employees receive 60 days of paid leave.

Paternity Leave

  • There is no statutory paternity leave

Sick Leave

  • Employees receive at least 5 paid days of sick leave

Work Hours

  • Standard workday is 8 hours

Overtime

  • Evening overtime is paid at 25%, while weekend overtime is paid at 50%

Notice Period

  • There is no notice period for a dismissal.

Severance

  • Severance pay after a year’s service is 13 days
  • Severance pay after 5 years of service is 21.7 days and after 10 years of service is around 43 days

13th Month Salary in Brazil

  • No
  • There is no statutory requirement to pay the 13th or 14th month salary.
  • However, it is customary for employees to be given bonus regularly but they are monthly as opposed to quarterly or attached to holidays.

INCOME TAX

  • Corporate income tax in Guinea-Bissau is imposed at a standard rate of 25%

Corporate Income Tax

Rate (%)

25%

IMMIGRATION

  • Foreign nationals who plan to travel to Guinea-Bissau will need to obtain a visa, and visa categories in the country include:
    • Short-stay visas, which are valid for a maximum of 90 days
    • Long-stay visas for extended stays
  • Most foreign nationals who travel to Guinea-Bissau for work will need to obtain a long-stay visa.
  • Foreign nationals can generally expect the need to provide the following documents if they wish to obtain a visa and travel to Guinea-Bissau:
    • A valid passport with at least one blank page for an entry stamp
    • Recent passport photos
    • Biometric data, including fingerprints
    • Proof of vaccination against yellow fever
    • Payment of the visa fee

Type of Visa/Permit

Documentation

Validity

Eligibility

Tourist Visa

  • A valid passport with at least one blank page for an entry stamp
  • Recent passport photos
  • Biometric data, including fingerprints
  • Proof of vaccination against yellow fever
  • Payment of the visa fee

3 months                                                                                                                                                                                         

  • Foreigners who intend to visit Guinea Bissau for short term purposes must apply for a tourist visa

Long-stay Visa

  • A valid passport with at least one blank page for an entry stamp
  • Recent passport photos
  • Biometric data, including fingerprints
  • Proof of vaccination against yellow fever
  • Payment of the visa fee
  • Employment contract
  • CV

1 year

  • Foreign nationals who wish to stay in Guinea Bissau for more than 3 months to work must apply for a long stay visa

VALUE ADDED TAX

  • The Value Added Tax (VAT) is levied at a standard rate of 15%.
  • Exports are zero rated

VAT

Standard Rate

15%

Zero Rate

0%

WITHHOLDING TAX

Dividends

  • Dividends are subject to 30% WHT

Interest

  • Interest payments are subject to 15% WHT

Royalties

  • Royalties are subject to 0% WHT

WHT

Dividends

30%

Interest

15%

Royalties

0%

TERMINATION

  • There is no notice period for a dismissal.
  • Severance pay after a year’s service is 13 days
  • Severance pay after 5 years of service is 21.7 days and after 10 years of service is around 43 days

STATUTORY BENEFITS

  • These are mandatory benefits as postulated by law
  • These include probationary period, annual leave, public holidays, sick leave, maternity leave, overtime pay, notice period, and severance pay
  • Statutory benefits also include social security benefits

Statutory Benefits

Probationary Period

Annual Leave

Public Holidays

Maternity Leave

Sick Leave

Overtime Pay

Notice Period

Severance Pay

Social Security Benefits

PAYMENTS AND INVOICING

  • All legal entities in Guinea-Bissau must register for tax at the Directorate- General of Taxes and Duties (DGCI) department at Enterprise Drawing Centre (CFE) and obtain a tax identification number (NIF)
  • Legal entities must submit annual returns by 30th of April following the end of the fiscal year

 EASE OF DOING BUSINESS

  • The ease of doing business index is an index created by Simeon Djankov, an economist at the Central and Eastern Europe sector of the World Bank Group.
  • Higher rankings (a low numerical value) indicate better, usually simpler, regulations for businesses and stronger protections of property rights.
  • According to the World Bank Guinea Bissau ranked 174th in the World in 2019 in terms of ease of doing business.

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