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Exercise a high degree of caution in Guyana due to high levels of crime.
Exercise a high degree of caution in Guyana due to high levels of crime.
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Violent crime resulting in serious injury or death is a problem, particularly in Georgetown. Incidents include:
Armed robberies and assaults can occur in:
Law enforcement is generally cooperative but can't respond effectively to serious crimes.
Hotspots for crime include:
To protect yourself from crime:
Avoid travelling or walking alone.
Security risks increase after dark. Be careful:
Muggings and shootings have occurred in these areas.
To protect yourself in case of an emergency, if you stay at a hotel in Georgetown:
You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you’re connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or to Bluetooth.
Social media can also be risky in destinations where there are social or political tensions, or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media.
Avoid protests and large public gatherings. These can turn violent.
Monitor the media for news on possible civil unrest. Avoid crowds and demonstrations.
Terrorism is a threat worldwide.
Guyana has 2 rainy seasons:
Serious flooding can occur, particularly in low-lying coastal areas. River levels can rise very quickly. Roads may not be safe.
If severe weather occurs:
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave.
Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.
If you're not insured, you may have to pay many thousands of dollars up-front for medical care.
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
If you have immediate concerns for your welfare or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.
Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.
If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Guyana. Take enough legal medicine for your trip.
Carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:
Check if you need DFAT to certify your medical documents.
Don't bring medicine without these documents. If you do, you risk refusal of entry or prosecution.
Insect-borne diseases are also widespread. These include:
Risk of these diseases increases during the wet seasons
To protect yourself from disease:
Other health risks
HIV/AIDS is common. Take precautions before you do anything that exposes you to the risk of infection.
Waterborne, foodborne and other infectious diseases are common. These include:
More severe outbreaks sometimes occur.
To protect yourself from illness:
If you're bitten or scratched by an animal, get medical help straight away.
Seek urgent medical help if you have a fever or diarrhoea.
Medical facilities in Guyana are very limited. They lack trained specialists and medical equipment. Hygiene standards are poor.
If you become seriously ill or injured, you'll be evacuated to a place with better facilities, such as the US. Medical evacuation can be very expensive.
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.
If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include long prison sentences in local jails.
Prison conditions are harsh. Pre-trial detention can last for years.
Guyana doesn't recognise same-sex marriage.
You'll have no legal protection from discrimination based on:
Same-sex relationships are illegal. If convicted, you'll face up to 10 years in prison.
Serious crime, such as murder, may attract the death penalty.
Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you’re overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
Australians visiting Guyana don't require a visa to enter.
Visitors are generally given 30 days to remain in Guyana, and extensions can be requested from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Georgetown. The Guyanese authorities are very severe on visitors who overstay or abuse the conditions of their stay.
Entry and exit conditions change regularly. Contact the High Commission of Guyana for details about visa, currency, customs and quarantine rules.
Departure tax is incorporated into your ticket, so you are no longer required to make this payment at the airport.
Yellow fever vaccination
You'll need a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate to enter Guyana. Some airlines may want to see one when you leave.
Find out about returning to Australia after exposure to yellow fever.
Travel via the United States
If you travel through the US, you must meet US entry or transit requirements.
Check our US travel advice for entry conditions.
Travel via Canada
If you transit or travel via Canada by air, you'll need a Canadian eTA (electronic Travel Authorisation).
Check our Canada travel advice for entry conditions.
Some countries won’t let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you’re just transiting or stopping over.
Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.
You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.
The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport’s expiry date before you travel. If you’re not sure it’ll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport.
Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.
Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.
If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:
Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can’t guarantee that a passport showing 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Contact the nearest embassy, high commission or consulate of your destination before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers.
The Guyanese dollar is the official currency of Guyana.
Declare money you're carrying if it's more than US$10,000, or equivalent. Do this on arrival and departure. This covers all forms of currency, not only cash.
The interior regions of Guyana can be dangerous. Hazards include:
Take safety gear if travelling to interior regions. This may include:
Border disputes take place along:
If you need to cross the Guyana border:
You're more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident in Guyana than in Australia.
Driving in Guyana can be dangerous. Hazards include:
Pedestrians are often killed on roads.
Crime increases at night on the road from Georgetown to Cheddi Jagan International Airport. This includes armed robbery.
If you plan to drive in Guyana:
Taxis are generally safe if you use a reputable company.
Ask airport and hotel staff about official taxi services.
Don't hail taxis from the roadside. Robberies and assaults have occurred.
Buses are often overcrowded and poorly maintained.
Avoid using minibuses. They:
It's illegal to use an independent boater to enter Suriname. You may be fined, detained or deported.
Piracy occurs on Guyana's coastal waters.
To protect yourself while travelling by sea:
DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
Check Guyana's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.
Depending on what you need, contact your:
Always get a police report when you report a crime.
Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
Contact your provider with any complaints about tourist services or products.
Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
Australia doesn't have an embassy or consulate in Guyana. Consular assistance is available from the Australian High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago.
18 Herbert Street, St. Clair
Port of Spain,
Trinidad and Tobago
Phone: +1 868 235 7950
Check the High Commission website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.
In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:
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