Last updated: 20 Sep 2021

Guyana

About

Guyana's attractions range from the 19th-century stilted wooden houses of its capital, Georgetown, to the awesome natural splendour of the towering Kaieteur Falls along the Potaro River, five times the height of Niagara.

The Botanical Gardens and Zoo, covering 120 acres , have a fine collection of palms, orchids and lotus lilies; There are numerous beaches in Guyana; these include Almond Beach, Shell Beach, No 63 Beach and Saxacalli Beach. There are rainforests in Iwokrama with a Canopy Walkway and the Pakaraima mountains.

The rivers and the interior abound in game fish, the best known of which is the man-eating piranha (locally called perai). Camping treks, hiking and white-water rafting have become increasingly popular over recent years. Horse riding is available at Manari Ranch in the Rupununi Savannahs.
Official Name: Co-operative Republic of Guyana
Capital:  Georgetown (GEO)
Currency:  Guyanese Dollar (GYD). USD is widely accepted. 
Language:  English. Creole is widely spoken. 
Dialling code from SA:  + 592
Time Zones: UTC / GMT -4 (6 hours behind South Africa)
Public Holidays 2021: 

Jan 1; Feb 23; Mar 29; Apr 2, 5; May 1, 4, 26; Jul 5, 20; Aug 1, 2; Oct 19; Nov 4; Dec 25-27

Side of the Road: Left. A drivers permit is required. This is issued by the Inland Revenue Department- License Revenue Division located on Smyth & Princess Streets in Georgetown. The permit is valid for 30-days. Ensure that you take a valid driver's license or an international driver's license when applying.
Best time to go:  February – April and October – December. 
Best for:  Ecotourism
Plugs:  110 volts AC in Georgetown and 220 volts AC elsewhere, 60Hz. American-style (two flat pins with or without grounding pin) and British-style plugs (three square pins) are used.
Drinking Water: Although mains water is chlorinated and safe to drink, it is recommended to drink bottled water. 
Health: Medical facilities are very limited. It is advisable to carry basic medical supplies.  Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage. If you require any medication on your travels it is best to bring it with you, in the original packaging, with a signed and dated letter from your doctor detailing exactly what it is and why you need it.
Travel Tips / Warnings:  Most ATM’s in the main cities accept foreign cards and credit cards are largely accepted.
Duty Free: The following goods can be imported into Guyana by travellers aged 18 years or over without incurring customs duty:
• 227g of tobacco (including cigarettes and cigars)
• 758ml of spirits
• 758ml of wine
• Other goods to the value of US$100

Travel Alerts

Last updated: 16/09/2021

Guyana is open for travel with a few health measures in place.

Test requirements

  • Passengers aged 2 years and older must hold a negative RT-PCR test certificate bearing their name from an accredited laboratory obtained within 7 days prior to arrival. Rapid Test, antibody, or antigen tests are not accepted for travel.

Vaccine requirements

  • Passengers must hold of proof that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Quarantine and testing on arrival

  • Passengers aged 13 years and older who hold a test obtained within 72 hours prior to arrival will not be tested on arrival.
  • Passengers who hold a test obtained within 7 to 4 days prior to arrival will be tested on arrival at their own expense and must quarantine for 6 to 8 hours until a result is received. If a positive result is received, the passenger must quarantine in a suitable facility.
  • All passengers will be subject to a medical screening on arrival.

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Issuing Authorities

High Commission of the Republic of Guyana
Suite H, 3rd Floor, Grosvenor Place
235 Grosvenor street
PO Box 12238
Hatfield, 0081
Pretoria
Tel: (012) 941 1694.
Office Hours: Mon – Fri 0930-1330
E-mail: consularservices@@hcguyana.co.za   
Web: www.minfor.gov.gy

Visa Requirements

Visas are not required by South African passport holders for tourism or business purposes for a stay of up to 30 days. 

On arrival  in Guyana, the following must be produced :
1. Valid passport, minimum 6 months, with at least one blank page.
2. Evidence of sufficient funds for duration of stay.
3.Address and telephone numbers in Guyana where staying.
4. If travelling on business, letter of invitation from the company in Guyana.
5. Tourism: Letter of invitation from sponsor in Guyana

 

SA Representative

Representation accredited from Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.

Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A & B, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio
  Malaria Risk