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NOTES FOR TRAVELLERS
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Guyana – Getting Here

Passports and Visas

Visas are NOT issued on arrival. As of early 2014, a visa is not required for visitors from: USA, Canada, Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Norway, Finland, Switzerland, Sweden and Austria, Australia, New Zealand,Japan, DPRK, Republic of Korea, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Visitors from other countries must follow the procedures proscribed by the Government of Guyana outlined on this page prior to arrival.

Refer to the Guyana’s official consular website for the latest and most authoritative information on entry requirements.

All travellers to Guyana must possess a valid passport containing three blank pages – front and back – for each country on the itinerary, with an expiration date at least six months beyond the date of departure. Visitors may be required to provide the address of their Georgetown hotel upon arrival.

Travellers with complex multi-country itineraries may wish to engage the professional assistance of a visa service to ensure all technical requirements have been fully met in advance of travel. Note that visa requirements for neighboring countries (Venezuela, Brazil, and Suriname) are considerably stricter than those of Guyana.

Travel Advisories

Security advisories are published and maintained by various governments to help establish a risk profile for destinations around the world. These advisories consider transportation facilities, crime, legal infrastructure, and evacuation resources. Seasoned travelers understand that these advisories are heavily influenced by political factors and may not realistically portray the actual complexities of the security situation on the ground at any given time. They are worth reviewing… and taking with a grain of salt. Wilderness Explorers encourages travellers to regard these bulletins and resources as one of many available perspectives on current travel conditions.

Travellers’ Insurance

Given the remote nature of this destination and the high expenses associated with a remote-area medical evacuation, travel insurance is strongly recommended for all travelers. In particular, insurance for medical evacuation is indicated. If you think your primary medical insurance includes evacuation coverage, take a moment to verify your plan’s benefits directly with the insurance carrier… many are surprised to learn what is and is NOT covered.

Travellers’ Resources

Guyana Embassy – USA
Guyana High Commission – UK
Guyana’s Diplomatic and Consular Missions

Visa Processing Companies – US

International Carriers & Routes

Getting to Guyana on name-brand international carriers is relatively simple from North America and Europe. Wilderness Explorers offers a full-service air booking facility with unmatched experience arranging long-and short- haul bookings. Let us know how we can help.

  • Caribbean Airlines (BWI) is Guyana’s flagship carrier and operates flights between Toronto (YYZ), New York (JFK), Miami (MIA) or London Heathrow (LHW) and Georgetown (GEO) via Port of Spain (POS) Trinidad. Caribbean makes it relatively simple to fly in to Georgetown and fly home from Paramaribo, enabling you to add a few days in Suriname to your Guyana journey.
  • Surinam Airways (SLM) offers A340 service between Amsterdam (AMS) and Paramaribo, and also operates flights to Aruba (AUA), Curaçao (CUR), Georgetown and Miami (MIA). Beginning July 2015, SLM will fly between Sanford International Airport in Orlando, Florida and Georgetown, Guyana.
  • LIAT Airlines (LI) offers service between Georgetown from Barbados (BGI). Some LIAT flights now operate out of Ogle Airport in the heart of Georgetown, greatly reducing ground transfer times.
  • FlyJamaica inaugurated 757 service between Georgetown and Toronto, Kingston, and New  York JFK in 2013.
  • Copa Airlines of Panama – a Star Alliance airline – has announced plans to fly into Georgetown beginning in July 2014.

The last few years has seen several promising low-cost carriers come and go with surprising speed (RedJet, EZJet, others) leaving hundreds or thousands of unhappy passengers in their wake. We strongly recommend booking only with well-established airlines.

Airports

Most overseas flights call at Cheddi Jagan International Airport (IATA: GEO, ICAO: SYCJ) located about 1 hour’s drive outside the capital of Georgetown.

Most regional and domestic flights operate out of Ogle International Airport (IATA: OGL, ICAO: SYGO) in the centre of town. Daily service to Paramaribo, Suriname also operates out of Ogle. LIAT has begun operating some of their flights from Barbados through Ogle, greatly reducing  ground transfer times to get to the airport.

Baggage

The baggage allowance on your international flight will be much greater than what you can carry once you arrive here since we rely on light aircraft, canoes, and 4WD vehicles for most of our journeys. Pack light! In a pinch, you may leave a few small items at our office, if necessary, to be collected upon departure.

Even though you may normally prefer wheeley-style suitcases, logistics in this part of the world are better suited to soft-sided luggage or duffle bags. They’re easier to stow on small air and water craft, and permit you to stuff one inside the other for extra storage should you need it. Tip: bring plenty of dry-bags to secure your electronics and delicate items: you and your bags will get wet.

Domestic Flights

Our flights into the jungle employ reliable and safe – but small – single- and twin-engine craft such as the Cessna C206 (5-passenger), Britten-Norman Islander BN2 (8 passenger) or Cessna Caravan C208 (12-passenger) aircraft.

In Guyana, the weight limit for all of your belongings is strictly limited to 20 pounds (9kg) on scheduled internal flights. When travelling by small plane, you will be asked to stand on a scale with your bags and all accessories before being allowed to board the aircraft. There are no exceptions. Some flights may permit excess weight for a fee of approximately $0.75/lb, however this may not always be an option due to strict payload limits. If you are concerned about your total body/luggage weight, contact us immediately so that an extra weight allowance may be reserved for you. For planning reasons, you will be asked to supply your body and luggage weight prior to travel.

Charter Flights

Those wishing for more flexibility in their travel may charter a plane for their journey. In many circumstances, this turns out to be both economical and highly practical: A charter is an especially good way to visit Kaieteur Falls enroute to or from the Rupununi since you can extend your ground time and avoid re-tracing some travel distances. Most charter flights operate out of Ogle. Baggage limits for passengers on chartered aircraft may be different than limits for scheduled-service flights.

Private jets and helicopters may be available for VIP charter arrangements: contact our staff for details.

Airline Security

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is responsible for security screening operations at all U.S. airports. Because their rules change with some frequency, you are strongly advised to review current rules and restrictions at www.tsa.gov or by calling 866-289-9673. The European Aviation Safety Agency publishes security guidelines for European travellers.

If your return journey takes you through a US airport, be prepared to pass through security checkpoints at connecting airports  which may enforce TSA and FAA restrictions on liquids, batteries, and sharp objects in your checked and carry on baggage. You may be screened even if you are only transiting through an airport (this is a frequent issue when connecting through Port of Spain, Trinidad). Note that you can buy liquids at the Duty-Free shops in Georgetown but if your homeward flight makes a connection, those liquids will not be permitted in carry-on baggage for the connecting flight.

Caribbean Airlines flights that stop in Port of Spain enroute to the United States are obligated to deplane all passengers for an additional security check, even if the same aircraft continues on to Miami or New York.

You will pass through a security screening at Ogle Airport prior to your domestic flight into central Guyana; however, there are no screening checkpoints at airstrips in the savannas and rain forests!

Arrivals

Your arrival at Cheddi Jagan International Airport is unlikely to be lengthy or eventful. After completing arrival formalities, exit the building and look for a Wilderness Explorers representative holding a sign with your name on it.

The floorplan is simple and the scene is relaxed, and you will encounter few hassles or aggressive touts when exiting. Luggage carts may not be taken beyond the final Customs Counter, but red-shirted porters will be on hand to assist you (for a small fee) if you need help exiting the terminal. If you are asked for a local address on your arrival card, simply enter  CARA LODGE,  294 QUAMINA STREET, GEORGETOWN, +592-225-5301

Transfer to the Hotel

Cheddi Jagan International Airport is inconveniently located 60-70 minutes upriver from Georgetown. Upon arrival, our driver will take you directly to the hotel so you can freshen up and rest.

Domestic flights use the centrally-located Ogle airstrip, so you probably won’t have to make this drive again until you fly home.

Film Crews and Journalists

If you intend to take pictures and videos for your own personal use, no special permission is required to enter the country. Given the country’s amazing bird- and wildlife, Guyanese Customs officials are accustomed to seeing large scopes, telephoto lenses, and semi-pro camera gear. However, an exceptionally large video kit or identifiable professional recording equipment may invite undesired scrutiny upon arrival.

Wilderness Explorers can assist in the acquisition of necessary permits and press credentials required by professional media crews visiting Guyana. Ample advance planning is essential not only to navigate governmental bureaucracies but also to acquire necessary permissions from Amerindian village councils and leadership whose cooperation may be required. Print journalists may not require special credentialing or permission, but it is safest to discuss your plans with one of our travel planners well before your visit so any and all necessary hurdles can be anticipated well in advance.

We have worked with film and TV crews and reporting teams from National Geographic, BBC, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, CNN, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Guardian UK, the London Sunday Times, and many others… no one else in Guyana has as much experience managing the requirements of media professionals.

Read through our Media page for examples of press that has resulted from our collaborations.

Departure Tax

A departure tax of $4000 GYD (approximately $20 USD) will be charged at the airline check-in counter when departing Guyana. You can pay in GBP, USD, or Guyanese dollars. Obtain your boarding pass FIRST, then proceed to the Departure Tax kiosk. Click here to verify the latest departure tax schedule directly with the Government of Guyana or use the CHAT tool at the bottom of this page to speak with one of our trip planners in Georgetown.