Are you Travelling to Guyana?

Entry Requirements

All visitors require a valid passport.  Those arriving by air require an onward plane ticket.  Visas are necessary for all visitors except nationals of the following countries:

  • all Commonwealth countries
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Luxembourg
  • the Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • USA

Visitors are advised to check with the nearest Guyana Embassy or consulate or your travel agent.

Transportation

By Land

Georgetown is well served with taxis, which operate throughout the city and to other urban areas.  Taxis are easy to find outside most banks, hotels and thoughout Georgetown.  There are fixed fares for most distances; check in advance.  Most trips within Goergetown are approximately G$300.  Private taxis are arranged through your hotel or by caling one of the numerous taxi services.

There are also ultra-cheap minibuses running around town and along the coastlands, or to Cheddie Jagan International Airport and Linden.  Check the fare in advance and prepared to be jostled.

Car rental is an alternative, at US$30-50 per day with a security deposit of US$200-250, depending on the type of vehicle.  There are good roads from Georgetown to Timehri and Linden, and for 185 miles long the coast from Springlands to Charity.

Traffic drives on the left.  Seat belts are necessary.

By River

Guyana has over 600 miles of navigable river, which provide an important means of communication.  The Berbice, the Essequibo and the Demerara are crossed by ferries and by 4 and 6-seater river boats called balahoos and corials.  River taxis can be chartered.  For details, contact the Transport and Harbour Department, Water Street, Georgetown.

By Plane

Private charter companies operate flights into the interior from Ogle airport.  Minibuses serve the airport from Stabroek Market in Georgetown.

Air Travel

Guyana’s international airport, named after the late President Cheddie Jagan, is at Timehri, 25 miles/40 km south of Georgetown.  Flights from Europe are routed though Antigua, Barbados, or Trinidad.  There are direct flights from Miami, New York, Toronto, Brazil, Suriname, French Guiana, Barbados, Trinidad and Curacoa.  Outward flights should be reconfirmed prior to departure.

Cambios

These are licensed currency exchange houses.  Most cambios are open from 8am to 5pm, and on Saturdays from 8am to noon, sometimes to 2pm.  Keep your cambio receipts, you will need to produce them in order to change Guyanese dollars on departure.

Departure Tax

There is an exit tax of $4,500.  The US Dollar equivalent for this exit tax may vary with exchange fluctuations.  It can be paid when reconfirming your ticket at the airport near the check-in counter.

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Guyana Facts

Official Name
The Co-operative Republic of Guyana. Georgetown is the capital city.

National Symbols
Coat of ArmsNational Flag

 

Population

Approximately 751,223 (Census 2002) of which 90% live along the coastal strip and banks of the three major rivers. The ethnic composition of the population is as follows:

  • East Indian 43.5%
  • Black (African) 30.2%
  • Mixed 16.7%
  • Amerindian 9.1%
  • Other 0.5%

Location

North East of South America between 1o & 9o North Latitude and 57o & 61o West Longitude, bordering Venezuela to the West, Brazil to the South, Suriname to the East.

Language

The official language is English. Often spoken with a Caribbean Creole flavour. Guyana is also the only English speaking country in South America.

Government

Guyana became independent from Britain in 1966 and a “Cooperative Republic in 1970, when a non executive President replaced the Governor-General. A new constitution in 1980 gave the President wide executive powers. The Cabinet is headed by the President, and there is a 65-member National Assembly elected by proportional representation.

President: Bharat Jagdeo
Prime Minister: Samuel Hinds

Other information

Currency: Guyana Dollar
Time Zone: GMT – 04:00
Area: 214,970 km2 or 83,000 sq mi
Country Code: 592
We drive on the left side of the road.

More information about Guyana | World Cities: Georgetown

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