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.
Foreigners are oftentimes very visible in public and should take precautions when visiting downtown areas. 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 traveling insurance is recommended.
Review our Travel Tips for a smooth journey to Guyana.
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.
On January 17, 2019, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) issued a press release urging the region to prepare for the possibility of a severe outbreak of dengue fever. This comes as Jamaica recently experienced an outbreak. The Ministry of Heath of Guyana – Vector Control Unit is currently in the process of verifying same. It should be noted that no case has been recorded in Guyana as of date. ‘
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call +592-219-0094.
Healthier, safer tourism in Guyana
The Ministry of Public Health and Department of Tourism in Guyana, as well as the Guyana Tourism Authority are partnering with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) to implement a joint Tourism and Health program (THP) to improve the health, safety, and quality of our tourism product, and the health and wellbeing of our visitors and locals. We care about your health and want to ensure that in addition to enjoying our lovely country, that you are also healthy and safe during your visit to Guyana.
This novel, innovative program is addressing the health safety and environmental threats that impact on Caribbean to tourism through real time early alert and response system to tourism health and safety threats., food and environment safety training, hospitality standards and globally recognised certification and branding. You can read more here.
Participating facilities will be branded and accredited by CARPHA, CTO, CHTA as a preferred healthier, safer facility, allowing for a marketing and branding competitive advantage
- Accommodations are encouraged to register now here to be eligible for recognition as a healthier safer destination.
- Training materials for using the THiS system are available here.
- Links to the THP program, the Tourism and Health Information System (THiS.org) system and training materials:
- Overall presentation on the Tourism and Health program (by Dr Indar) can be accessed here.
- Tourism and Health program brochure is available here.
- Presentation on the Tourism and Health Information System (THiS.org)
- See THiS Live Demonstration Training video here.
- Step by step Training Instruction for using the THiS (by Dr Alexander) is available here.
- Registration forms for the THiS can be accessed on this link.