Saturday, September 18, 2021

How To Travel To Guyana

South AmericaGuyanaHow To Travel To Guyana

By air

Cheddi Jagan International Airport

(IATA: GEO) Originally called Timehri International Airport (Timehri means “rock painting”), it was renamed in honour of the displaced indigenous peoples of Guyana. Daily international flights depart and arrive at Cheddi Jagan International Airport, located approximately 40 km south of Georgetown. International flights include flights to Canada, the Caribbean, the UK and the US on Caribbean Airlines (formerly BWIA). Caribbean Airlines is a government-owned airline operated by Trinidad & Tobago. Flights to the Caribbean with Caribbean Star and LIAT. North American Airlines and Xtra Airways, non-stop flights, on the New York-Guyana route. Primaris Airlines, non-stop, serves Guyana from JFK-New York and FLL-Florida, as well as Fly Jamaica Airways, which serves Kingston NMIA and JFK.

Ogle Aerodome

(IATA: OGL) A small airfield located slightly closer to Georgetown (~6 mi) and used by a few private charter companies, mainly for domestic/local flights. The following companies offer some daily flights to/from Zorg-en-Hoop airfield in Paramaribo:

By car

Guyana has road access to Suriname to the east and Brazil to the south. In Suriname, ask in Paramaribo about minibuses to Guyana. Note that it is illegal to enter Guyana by water from Nieuw Nickerie in Suriname, even if no one can stop you. In the worst case, you will be sent back or have to pay for a visa. If you travel from Nieuw-Nickerie to Paramaribo by land, you will most likely encounter a military police checkpoint near Totness, but they are looking for arms and drug dealers, not tourists. Show your ID card or a valid driving licence and they won’t even ask for your passport to check you have the right visa stamps. They don’t seem to mind if you enter the country as long as you don’t cause problems and spend your money in their country.

There are no road links between Venezuela and Guyana. Travel to Venezuela is by air via Trinidad (Caribbean Airlines) or by land via the state of Roraima in Brazil.

By bus

In Suriname, minibuses run from Paramaribo to South Drain, in western Suriname, just across the river from Guyana. The journey takes at least 3 hours and costs about US$15. From there you go through customs on the Surinamese side. Then take the daily 11-hour ferry across the river to South Drain. The ferry ride takes about 30 minutes, but it will take you longer to clear customs on the Guyanese side.

The bus journey from Lethem, on the Brazilian border, to Georgetown takes about 10 hours and passes through the rainforest and southern savannah. During the rainy season, the journey can take much longer. Sections of the road are known to become impassable during heavy rains and extreme caution is recommended.

Check with the Interserv bus office on Charlotte Street in downtown Georgetown for buses to Brazil. Buses tend to run very late at night and it is recommended that you take a taxi to the bus station, as the area is not safe at night. For buses from Brazil, go to Bonfim at the border and cross on foot. Find a minibus or taxi that will take you to downtown Lethem and ask about buses to Georgetown.