How Safe Is Guyana for Travel?

Guyana
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Guyana, officially known as the Co-operative Republic of Guyana is a sovereign state located the northern mainland of South America.

However, it has such strong cultural, historical and political ties with other Anglo Caribbean countries, that it’s often considered part of the Caribbean region.

Guyana shares its borders with the Atlantic Ocean to the north, Brazil to the south and southwest, Suriname to the east and Venezuela to the west.

Guyana is the only South American nation in which English is the official language which makes things that much easier for an average tourist, though the majority of the population speaks Guyanese Creole, an English-based creole language.

A must-see for all tourists is definitely the Kaieteur Falls, which are monumentally five times the height of Niagara Falls.

This place can be accessed by a short plane flight from the capital.

Lovers of summer activities can enjoy the gorgeous Shell Beach where they can see a range of Leatherback, Green and Olive Ridley turtles laying eggs.

For those in the mood for hiking, there are Merume Mountains, with a legend to follow: the legend has it that no one has been to the top of the Merume Mountains, or found the source of the Mazaruni river rumored to be within them.

Warnings & Dangers in Guyana

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : HIGH

Even though this country is known for its welcoming people, you should keep in mind that it is still filled with dangers to bear in mind. Apart from petty theft, there is serious violent crime to consider so apply all possible precaution measures before venturing into this beautiful country.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Transportation is generally not the best in Guyana. Road conditions are generally poor, the bus service, although it is frequent, isn't very reliable or safe and it is best to travel by taxi, especially at night. Be particularly careful on public transport for pickpockets that operate on buses and trains.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

As in most countries in the world – where there are tourists, there are pickpockets. Pickpocketing and purse snatching are frequent in Guyana, particularly in the busiest areas of the country, like Georgetown. The general area of Stabroek Market and the area behind Bourda Market are places where petty crimes have been reported so apply caution when around these places.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

Guyana isn't prone to a huge amount of natural disasters, but it does have two significant rainy season, with substantial rainfall, causing severe flooding because there are two significant rainy seasons.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : HIGH

Petty crime can sometimes turn violent so your best bet is to just hand over everything you own immediately. The problem is that violent crime in general in this country is a serious issue, with murder rate that is three times higher than that of the United States. Armed robberies, muggings, burglaries, assaults and rapes are frequent. Areas where you should be particularly cautious include the village of Buxton, which is located along the road that leads from Georgetown to New Amsterdam, as well as Agricola, which sits near the East Bank highway.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Although there haven't been any terrorist attacks in Guyana's recent history, they shouldn't be ruled out so remain vigilant at all times.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

As in almost any countries, there is a great risk of getting scammed in Guyana, too. Always check everything twice and negotiate everything in advance. Taxi drivers might try to trick you into paying more, giving you wrongful information about the price of the ride.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : HIGH

Women should definitely not travel alone in Guyana, but in a group or within a tour, especially at night but this applies to daytime, too. You should exercise precaution at all times and avoid dark and empty streets and locations.

So... How Safe Is Guyana Really?

Guyana is not known as a particularly safe destination, with Georgetown being notorious for petty street crime.

Never carry all your money with you: in fact, do not carry large amounts of it at all.

Never walk alone both during night and day, as daytime is not a guarantee that you’re safe.

Avoid areas such as the Tiger Bay area east of Main Street and the entire southeastern part of the city including Albouystown and Ruimveldt, though if you’re in a group, you might pass by these places and you probably won’t have any problems, particularly if you’re with a native company.

Do not count on police assistance, as they will probably help you only if they see a criminal act occurring in front of them.

The good news is that the inner regions of the country where you can explore the famous, breathtaking waterfalls of this region and the vast rainforests are completely safe and crime-free.

Generally, once you leave the major cities and venture into rural areas, you will enter a friendly and warm atmosphere.

The interior regions with the breath-taking waterfalls and the beautiful rainforests and mountains are perfectly safe.

Before you travel to Guyana, make sure you get immunized for yellow fever, as well as malaria and dengue fever, though it has appeared only in the inner parts of the country.

Yellow fever is endemic to this area and you can catch it even in cities.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Many countries do not need a visa in order to enter Guyana. Make sure your passport is valid for six months beyond the period of your planned stay in Guyana. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
  • Currency - Guyanese dollar is the official currency in Guyana. Bear in mind that not all ATMs accept foreign cards, and that credit cards are rarely accepted.
  • Weather - Climate in Guyana is warm and tropical all year round. There is substantial rainfall throughout the year, and the humidity is high. Guyana has two rainy seasons, December to January and May to June, while along the coastline the climate is tempered by sea breezes.
  • Airports - Cheddi Jagan International Airport is the national airport of Guyana. It is located on the right bank of the Demerara River in the city of Timehri, 41 km south of Guyana's capital, Georgetown.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we advise getting travel insurance when traveling to Guyana, because it would cover not only medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Guyana Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 27° C
Feb 27° C
Mar 27° C
Apr 28° C
May 28° C
Jun 27° C
Jul 27° C
Aug 28° C
Sep 29° C
Oct 28° C
Nov 28° C
Dec 27° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

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Low
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28 Reviews on Guyana

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    Elizabeth Fallen says:

    Very good experience

    Guyana is s beautiful country your points are not completely correct I love Guyana I’m from London. The people are very nice and friendly. I had a really good experience there and I would definitely go again.

    1. Hi
      I would like to have more details about safety & dealing locally. I want to start a gems & jewellary business there. I am from India.

  2. Great place to visit

    Man what the hell is this shit who wrote this
    This is so not true and it should be taken down

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      Guyanese citizen says:

      Your vitriolic words are just proving the author’s comments to be right.

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        Fair Justice says:

        So what if the individual used colourful language it doesn’t take away from the fact this is a damaging quote about Guyana not being safe. There is crime and petty thieves everywhere but that doesn’t stop people from travelling.
        So who ever the author may be… it’s high time you reevaluated your statement.

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      Roger g says:

      I was robbed of everything at gunpoint on my way from the airport, apparently this is quite common according to the US embassy where I had to get a temporary passport to return but the government hides reporting crimes for obvious reasons. Crime is terrible throughout the country, not a place to visit.

  3. So not true. Georgetown is usually busy and does have thefts but if you go other places like Linden, Essequibo etc it’s beautiful and safe, people even sleep with their windows and doors open because a lot of areas are safe. Know your facts before you write this crap. P.s people are very friendly there, usually greeting you as you walk by.

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    iNf4MouS Pi3RRE says:

    Shit hole country

    This is 99% facts… Just remove trains… Cause there’s no public trains and not train terminals… Guyana is not safe and nobody should travel there… Worse caribbean country…

    1. iNf4MouS Pi3RRE: You’re a shit hole asshole. Guyana is first class country and most important, shit hole asshole, Guyana is NOT a Caribbean country. Guyana is a South American country. Ok shithole asshole. Just a little edification for you.

      1. Actually it is considered a Caribbean country. It’s the only Caribbean country that is part of a land mass rather than an independent island.

        1. I thought Belize was also part of the land mass and classified as Caribbean?

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          Proud Guyanese says:

          Guyana is not the only Caribbean country apart of mass land

      2. Control crime

        I am a Guyanese. Unfortunately the author’s comments are absolutely correct.

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        Proud Guyanese says:

        Guyana is apart of the Caribbean

        Though guyana is not geographically accepted as apart of the Caribbean, on historical terms, sharing similar or rather exact history with caribbean islands, Guyana is a Caribbean country.

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      Guyanese citizen says:

      No, we are not the worst, there’s Trinidad and Jamaica. Guyana in the 50’s was described as “Paradise on Earth” with the friendliest people but no longer. The author who wrote this article is quite right.

      1. My opinion of Guyana.

        Agree I’m Australian my wife born in Guyana . Was a paradise before independance. Also East Indians and corrupt goverments had made this place a no go zone.
        Am a travel agent and yes the beauty is in the interior. I stayed at the Pegasus and didn’t feel safe. Robbery is rife the police turn their back. Money talks…
        Thank goodness my wife had a British Passport before becoming Australian citizen . She was admonished when visiting. . There were trains once from Geo to Rossignal. Only mining companies have trains down south. We were treated so badly . The airport staff were rude and ignorant. Transport is terrible. Best get limo of hotel.
        Advice stay out of Guyana , Venezuala or Suriname.
        Dont ask for directions or help as you wont get it. Why do you think major airlines keep failing and giving up route.

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    Guyanese citizen says:

    Ken, your offensive language has just proved the man is right.

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    Mark Axelson says:

    I have not been to your beautiful country. It is a dream to, one day. God bless your efforts, Guyanese people.

  7. I felt most unsafe in the markets in Georgetown with 2 people doing a gun type action with their hands and pointing it in my direction. Beaches are just terrible -full of litter. I felt more safe in San Salvador than I did here.

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    Patricia says:

    I believe the people who says Guyana is not beautiful, haven’t been traveling.
    I don’t mean, going to a Caribbean Island Resort and getting drunk on a white sand beach or staying in your hometown saying ,”God Bless America”
    I haved visited over 27 country in world, I’ve used local buses and trains to see people lifestyles and what resources the country has. Many times I broke down in tears seeing Poverty. It’s unbelievable how people live especially children.” I have never been to Africa”.

    Safety; The world have a safety and security issue. It’s going at your own RISK, anything could happen anywhere at anytime

    Dirty; Did you ever check out New York and Los Angeles. One of the richest countries in the world with the most dirtiest city.
    I am Guyanese, I’ve lived in the USA for over 35 years. Guyana is a beautiful country that need to be develop more and its getting there.

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    Ivor Harry says:

    Very good

    I am from Guyana but have been living abroad for the past thirty eight years. Guyana is just climbing out of poverty and systemic corruption. The Capital city is looking much better these days with modern malls, office blocks, restaurants and night spots. The place is fairly clean just bushy along the verges. Most Caribbean countries are the same. The people are friendly and mostly protective of visitors. They enjoy a good joke and are not afraid to engage strangers in conversation. Gun violence is a concern in recent times but it has not reached crisis levels as in some other places. One has to be vigilant but no need to be running scared. Downtown Georgetown is best traversed on foot and can be quite crowded but, relatively safe. In terms of natural beauty, this country has it. The interior villages and towns are very safe and quite picturesque. The inland lakes and long winding rivers filled with exotic creatures foments excitement and adventure. Fruits are plentiful and wild animals in the forests make for great gastronomic satisfaction. Beautiful Guyana.

  10. I don’t know why these people who are making comments about how Guyana beautiful. Guyana rass aint beautiful. It just has beauty in some areas just like any other country. What is so beautiful about Bourda and Stabroek markets. The areas are filthy. These people are all brain washed by Burnham. The whole bloody country is corrupted. Clean the country up. Most crimes committed is hardly solved. In adequate police force. It is a very poor country. No middle class. if it so beautiful then all you who have left Guyana 30 years ago, should go back and live there. I bet in a few months you will run away. The country requires structure. take a page from the Island of Barbados.

  11. Hi, I been to Guyana in 2007, I met a wonderful lady online, and invited me to come over. I never been outside Europe before. I must say the guyanise people are one of the most friendly, warm welcoming people I ever come a cross.i felt very welcomed and safe, I difenetly go again.

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    Harish Permanand says:

    I am a Guyanese, migrate to Canada in 1982, because of safety and the bullies of the PNC.
    You cannot count on law enforcement for your safety due to corruption. Look at the Government, total disregard for the constitution, after a non confidence vote. Get a grip of yourself people, there is no law and order of that land of three quarter million people. The city that I lived in Canada has twice the population and I’m sure our Mayor can do a better job than those meat heads that call themselves leaders. Leadership is lacking which in turn creates unemployment, no hope for the decent people, helplessness, and anger which in turn creates criminals and thugs. Read my lips, Guyana is not safe. Stay away.

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    Guyanese says:

    Beautiful Guyana, Land of many WATERS

    Guyana is not a crime country. Things have changed and you shouldn’t portray our country as being bad. It’s a beautiful place to visit and I gaurantee that you’ll be safe there.

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    Royal Rolle says:

    Every place has challenges, just be vigilant and enjoy

    i am a proud Guyanese living in the Bahamas for 16 years now.I was very proud to take my Bahamian husband to Guyana. Despite my country needs a bit cleaning up, things are looking much better now than before.Guyana is naturally beautiful, the food was great n my husband and kids loved it.We felt safe even with public transportation. My husband and kids took lots of pics especially in Linden. We are planning vacation again there very soon.

  15. Guyana is beautiful. I spent 5 months there and enjoyed it. The people r friendly and treat foreigners respectfully. The place has cleaned up immensely since the new government has taken control. The previous govt did nothing to improve nothing everything was in disarray. I will visit again at the drop of a hat. Continue the good work seek God’s guidance and put race and hatred out of there. We r God’s children live like we r.

  16. Love of country

    I am Guyanese by berth now a Canadian citizen for 49 years, I am proud of Guyana that I still call home original from Bernice No. 63 beach, I love this beach has great memories with my family as a child that was all we had. love of family is the greatest thing, for the people in Georgetown please be more friendly to foreigners, we needed to change, where some one is bore is not your fault, be good to others and give yourself and country good names. We alway have a fabulous and save time when we visited. The government should restrict bad people for certain area of Georgetown and have curfew on under 18 years at night.

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