Guyana - General Info
Voltage: 240 V*
Frequency: 60 Hz*
*Inside the capital city of Georgetown, both 120 V and 240 V at either 50 or 60 Hz are found, depending on the part of the city (50 Hz most common). Actual voltage may vary from area to area.
Shopping: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm on weekdays. 8:30 am - Noon on Saturdays.
Guyana dollar (Guy$). There are strict controls on changing money, so it is better to arrive with cash than travellers' cheques. Guy$ is not convertible into foreign currency.
Cambios are licensed currency exchange houses. Most Cambios are open from 8 am to 5 pm and on Saturdays 8 am to 2 pm. It is important that you keep your Cambio receipt, you will need to produce them to change Guyanese dollars on departure.
Major credit cards and travellers cheques are accepted by most hotels, restaurants, car rental agencies and tour operators. Foreign credit cards can be used at Scotia Bank ATMs.
International Dialing Code for Guyana is +592.
Guyana prepaid GSM International cell phone + SIM card with free incoming calls in Guyana; prepaid international phone cards; cell phone calling cards; low cost, high quality special dialing services such as toll free dial with free minutes and no fees.
Digicel update December 2014:
Anyone cruising using Digicel should be aware that if you purchase a SIM card in one country, it cannot be topped up in different one, as previously possible. So if you wish to use the sim bought here while cruising in other countries, you should either put on a large enough sum to cover your needs, or set up an account and do it online.
You can top-up Digicel at https://online-top-up.digicelgroup.com/
Guyana Emergency Telephone Numbers
Police - dial 911 (or 225 64 11)
Fire SErvice - dial 912
Medical emergency services - dial 913 (or 226 9449 - Georgetown hospital)
IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club
A Cruising Guide to French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana
By Martin Dixon-Tyrer
Published by RCC Pilotage Foundation (1st edition Dec 2016)
Download at www.rccpf.org.uk/pilots/145/A-Cruising-Guide-to-French-Guiana,-Suriname-and-Guyana
A most useful guide to this little visited part of South America. Giving cruisers an opportunity to experience pristine rainforest with abundant flora and fauna, small towns, and jungle settlements of considerable cultural interest.
Cruising Guide to Trinidad and Tobago plus Barbados and Guyana
By Chris Doyle
Published by Cruising Guide Publication (4th Edn Nov.2012)
Updates from www.doyleguides.com
An essential guide if visiting Guyana. It contains all the information you need to enjoy cruising Guyana, including most useful coloured chartlets of the Esswquibo river.
Around The Next Bend
By Bernie Katchor
Publisher: katchor Enterprises (September 1, 2008)
A 7 month journey along the many rivers of Guyana and Venezuela.
See review and further details here.
November 2016: Immigration and Customs checked/updated.
June 2015:Publications checked.
September 2014: Formalities checked.
August 2014: Security section updated with info. from Kaiateur News Online: Pirates step up activities as….Guyana, Suriname shelve joint patrols on Corentyne River - July 27, 2014 | By KNews
January 2013: Country information checked.
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