Q: Do I need a passport or visa to enter Guyana?
A: All visitors require a valid passport. Those arriving by plane are required to have an onward plane ticket. Visas are necessary for all visitors except nationals of the following countries: 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 their travel agent.
Q: What's the climate like? What clothes should I take?
A: Guyana's climate is equatorial: hot but pleasant for most of the year, with a mean shade temperature of 27°C (81°F) and an average temperature range of 24°C to 31°C (75°F to 87°F). The heat is tempered by the sea breezes on the coast. An umbrella is useful during the two wet seasons, extending roughly from May through July, and from December to the end of January. Rainfall is 2,300mm a year in Georgetown.
Lightweight, casual clothing can be worn throughout the year.
Q: Can I use my credit cards/ATM cards in Guyana?
A: Most hotels, major restaurants, car rental agencies and tour operators accept major credit cards and travelers cheques. Foreign credit cards can now be used at ATM machines in Guyana at the Scotia Bank. The interior is largely a cash economy.
Q: What's the exchange rate? Where can I exchange my money?
A: The Guyana Dollar has a fluctuating exchange rate of G$200 to US$1; G$360 to £1 pounds sterling; G$260 to €1 euro; and G$120 to $1 Canadian. Cambios are licensed currency exchange houses. Most Cambios are open weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm and on Saturdays from 8 am to 2 pm. It is important that you keep your Cambio receipts, as you will need to produce them to change Guyanese dollars on departure.
Q: What is the voltage in Guyana?
A: 110v in Georgetown, 220v in most other places, including parts of suburban Georgetown.
Q: What is the official language of Guyana?
A: The official language of Guyana is English, the only English speaking country of South America.
Q: What does ' Guyana' mean?
A: The name Guyana comes from the Arawak Dialect [Indigenous Tribe] meaning Land of Many Waters.
Q: What festivals are held in Guyana each year?
A: In Guyana we celebrate many festivals throughout the year. These festivals include the Rockstone Fish Festival, Phagwa - Spring Festival, Diwali – Festival of Lights, Mashramani – Cultural Festival, Wild Life Festival and Christmas Celebrations. Please see calendar of events for more details.
Q: What documents will I need when I arrive at the airport?
A: From the moment that you arrive in Guyanas our airport staff are sure to make you feel welcome. Always have available for examination a passport and a valid return ticket. If you were require to get a visa, please ensure you have one that is valid. In addition be sure to have ready your completed customs declaration form when clearing immigration.
Q: Where can I get more information once I arrive at the airport?
A: Should you have any queries upon reaching Guyana, about anything at all, feel free to contact the visitor information booth which is located in the Immigration area of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. There you will also find information on accommodation, attractions and lots more.
Q: Are there any fees or taxes I will have to pay when I leave?
A: All persons departing from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport must pay departure tax of Guyana $4000 or US $20. This money is payable when checking out.
Q: What sort of items are considered 'personal effects' by Guyana Customs?
A: Under the customs regulation of Guyana, personal effects are passengers’ baggage containing apparel and articles for personal use which a traveler may reasonably require during his vacation, for example clothing, cosmetics and accessories.