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Stay Safe & Healthy in Guyana

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Stay Safe in Guyana

Georgetown 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, are traditionally high-crime areas, but you can be relatively safe in groups and with local escorts. The police are unlikely to help you unless they see crime in action. Be careful when wearing jewellery. Use common sense in your approach.

Inland areas with stunning waterfalls, beautiful rainforests and mountains are safe. Many rural areas of the country are filled with a friendly atmosphere and are safe. Crime rarely targets tourists, so don’t feel intimidated. Just be sensible about who you see, where you go and how you behave.

Sodomy’ carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. A local NGO reported that there were some prosecutions, but neither the NGO nor the courts could provide figures. Police are reported to use the law more frequently to intimidate suspected same-sex male partners. There is no law dealing with sexual activity between women of the same sex. The Minister of Health stated in a speech to a regional HIV/AIDS conference that he “must be guided by the reality of public health”, that “sexual relations between consenting adults in private fall into the category of personal freedom” and that the law “conflicts with this expression of personal freedom”. Following the 2009 incident in which a judge fined several transgender persons G$7,500, a non-governmental organisation and four of the transgender persons filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court challenging the law criminalising cross-dressing; the case was still pending at year’s end.

The SASOD organisation organises events to promote the fight against homophobia. There is no local gay ‘scene’, as most homosexuals keep to themselves. There are known private meetings to which one must be invited. Public displays of affection between homosexuals are frowned upon and can make a person the target of discrimination, attacks and open mockery.

Discussions on current issues of ethnic relations between the two major races, politics and socio-economic issues in the country should be conducted with great tact and patience. Be aware that this type of discourse can sometimes lead to very heated and intense debates, or even to something much worse. Guyanese are generally very open to discussion on most issues, but as a foreigner you may be seen as part of the problem, so keep your mouth shut.

Stay Healthy in Guyana

Do not drink tap water unless you plan to spend a large part of your holiday in the toilet. Bottled water is readily available in a variety of brands.

Before travelling to French Guiana, you should obtain anti-malarial medication from your doctor, as malaria is rife in most of the country.

Yellow fever is endemic in this region; monkeys are the reservoir, but you can also catch it in the cities. Make sure you get vaccinated before you leave and take mosquito repellent with you. Also watch out for malaria and dengue fever in the interior.

Although it is not mandatory, it is recommended that travellers get vaccinated against typhoid fever within 2-4 weeks of arrival in Guyana.

The largest hospital in the country is the Georgetown Public Hospital, located in the capital. The facilities here are basic, although it is a tertiary referral centre. Sharps disposal (needles, etc.) is improving, but needs to be improved in view of the increasing prevalence of AIDS/HIV in the country, which is currently 2.5% of adults, or 1 in 40. Also practice safe sex.

It is best to use the private facilities at St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital, near the US Embassy, or the Medical Arts Centre on Thomas Street. These facilities, while not first class, are far superior to the GPH, have basic hygiene standards and the rooms are not overcrowded. There are also other private hospitals

For the latest travel health information for Guyana, including tips and recommendations, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Guyanawebsite.

How 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...

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

Regions Guyana Coastal Plain (Georgetown, Bartica, Mabaruma, New Amsterdam)Guiana Highlands (Lethem, Paramakatoi)Berbice-Corentyne (Linden) Cities Georgetown - 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....

Food & Drinks in Guyana

Food in Guyana Guyanese cuisine, like the country as a whole, is a Creole fusion. If there is a dominant cuisine, it is the dishes influenced by the Indian subcontinent that have been localised. The best known are curries, including chicken, pork, beef, pumpkin and aubergine. The larger roti shops and...

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...

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