General Info, Travel Info, & FAQs are provided to assist with your vacation.
CUSTOMS Visitors are allowed to bring in items for personal use in reasonable quantities for the duration of their stay. Generally throughout the Caribbean the standard is around 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, or 250g of tobacco, and one to two litres of alcohol.
For more information call the Customs and Trade Administration at 592/256-9317.
IMPORTING ANIMALS To import your pet you will need a written permit from the Guyana Veterinary Authority, as well as a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian in the country of origin or export, issued within two days of departure. The Guyana Veterinary Authority must be notified at least 24 hours in advance of your arrival. Dogs and cats will be quarantined for at least three months unless they are arriving from a rabies-free country: Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica, Montserrat, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, St Kitts/Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines and the United Kingdom.
For more information contact the Veterinary Authority, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Services Division at tel 592/226-9215 or 226-8714.
GETTING THERE BY AIR Flights arrive at Cheddi Jagan International Airport (airport code CJI) at Timehri, which is about 25 miles from Georgetown.
Airlines that service Guyana include BWIA West Indies Airways/Caribbean Airlines (tel 800/538-2942), Caribbean Star (tel 800/744-7827), LIAT (tel 888/844-5428), North American Airlines (tel 227-5805 or 227-5838), Roraima Airways and charters (tel 225-9648), Surinam Airways (tel 261-2509 or 225-4894) and Trans Guyana Airways and charters (tel 222-2525).
Note: The phone numbers listed above are local access numbers unless otherwise stated.
GETTING AROUND Crime levels are high, especially in the Georgetown and New Amsterdam areas, along the East Coast of Demerara (especially in the vicinity of the villages of Buxton, Friendship and Annandale), East Bank regions and along the Timehri to Linden highway. Avoid walking and travelling alone, particularly at night. Taxis are the safest option for tourists.
BY CAR Roads are generally in poor condition and often without street lights. Watch out for erratic local drivers and animals on or along the side of the road, especially at night. There are severe penalties for those involved in accidents that result in injury or death.
To rent a car an international drivers license is recommended, otherwise you'll need a one-month temporary local driving permit, which you can obtain at the License and Revenue Office in Georgetown. Ensure you bring your valid driver's license from home.
Driving is on the left. Seat belt use is required by law and enforced. Those travelling on motorcycles require helmets.
BY TAXI Taxis have the letter "H" on their license plates. Always use taxis after dark and only use reputable taxis (ask at your hotel concierge desk) that you have called for in advance. Bandits have targeted some taxis, but they are the safest way for tourists to get around. Taxi tours are available in addition to regular taxi service.
There are no meters. Fares are fixed, but you should confirm the cost with your driver prior to departure. A taxi rate list is posted at the airport by the taxi stand. Within Georgetown most fares are about G$300.
BY FERRY AND WATER TAXI Ferries and speed boats (known as balahoos and corials) operate from Stabroek Stelling to Vreed-en-Hoop (West Demerara), New Amsterdam and Rosignol to East Berbice, and Leguan/Parika Stelling to Essequibo. Water taxis can also be chartered.
BY BUS Privately owned minibuses operate throughout the country, however, they are known for speeding, aggressive and reckless driving, overloading of vehicles and poor vehicle maintenance and repair. They are also often involved in accidents, some of them fatal.
Minibuses, according to their bus number listed below, operate according to the following zones: 21: Supennam to Charity 31: Georgetown to Wales 32: Georgetown to Parika 40: Kitty/Campbellville 41: Lodge/South, East and West Ruimveldt 42: Georgetown to Timehri 43: Georgetown to Linden 44: Georgetown to Mahaica 45: Main/Lamaha/Albert Streets 50: Georgetown to Rosignol 63: Georgetown to Moleson Creek 72: Georgetown to Mahdia
There are no fixed schedules. You can board anywhere along the bus routes or at the following car park boarding points according to your destination: Berbice: Hinck St, Brown Betty area East Coast: Regent St, Bank of Boroda area East Bank/Linden/Timehri: Hadfield St, Public Buildings area Kitty/Campbellville: Croal St, Demico House area Main/Lamaha/Albert sts: Croal St, Demico House area West Demerara: north of Stabroek Market area
BY AIR Roraima Airways (tel 225-9648) and Trans Guyana Airways (tel 222-2525) provide regularly scheduled flights as well as charters throughout the country.
Disclaimer: Information is provided as a service to visitors and is updated regularly. All
information should be verified prior to travel.