Guyana - Formalities
Bartica is the preferred clearance port for Guyana. It is advisable to let the Coastguard on Fort Island (Tel. 592 600 6510 know you are in Guyanan waters. At Bartica there is an office which has been set up with cruisers in mind. Customs, Immigration and Health authorities are all based there and the paperwork is simple and quick. No agent is required.
It is possible, but not advisable, to clear in at Georgetown (about 7nm SE of the Essequibo river). The berthing and anchoring facilities in Demerara harbour are not suitable for yachts.
If checking in at Parika, anchor off Roeden Rust and take the dinghy to the town. This is rather an exposed anchorage as you have to anchor well off the shore to avoid the sand banks.
Last updated September 2015.
Passports must be valid for at least 6 months.
Visitor Visas can now be issued on arrival. The usual length of stay is 3 months, although an extension may be possible.
All nationals require visas EXCEPT those of Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Dominica, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Luxembourg, Montserrat, New Zealand, North Korea, Norway, Portugal, Russian Federation, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, St.Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadine, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Bahamas, The Netherlands, Trinidad and Tobago, U.K. and U.S.A.
Evidence may be required of sufficient funds.
Last checked September 2014.
Firearms must be declared.
Receipts of any purchases should be kept to be shown on departure.
Foreign currency must be declared.
Last checked September 2014.
Yellow fever vaccination is recommended as it is endemic to this area.
Malaria prophylaxis is recommended, as is vaccination against Typhoid fever.
Also be careful of dengue fever in the interior.
Do not drink the tap water. Bottled water is widely available.
ZIKA VIRUS ALERT: (September 2016) There have been recent safety alerts from the US State Department, UK Foreign Office, and Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding travel to parts of Central and South America, Africa, southern Asia, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific islands. Guyana is an area of interest with multiple reported cases and active virus transmission. There is growing concern about the rapid spread of the ZIKA Virus and the impact of the virus on pregnant women and babies. ZIKA is transmitted by mosquitos in tropical and sub-tropical climates, and there is currently no cure or vaccine. This situation is evolving rapidly, so please refer to the CDC’s dedicated website if you are intending to cruise in one of the effected areas.
There is a small payment required at Customs. December 2009 this was $GYD 2500.
Permission is no longer needed to visit the interior.
As with many countries in South America, conservative dress (trousers/shoes/shirts for men and sleeved tops/skirts/trousers, not shorts, for women) is polite when visiting officials.
Animals must be declared.
Cats and dogs require an Import Permit from the Ministry of Agriculture, P.O. Box 1001, Georgetown and Health Certificate issued by competent Authorities in country of origin, stating that animal was vaccinated against rabies less than one year but at least 30 days prior to arrival in Guyana. Animals will be quarantined for 90 days unless arriving from the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Barbados, Dominica, Ireland, Jamaica, Montserrat, New Zealand, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.