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We haven't changed our level of advice:
Exercise a high degree of caution in Guyana.
Violent crime such as armed robberies, kidnapping, shootings and carjackings are a risk. These can result in injury or death. Risks increase after dark. Take care around crime hotspots.
Hotels may not meet fire safety standards. Know your hotel's evacuation plans and talk to hotel staff.
Rainy seasons can cause flooding, particularly in coastal areas. Roads may not be safe. Follow the advice of local authorities.
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Malaria is a risk at all times of year. Risk of other insect-borne diseases increases in the rainy seasons. Make sure your accommodation is insect-proof. Use insect repellent.
HIV/AIDS is common. Take precautions to protect yourself from the risk of infection.
Waterborne, foodborne and other infectious diseases are common. This includes typhoid, hepatitis, leptospirosis, rabies. Boil drinking water or drink bottled water. Avoid undercooked food.
Medical facilities have poor hygiene standards, lack equipment and trained staff. You may need to seek treatment outside Guyana.
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Drug offences can lead to long prison terms in local jails. Conditions are harsh, and pre-trial detention can last for years.
Guyana doesn't recognise same-sex marriage. Same-sex relationships are illegal. You will have no legal protection from discrimination.
Serious crimes, such as murder, can attract the death penalty.
Guyana recognises dual nationality.
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You'll need a yellow fever vaccination certificate. You have to present one when you arrive in Guyana, if you're travelling from a country where yellow fever is widespread. Some airlines require one before you can board flights out of Guyana.
Border disputes take place on the Suriname–Guyana and Venezuela–Guyana borders. Only use official crossing points.
Road travel can be dangerous, due to aggressive drivers and poor quality roads and cars. Crime increases at night, especially between Georgetown and the international airport. Avoid travelling at night.
Don't use minibuses. They are involved in most road accidents, including fatal ones.
Piracy occurs along Guyana's coast. Don't use a water taxi to travel to another country.
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The Consular Services Charter tells you what the Australian Government can and can't do to help when you're overseas.
The Australian Consulate in Georgetown can offer limited consular help to Australians in Guyana.
You can also access consular help from the Australian High Commission in the Port of Spain.
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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 crime.
Hotspots for crime include:
the Stabroek Market, South Georgetown, the Botanical Gardens and the Tiger Bay areas of Georgetown
East Coast Demerara, particularly near the villages of Buxton, Lusignan Friendship and Annadale
the East Bank Demerara region
Essequibo River tourist resorts
To protect yourself from crime:
use an established tour group
avoid Georgetown sea wall after dark
use caution when opening your hotel room door
Avoid travelling or walking alone.
Security risks increase after dark. Be careful:
on the road from the Cheddi Jagan Airport to Georgetown
on the Timerhi-Linden Highway
in East Coast Demerara region
in the East Bank Demerara region
Muggings and shootings have occurred in these areas.
On 5 August 2018, a fire broke out at the Guyana Pegasus Hotel. Fire alarms didn’t go off and some exits were padlocked.
To protect yourself in case of an emergency, if you stay at a hotel in Georgetown:
find the hotel emergency procedures
know your evacuation route
speak to hotel staff
Public protests and events that draw large groups of people can turn violent.
Monitor the media for news on possible civil unrest. Avoid demonstrations and protests.
Terrorism is a threat worldwide.
Guyana has 2 rainy seasons:
May to August
November to January
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:
follow the advice of local authorities
monitor local media and other sources
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 1000s of dollars up-front for medical care.
what activities and care your policy covers
that your insurance covers you for the whole time you’ll be away
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
have a basic health check-up
ask if your travel plans may affect your health
plan any vaccinations you need
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
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:
what the medicine is
how much you'll take
that it's for personal use
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.
Malaria is a risk in Guyana all year round.
Other insect-borne diseases are also widespread. These include:
Risk of these diseases increases during the wet seasons
May to August
November to January
To protect yourself from disease:
make sure your accommodation is insect-proof
use insect repellent
wear long, loose, light-coloured clothing
consider taking medicine to prevent malaria
get vaccinated for yellow fever before you travel
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 serious outbreaks sometimes occur.
To protect yourself from illness:
drink boiled water or bottled water with sealed lids
avoid ice cubes
avoid raw and undercooked food, such as salads
avoid contact with dogs and other mammals
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.
Entry and exit conditions change regularly. Contact the High Commission of Guyana for details about visa, currency, customs and quarantine rules.
You must pay a departure tax. The amount varies at each international airport.
Payments must be in cash, in local currency.
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.
If you travel through the US, you must meet US entry or transit requirements.
Check our US travel advice for entry conditions.
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:
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.
Interior regions of Guyana can be dangerous. Hazards include:
dense jungle or savannah
poor access to services, including emergency services
unreliable mobile phone reception
Take safety gear if travelling to interior regions. This may include:
first aid kits
a satellite phone
Border disputes take place along the:
Suriname to Guyana border
Venezuela to Guyana border
If you need to cross the Guyana border:
only use official border crossing points between countries
take scheduled ferry services at official river crossings
You're 3 times more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident in Guyana than Australia.
Driving in Guyana can be dangerous. Hazards include:
poorly maintained roads and vehicles
inadequate street lighting
flooding on roads
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:
book flights that arrive or depart during the day
keep doors locked and windows up, even when driving
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:
are involved in most road accidents, including fatal ones
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:
avoid using water taxis to travel to other countries
get an entry stamp in your passport if you travel into another country
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:
family and friends
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.
Consular assistance us available from the Australian High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago.
18 Herbert Street, St. Clair
Port of Spain,
Trinidad and Tobago
Phone: +1 868 822 5450
Fax: +1 868 822 5490
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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:
+61 2 6261 3305 from overseas
1300 555 135 in Australia
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