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Guyana Travel Information

The Basics

Time

-4 GMT

Electricity

240 volts, 60Hz. American two-pin plugs are generally used.

Language

English is the official language in Guyana, but the vast majority of the population speaks Guyanese Creole.

Travel Health

There are no vaccination requirements for Guyana, but those who plan to travel in areas outside the main cities should consider vaccinations for yellow fever, hepatitis A, and typhoid. Some airlines travelling to Guyana will insist on a yellow fever certificate before boarding the plane, and travellers are advised to check with their airline before travel. There is a risk of malaria, particularly in jungle areas, but prophylaxis is not necessary for travel to all areas. Medical advice should be sought at least three weeks prior to departure. Insect protection measures are vital to avoid both malaria and dengue fever, which is on the increase. Tap water should not be drunk, but bottled drinking water is available. Public hospitals suffer from a shortage of basic supplies, as do private hospitals and clinics. Health insurance is essential.

Local Customs

Guyanese society is generally quite laid-back and accepting, and western travellers should not be unduly worried about 'clashing' with the social mores and customs that they will find in Guyana. Note that the Guyanese favour a frank, direct communication style, and that public displays of affection or anger are common. Note also that in Guyana, it is actually considered rude not to use your car's hooter when passing another vehicle, travelling through an intersection, or driving past pedestrians.

Duty Free

Travellers to Guyana over the age of 16 may import up to 200 cigarettes/50 cigars/225g of tobacco, 750ml of wine, 750ml of spirits, computers, and an amount of perfume reasonable for personal use.

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