As with any other country, be cautious especially while travelling at night in the city.  Foreigners are oftentimes very visible in public and should take precautions when visiting downtown areas.

While the interior is one of the safest places in the world, there is a need for travelers visiting Guyana’s capital city of Georgetown and other major urban areas to exercise caution due to crime. The general crime rate in Guyana is above the U.S. national average and below neighboring countries like Brazil and Columbia.

Whenever deciding to travel abroad, we all take responsibility for our own personal safety. If you decide to travel to Guyana, please:

  • Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs. Visitors are advised to change currency only at legitimate exchanges at hotels or airports and are discouraged from exchanging currency on the street.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. It’s important to be cautious, especially while travelling at night.
  • Travel in groups and in general, avoid walking at night and opt to book cabs from designated service providers
  • Travelling in the interior is best done with the help of tour operators who can make all of the necessary travel arrangements.
  • Avoid travelling around with large amounts of cash, do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry, and do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Travelers are encouraged to make photocopies of IDs and passports.
  • Always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Purchasing travel insurance is recommended.
  • Consume filtered water, which is available throughout the country. You can also use purifying tablets.
  • Cooked food is perfectly okay to eat. Raw food should be thoroughly washed.
  • Review our Travel Tips for a smooth journey to Guyana.
  • Keep a copy of your passport and visa, travel insurance, itinerary and important phone numbers handy for checking in at hotels and lodges or in the case of an emergency.

Guyana Health Advisory

On August 13, 2018, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) concluded that the risk to residents and visitors to the region of acquiring Zika is low. This follows a review by CARPHA of the data of the last 30 months pertinent to the situation prior to August 2018.

The Government of Guyana requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the United States, Canada or any European countries.  Check the CDC website for up-to-date information on other vaccines and medicines you should consider prior to your visit to Guyana and be sure to visit your doctor at least 4-6 weeks before your trip to get the vaccines or medicines you may need.

Contact us About Safety and Security in Guyana

Safety and security are vital to providing a quality visitor experience in any destination.  We at the Guyana Tourism Authority are highly cognizant of the fact that more than any other economic activity, the success or failure of a tourism destination depends on being able to provide a safe and secure environment for visitors.

For updated information on travel safety and security, email or call +592-219-0094.

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