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[*]Get to Guyana?

Usually by plane to the only international airport in the country. The Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, is located 25 miles (40 km) south of Georgetown. Airlines serving Guyana include the flag carrier, Universal Airlines, North American Airlines, BWIA, and LIAT.

Domestic flights in Guyana are usually from the Ogle Aerodrome, just about 6 miles east of Georgetown.

Entry requirements
  • Passport;
  • Ticket to leave;
  • Visas, except for nationals of: British Commonwealth countries, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy Japan, South Korea, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the USA.

If you need a visa, check:

If you are a Guyanese national and require a new passport, note the following instructions: To Top

[*]Do my banking and shopping when in Guyana?

Banking hours in Guyana could be a little more restrictive than you might be accustomed to -- 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Some banks may have extended Friday hours from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. The use of Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are now being adopted in Georgetown.

Stores are open 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Thursday, to 5:00 pm.on Friday, and to 12:00 noon on Saturday. Closed on Sundays.

Markets are open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Saturday except on Wednesdays when they are open 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. On Sundays, markets are open between 8:00 and 10:00 am.

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[*]Handle the climate?

Do you like it hot? If so, Guyana is tailor-made for you. Hot but more pleasant on the coastline (due to the NE Tradewinds coming off the Atlantic Ocean), and hot and humid as you venture south past the coastal region and closer to the Equator. Hottest time of the day is usually around 2:00 pm.

There are only two seasons in Guyana -- dry (February-April and July-November) and rainy (May-June and December-January). During the rainy season, there may be rainfall for 60% of the time and the low-lying coastal areas can experience some flooding.

Clothing is usually lightweight summer-type casual clothing, and jackets are not necessary. Dress as you would in North America during the summer ... and leave the Hawaiian shirts for Hawaii. Guyanese use functional raincoats and unbrellas during the rainy season.

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[*]Deal with the bugs and other fauna?

Due to its equatorial climate and rainy seasons, Guyana is well blessed with all sorts of bugs, beetles, butterflies, wasps, bees, hornets, mosquitoes, flies ... you get the picture. The only insects to worry about are the mosquitoes and sand flies, and windows of houses in Guyana are often meshed to keep these critters out. People also usually sleep under mosquito netting. The mosquito situation tends to get worse as one goes away from the coastline, as the effects of the Tradewinds are not there to blow the mosquitoes off course.

Being tropical, Guyanese houses are typically airy and have many non-closing openings to the outside. This means that lizards, spiders, and other crawlies can come in from time to time. Ignore them and they usually treat you similarly.

Snakes, caimans, and other more serious animals are not usually found in the cities, but then there are exceptions in every rule, and sometimes something might turn up. Good thing there are mongooses to keep the snakes at bay.

Guyana is glorious when it comes to animals, which should all be appreciated on any visit to this beautiful country. Except the mosquitoes -- bring DEET.

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[*]Pay for stuff?

Guyana's currency is the Guyana dollar, which floats against the US dollar (check the present exchange rate). US dollars would be accepted by almost anyone since foreign currency is not always readily available at the banks and other similar institutions.

Basically you convert your foreign currency into Guyanese dollars at banks, cambios (money changing companies) and some hotels. Stay away from the money changers on the street. Keep cambio receipts if you need to change back to your own currency when leaving. There is a "Departure Tax" when leaving the country - Guy$2,500 -- payable at the airport.

Major credit cards and travellers cheques are now accepted by most hotels, restaurants, tour operators, and the like.

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[*]Get money to Guyana?

Popular ways of sending money to Guyana include money transfers from bank to bank, and also Western Union. There are many Western Union locations in all 3 counties -- telephone 592-2-75141.

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[*]Get around the place?

Well, you could rent a car and be on your own, or you could use taxis within the coastline areas.

Driving is on the left hand side of the road, and as a result most cars have their controls on the right -- as in England.

When it comes to taxis, it might be better to take private ones than the public taxis that one hails on the road. Private ones usually only have you as the fare for the duration of your journey. Public taxis drivers will fill the vehicle with anyone who hails them, so you would most likely share a cab.

There is no state-owned public transportation system at the moment. Instead, longer distances are also served by mini-buses which are typically the size of minivans but which are equipped to seat more than 7 persons. Most mini-buses (or taxis) have no seatbelts, and have a bad reputation when it comes to driving on the roads. Accidents are often spectacular. I would avoid mini-buses more than I would avoid a tarantula.

River travel is by state-run ferries crossing the major rivers -- Demerara, Essequibo and Berbice -- and also by open-air 4- and 6-seater outboard-engined river taxis called balahoos and corials. These can be chartered.

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[*]Satisfy my health concerns?

Visitors are advised to drink bottled water (widely available), since potable water might not be treated the same way as you may be accustomed to.

There is a risk of malaria in the interior, but not in Gergetown and other coastal areas.

Georgetown has one public hospital, the largest in the country, and several good private hospitals.

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[*]Exercise care for my personal security?

As with any fairly large city with a diverse population, Georgetown is not crime free. You would be advised to exercise the same safety precautions as when in any other strange city:
  • Avoid walking alone at night
  • Avoid venturing away from the main, well travelled areas of the city
  • Avoid walking around with valuables
  • Keep a low profile
  • Secure valuables in the hotel safe or in some other secure location
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[*]Call home or check my email?

Guyana's country code is 592 and this must prefix the telephone number you are calling. With the new 7-digit number system, your dialling number should look like '011-592-xxx-yyyy' where 'xxx' is the new area code and 'yyyy' is the telephone number. Here is a listing of the new area codes and how they impact existing telephone numbers.

Exchange

New Code

Sample Old #

Sample New #

Anna Regina

771

071-4967

771-4967

Anna Regina / Suddie

278

278-3021

278-3021

Bartica

455

05-2119

445-2119

Benab

338

038-2245

338-2245

BV Central

220

020-3266

220-3266

BV East

270

070-6014

270-6014

BV West

222

022-6604

222-6604

Cove and John

229

029-2245

229-2245

Diamond

265

065-5070

265-5070

FWA GTown, Mocha, Wales

263

063-0629

261-0629

Geo cell

224

224-6644

224-6644

GeoCell

294

294-5314

294-5314

Georgetown

223

02-39622

223-9622

Georgetown

225

02-55868

225-5868

Georgetown

226

02-68444

226-8444

Georgetown

227

02-77894

227-7894

Ituni

441

041-2480

441-2480

Kwakwani Park

440

040-2790

440-2790

Leonora

268

068-9120

268-9120

Lethem

772

072-2138

772-2138

Linden

444

04-2347

444-2347

Mabaruma

777

077-5022

777-5022

Mahaica

228

028-2728

228-2728

Mahaicony

221

021-2800

221-2800

Matthew's Ridge

775

075-2950

775-2950

New Amsterdam

333

03-2965

333-2965

New Hope

266

066-2894

266-2894

Rosignol

330

030-2391

330-2391

Skeldon

339

039-2232

339-2232

Suddie

774

074-4989

774-4989

Timehri

261

061-2416

261-2416

Tuschen

260

060-4615

260-4615

Vreed-en Hoop

264

064-2960

264-2960

Wales

267

067-2777

267-2777

Whim

337

037-2136

337-2136

Switchover Dates
Lethem Jan 15 1400 hrs
Port Kaituma & Mabaruma Jan 18 1400 hrs
Ituni Jan 23 1200 hrs
Kwakwani Jan 24 1200 hrs
Georgetown / New Amsterdam Feb 01 000 hrs

The new numbers are already in effect. A complete switchover will be done on the dates above and the old numbers will not be accessible. For more information on the new system, please click here.

Direct dialling is available between Guyana and any country. Direct dialling codes are: Canada - 161, USA - 165, and UK - 169.

The phone company, GT&T, has public facilities in Georgetown for overseas calls.

Some local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have walk-in, pay Internet services in their Georgetown offices. It might be a good idea to set up a web-based email account such as Hotmail, Yahoo, etc. and have your regular mail forwarded to that account for the duration of your stay in Guyana. That way you can check the email from any computer connected to the Web.

Free Internet access is available to Cara hotel guests.

Time Zone and Voltage

Guyana is 4 hours behind GMT, and 1 hour ahead of EST, except between April and October when they are coincident.

Voltage is 100V, 50/60 Hz in Georgetown, and 220V in parts of the City suburbs and in most other places.

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[*]Check Births, Deaths and Marriages?

Many people have asked how they can go about checking their roots, and the best I could come up with is to contact the Registrar's office at:

Registrar of Births, Deaths, Marriages
GPO Building,
Robb St.,
Georgetown,
Guyana, South America

Tel: 592-226-3556, 592-226-9836, 592-226-6673.
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[*]Contact Guyana's Overseas Missions?

Canada

Ottawa

High Commission for the Cooperative Republic of Guyana
Suite 305, 151 Slater St.,
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5H3
Tel: (613) 235-7249
Fax: (613) 235-1447
Email: guyanahcott@travel-net.com

Toronto

Consulate General of Guyana
505 Consumer's Road - Suite 306
Willowdale, Ontario
Canada M2J 4X8
Tel: (416) 494-6404, 494-6059
Fax: (416) 494-1530
Email: guyana@guyanaconsulate.com

United Kingdom
High Commission for the Cooperative Republic of Guyana
3 Palace Court, Bayswater Road,
London W2 4LP
Tel: (171) 229-7684, 792-1178
Fax: (171) 727-9809
Email: GuyHiCom@compuserve.com

United States

California

Consulate of Guyana
222 West Florence Avenue
Inglewood, CA 90301
Tel: (310) 320-3370
Fax: (310) 320-3370

Florida

Consulate of Guyana
1837 S. State Road 7
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33317
USA
Tel: 954-797-6844
Fax: 954-797-7603
United States (continued)

Washington DC

Embassy of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana
Guyana Permanent Mission to the Organization of American States
2490 Tracy Place, NW,
Washington DC 20008
Tel: (202) 265-6900
Fax: (202) 232-1297
Email: GuyanaEmbassy@hotmail.com

New York

Guyana Permanent Mission to the United Nations
866 UN Plaza
Suite 505
New York, N.Y. 10017
Tel: (212) 527-3232/ 3233/ 3245/ 3236
Fax: (212) 935-7548
Email: guyun@undp.org

Guyana Consulate General - New York, USA
Mr. Brentnol Evans
Consul General
Consulate General of Guyana
370 7th Avenue 4th Floor
Seven Penn Plaza
New York, N.Y. 10001
Telephone: (212) 947-5110
Fax: (212) 947-5163

Texas

Consulate of Guyana
1810 Woodland Park Drive
Houston
Texas 77077
USA
Tel: 713-497-4466
Fax: 713-497-4476

Europe
Guyana Embassy - Belgium
12 Avenue du Bresil
1050 Brussels
Tel: 32-2-675- 6312;
32-2-675-6216;
32-2-732-2021
Fax: 32-2-672-5598
Email:
embassy.guyana@skynet.be

View the complete listing from the Guyana News and Information web site.

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How do I ...

Get to Guyana?

Do my banking and shopping when in Guyana?

Handle the climate?

Deal with the bugs and other fauna?

Pay for stuff?

Get money to Guyana?

Get around the place?

Satisfy my health concerns?

Exercise care for my personal security?

Call home or check my email?

Check Births, Deaths and Marriages?

Contact Guyana's Overseas Missions?

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