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See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Guyana for information on U.S.-Guyana relations.
As a result of COVID-19, entry requirements change frequently. Please visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on entry/ exit requirements related to COVID-19 in Guyana.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Guyana.
U.S. citizens should remain alert and exercise particular caution in the neighborhoods of Agricola, Tiger Bay, Albouystown, Stabroek Market, and the seawall east of Vlissengen Road due to criminal activity; the remaining seawall, National Park, and Bourda Market have the same recommendations after dark. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid walking in Georgetown alone and after dark.
Crime: Criminal activity, including murder and armed robbery, is common in Guyana. Armed robberies can occur in businesses, shopping districts, and in hotels. If you are staying in a hotel, use caution when opening the room doors and keep all valuables in the hotel safe.
Petty crimes such as theft, car break-ins, pick pocketing, purse snatching, assault, and robbery can occur in all areas of Georgetown, particularly, in the general area of Stabroek Market and behind Bourda Market. Safeguard your personal property when shopping in these markets.
While local law enforcement authorities are cooperative, they lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. U.S. citizens who are victims of crime should contact the local police and the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown.
Do not buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. These goods are illegal in the United States and cannot be brought into the country.
Victims of Crime: U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault are encouraged to contact the local police and the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown.
Report crimes to the local police at (+592) 225-2700, 226-4585 or (+592) 227-6123, and contact the U.S. Embassy at (+592) 225-4900/9. The local equivalent to the "911" emergency line in Guyana is 911.
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance.
Tourism: Most tourists begin their travel to Guyana in Georgetown, where the country’s only two international airports are located. Adventure travelers, ecotourists, and birdwatchers proceed to the interior region (hinterlands) by plane, boat, vehicle, and jungle trekking. Almost 80% of Guyana’s territory is covered by forest, beyond the area of paved roads, where tourists can explore some of the only remaining untouched, unspoiled, primary rainforest in South America. The tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities do not commonly occur. Hazardous areas and activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in or near major cities. First responders are generally unable to access areas outside of major cities and to provide medical treatment. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities, prior to practicing or operating a business.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Although counterfeit and pirated goods are prevalent in many countries, they may still be illegal according to local laws. You may also pay fines or have to give them up if you bring them back to the United States. See the U.S. Department of Justice website for more information.
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
LGBTI Travelers: Consensual same-sex sexual relations between men are criminalized in Guyana. It is not uncommon for local police to use the law to intimidate men known or perceived to be gay. There are no laws concerning same-sex sexual relations between women.
There is no legal protection from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity under Guyanese law.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: The Guyana Constitution mandates the state to take measures to protect persons with disabilities, but there is no law that mandates provision of access for such persons. There is also a lack of appropriate infrastructure that provides access to both public and private facilities.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Illegal Drugs: Travelers to the United States from Guyana have found narcotics planted in their luggage, both in bags registered under their names and in items they were carrying for others. U.S. citizens should only carry items they personally purchase and pack, and ensure that no additional bags are registered in their name. Drug laws in Guyana are strict, pre-trial detention can last for years, and final sentences are lengthy.
Changing Currency and Credit Card Use: Credit cards are only accepted in limited locations in Georgetown. Stolen PIN data is common when credit cards or ATM cards are used. U.S. citizens should only exchange currency with banks, hotels, or licensed money exchange houses.
Firearms: Visit the Guyana Police Force website for information on importing firearms into Guyana. Visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website for information on importing firearms into the United States.
Wildlife: Guyana’s rivers and rainforest provide homes to abundant wildlife and exotic plants, including jaguars, monkeys, sloths, arapaima, capybaras, giant anteaters, more than 900 species of birds, and over 6,000 species of trees and plants. Many plants and animals in Guyana are globally threatened or are endangered species protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). An export permit is required by the Ministry of Agriculture in order to take an exotic animal or plant out of Guyana, and an import permit is required by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in order to bring an exotic animal or plant into the United States.
Please visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Guyana.
Medical care in Guyana is sparse, low in quality, and inconsistent. Emergency care and hospitalization for major medical illnesses or surgery are limited due to lack of trained specialists and poor sanitation.
Ambulance service is limited to transportation without any medical care and is frequently not available for emergencies. In the event of an emergency, the number for an ambulance is 913, but this number is not always operational and an ambulance may not be available.
Travelers should carry and use CDC recommended insect repellents containing either 20 percent DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535, which will help diminish bites from mosquitoes as well as ticks, fleas, chiggers, etc., some of which may also carry infectious diseases.
The Embassy cannot pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
If traveling with medication, check with the Government of Guyana to ensure the medication is legal in Guyana. Always carry your medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccination for yellow fever is required to enter Guyana. It is recommended that travelers carry with them their updated vaccination record or immunization card. This card, showing proof of immunization, may be required when traveling between Guyana and other countries.
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Air Quality: Visit AirNow Department of State for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates.
The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of doctors and hospitals. We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.
Health Facilities in General: Public medical clinics lack basic resources and supplies. Private hospitals usually require advance payment or a deposit before admitting a patient.
Pharmaceuticals: U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration are responsible for rules governing the transport of medication back to the United States. Medication purchased abroad must meet their requirements to be legally brought back into the United States. Medication should be for personal use and must be approved for usage in the United States. Please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and the Food and Drug Administration websites for more information.
Water Quality: In many areas, tap water is not potable. The water supply system throughout Guyana may be contaminated. U.S. citizens should treat or boil water before consumption, or purchase bottled water.
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The following diseases are prevalent:
HIV/AIDS: The HIV epidemic impact is disproportionate, with an elevated burden of disease among high risk populations such as commercial sex workers, men who have sex with men, and transgender persons. The highest number of reported HIV cases in Guyana is among persons 25-49 years old.
Road Conditions and Safety: Road conditions in Guyana differ significantly from those in the United States. U.S. citizens should exercise caution when driving in Guyana and avoid driving after dark. If an accident occurs, call 911 for the police and 913 for an ambulance. U.S. citizens are reminded that these numbers may not always be operational, that the police may be slow to respond, and an ambulance may not always be available.
For more information about traveling in Guyana, visit the Guyana Tourism Authority website.
Air Travel: Airlines typically operate based on demand and can therefore delay, reroute, or cancel flights without notice. U.S. citizens should carry medication, valuables, and perishables in carryon luggage.
Travel in the Interior: The interior of Guyana is under-policed, emergency services are generally not available, and there is no cellular phone reception in many places. Dirt roads in the interior may be impassable during the rainy season. Travelers visiting the interior should consider bringing their own safety gear, such as life jackets, first aid kits, and communications equipment (e.g., a satellite phone).
Traffic Laws: The use of seatbelts is required by law. There are no laws concerning the use of child car seats. Anyone on a motorcycle must wear a protective helmet. Talking on the cellular telephone while driving without using a hands-free set is illegal.
Public Transportation: U.S. government personnel are prohibited from using mini buses due to several fatal accidents in recent years. While bandits are known to attack taxis, taxis are generally safer to use to get around town and also to or from the airport. U.S. government personnel may use taxis, but are restricted from taking taxis to or from the airport between 11:30 p.m. and dawn. U.S. citizens should use taxis that are connected to major hotels or are painted yellow, which are registered with the Government of Guyana's licensing office.
Private roadside assistance is available through local Guyanese insurance companies. For travel outside of Georgetown, roadside assistance may be delayed or unavailable.
Aviation Safety Oversight: The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority regulates air traffic and safety in Guyana. As no Guyana-registered carriers provide direct commercial air service to the United States, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Guyana’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page and on the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority website.
Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to the Guyana should check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts and consult Guyana‘s Maritime Administration Department. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website, and the NGA broadcast warnings.