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Guyana Travel Information

According to philosophynearby, Guyana is a country in South America bordering Suriname, Brazil and Venezuela. Guyana has been independent from the United Kingdom since 1966. The capital of Guyana is Georgetown. A number of major cities in Guyana are: Bartica, Linden, Anna Regina and Lethem.

Guyana was Dutch territory long ago and that is still reflected in some place and street names. The country is known for the large areas of rainforest. In these rainforests you will find many mountains, rivers, lakes, creeks and waterfalls. The most famous waterfalls are the Kaieteur Falls. These falls are among the highest in the world. There is a great variety of flowers, plants, birds and animals. Think of snakes, monkeys, panthers, dolphins, turtles and jaguars. The beaches are generally very polluted. See educationvv for education in South America.

Where is Guyana located?

Travel information of Guyana

Official name: Cooperative Republic of Guyana
Continent: South America
Area: 214,969 km²
Capital: Georgetown
Country code: GY, GUY
Population: 750,204 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 2,810 m (Roraima)
Distance (Amsterdam – Georgetown): 7,818 km
Flight time: approximately 13 hours

Travel advice
Current status: Attention, safety risks.
Current color code: Yellow.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), (temporary) measures may apply in Guyana that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Guyana, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Guyana. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compile your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Guyana?

Weather and climate
Guyana has a tropical climate. Temperatures are around 30 degrees all year round.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Guyana can be found on our extensive weather page.
Extensive information about the climate of Guyana can be found at Climate info.

Best time
February, March, September and October are the best months to travel to Guyana. This avoids the often rainy and humid seasons.

English is the official language in Guyana. Creole, Urdu and Hindi are also spoken.
Would you like to translate from or into English for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon departure from Guyana.
A visa is not necessary if you stay in Guyana for less than 3 months.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Suriname (also for Guyana):
Guyanese embassy in Belgium (also for the Netherlands):
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Guyana it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Malaria occurs in Guyana. Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.

Money and Currency
In Guyana people pay with the Guyanese dollar (GYD).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Guyana can be found on our ATMs page. However, these do not accept Dutch bank cards.

Price level
The prices in Guyana are a lot lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -33% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (54% cheaper), food (13% cheaper), imported beer in catering (35% cheaper), cigarettes (57% cheaper) and public transport (84% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

In Guyana it is customary to give a tip of approximately 10%.

Time difference
During our summer time it is 6 hours earlier in Guyana.
During our winter time it is 5 hours earlier in Guyana.
Guyana has no difference in winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Guyana can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
In Guyana you must drive on the left.
You must apply for a temporary driver’s license in Guyana to drive a motor vehicle. This is possible at the ‘License Revenue Office of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA)’ on presentation of the Dutch driver’s license.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Guyana.

In Guyana you need a plug adapter. In addition, in some cases you need an inverter.
More information about common plugs and sockets in Guyana can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 911
– Fire: 912
– Ambulance: 913

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Guyana can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Guyana can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Guyana end
Guyana official website:

The country code (international access code) to call someone in Guyana is 00592 or +592.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Guyana? Then use the Dutch country code 00131.
(If you use a country code, you must leave out the first 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Telephone Directory of Guyana.
Company details can be found in Guyana’s Yellow Pages.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Guyana.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Guyana.

An overview of all public holidays in Guyana can be found on

Reviews and travel experiences
On TripAdvisor you can find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Guyana, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Guyana?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Guyana. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Guyana can be found on Protected Planet.
Guyana is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Guyana? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Guyana.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.1.
– Tobacco: Unknown
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Not allowed. Prison sentence more than 10 years.

Did you know that…
…Sugar, gold and cocoa are Guyana’s main export products?
…Cricket is the main sport in Guyana?
…Guyana is home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world?
…Guyana was originally a Dutch colony?
…There are still Dutch place names to be found in Guyana?

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