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How To Travel To Guyana

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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.

How To Travel Around Guyana

When people in Guyana talk about buses, they mean minibuses. Minibuses operate throughout Guyana and are the cheapest way to travel. Minibus fares range from GYD 60 to GYD 1,000 depending on the length of the journey. Travelling in this mode at night can be risky.Many parts of Guyana...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Guyana

Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to travel to Guyana: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Luxembourg, Montserrat, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, St Kitts...

Destinations in Guyana

RegionsGuyana Coastal Plain (Georgetown, Bartica, Mabaruma, New Amsterdam)Guiana Highlands (Lethem, Paramakatoi)Berbice-Corentyne (Linden)CitiesGeorgetown - the country's capital, located in Demerara County.BarticaMabarumaNew Amsterdam, the country's second largest cityLethemLinden, a bauxite mining town originally named McKenzie but renamed after the country's first executive chairman, Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham.Parika - located on the...

Weather & Climate in Guyana

Guyana's climate is tropical with hot and humid conditions tempered by northeast trade winds. There are two distinct rainy seasons: May to mid-August and mid-November to mid-January. Flash floods are a constant threat during these rainy seasons.

Accommodation & Hotels in Guyana

Accommodation in Guyana is very good.Georgetown offers by far the greatest choice of options, but there are a number of problems here. None of the 'luxury' options in the capital - particularly the Pegasus and Princess - have the polish or charm to justify the hundreds of US dollars...

Things To See in Guyana

Mashramani. A Native American word meaning "feast after hard work". This event takes place every year on 23 February, when the country celebrates the anniversary of its republic. It is a carnival-like event with float parades and costumed groups. Colourful float parades and costumed groups march through the city....

Money & Shopping in Guyana

Guyana is home to many markets and, more recently, shopping centres. The Stabroek Market is a picturesque market in Georgetown. For tourists, it is best to go to the market in a group or with a local you feel comfortable with. Flights are possible, but infrequent.On the esplanade opposite...

Festivals & Holidays in Guyana

1 JanuaryNew Year's DaySpringYouman Nabi23 FebruaryRepublic Day / MashramaniMarchPhagwahMarch / AprilGood FridayMarch / AprilEaster Sunday5 MayDay of arrival of the Indians26 MayIndependence DayFirst Monday in JulyCARICOM Day1 AugustEmancipation DayOctober / NovemberDiwali25 DecemberChristmas26 or 27 DecemberBoxing Day

Internet & Communications in Guyana

Police +592 226 2487 Emergency call - 911Fire +592 226 2411 Emergency call - 912Emergency service - 913Cheddi Jagan International Airport +592 261 2245Ministry of Foreign Affairs +592 226 1606Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Trade +592 226 2392Guyana Telephone & Telegraph +592 225 1315Licensing and Tax Office +592 223...

Language & Phrasebook in Guyana

The only official language is English (with British spelling) and is spoken by everyone, although most people speak Guyanese Creole as their first language. English is highly accented and can be difficult for foreigners to understand.

Culture Of Guyana

The culture of Guyana is very similar to that of the English-speaking Caribbean. It is historically linked to the English-speaking Caribbean as part of the British Empire when it became a possession in the 19th century. Guyana is a founding member of the Caricom (Caribbean Community) economic bloc and...

History Of Guyana

Nine indigenous tribes live in Guyana: the Wai Wai, Macushi, Patamona, Lokono, Kalina, Wapishana, Pemon, Akawaio and Warao. Historically, the Lokono and Kalina tribes have dominated Guyana. Although Christopher Columbus sighted Guyana on his third voyage (1498), the Dutch were the first to establish settlements there: Essequibo (1616), Berbice...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Guyana

Stay Safe in GuyanaGeorgetown is notorious for its petty street crime. Do not walk alone at night or even during the day unless you know the area well. Areas such as Tiger Bay, east of Main Street, and the entire south-eastern part of the city, including Albouystown and Ruimveldt,...



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