Guyana Travel Vaccines and Advice
Guyana proves a challenge for adventurous travellers. Situated between Venezuela, Brazil, the Atlantic Ocean and Suriname, the country is almost invisible on the map but stuns you with its wild and thrilling landscapes. Enjoy isolated waterfalls such as the Kaieteur found deep in the Amazon, which is a pleasure to share as a group of friends. The Canister falls on the Essequibo River makes for another beautiful visit. Hiking enthusiasts will enjoy the Iwokrama forest where it possible to camp, or perhaps a visit to the Rupununi savannah. These places offer an array of wildlife such as jaguars, black caimans, anaconda, parakeets or storks. The coastline of Guyana, particularly Shell Beach, is best experienced in April and offers a chance to swim or relax.
Recommended Medication for Travelling to Guyana
|Acetazolamide or Dexamethasone||Recommended for prevention of acute mountain sickness|
|Ciprofloxacin, Azithromycin or Suprax||Antibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea|
|Malarone, Doxycycline or Mefloquine||Recommended anti-malaria medication|
Current Weather in Guyana
Medical Care in Guyana
The quality of health care in Guyana is far from European quality standards, largely due to limited treatment and unqualified doctors. St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital is recommended, as it provides basic care in good sanitary conditions. Davis Memorial Hospital & Clinic is another option.
Pharmaceutical products are not satisfactory in Guyana, and it is therefore advised to bring basic medications and a first aid kit if visiting.
It is worth noting that many ambulance drivers only provide transportation and not medical care, but nonetheless, they can be accessed by dialling 913.
Is Guyana Safe for Travel?
|Safety and Security||Descriptive|
|Crime||High risk; Click the link below for precautions|
|Demonstrations||Risk of violence; Avoid large gatherings|
|Road safety||Poor road conditions; Opt for a convoy if possible|
|Public transportation||Avoid public minibuses; Do not use water taxis|
|Ecotourism||Click the link below for precautions|
|Women’s safety||Risk present|
|Health||Zika virus warning|
|Risk level||High degree of caution|
Do I Need a Visa to Visit Guyana?
Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.
Only a passport is required to enter Guyana for trips under 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure.
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Embassy of Canada to Guyana information
When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:
- A legal problem
- A lost passport
- The need to report a crime
It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.
Canadian High Commission to Guyana (GEORGETOWN)
High and Young Streets,
Tel.: (592) 227-2081 or (592) 227-2082 or (592) 227-2083 or (592) 227-2084 or (592) 227-2085
Fax: (592) 225-8380