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Guyana Travel Guide

Guyana — Travel Tips

Language

The official language of Guyana is English, but Hindu, Amerindian dialects, Creole, and Urdu are also spoken by some locals.

Currency

The Guyanese dollar (G$ or GYD) is the official currency in Guyana, but US dollars are widely accepted. Banknotes are available in denominations of G $20, 100, 500, and 1,000, while coins come in G $1, 5 and 10. Major credit cards like Visa, MasterCard, Diner’s Club, and American Express are honored by large restaurants, tour companies and car rental agencies and a few local banks accept foreign ATM cards. Travelers’ checks are also accepted.

Time

UTC -3 or UTC -4.

Electricity

Georgetown mainly uses electricity at 110 Volts, 60 Hertz, but suburban areas and most other towns are 220 Volts. The country uses types A, B, D, and G plugs so it's a good idea to have a travel adapter and converter just in case.

Communications

The country code is +592 and local telephone numbers have seven digits. Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) and Cel Star Guyana Inc. are the main cell network providers. You can rent a mobile phone from GT&T if your plan doesn’t offer international roaming in Guyana. Internet access is widely available in Georgetown.

Duty-free

Customs allows the import of: 200 cigarettes, 225 g of tobacco or 50 cigars into Guyana as long as you are 16 years of age. You can also bring in computers, a reasonable amount of perfume for personal use and up to 750 ml of wine or spirits. Duty-free shops can be found at the Departures lounge of Cheddi Jagan International Airport.

Tourist Office

Guyana Tourism Authority, Georgetown: +592-219-0094-6 or http://www.guyana-tourism.com or http://www.guyanabirding.com

Embassies and Consulates in Guyana

US Consulate, Georgetown: +592-225-4900/9
Canadian Consulate, Georgetown: +592-227-2081
British Consulate, Georgetown: +592-226-5881 or +592-2265881/2 or +592-226-5883/4
Barbadian Consulate, Georgetown: +592-225-9648 or +592-623-8126
Belgian Consulate, Georgetown: +592-227-23-02
Brazilian Embassy, Georgetown: +592-225-7970/1/2/3
Cuban Embassy, Georgetown: +592-225-1881
Chinese Embassy, Georgetown: +592-227-1651
German Consulate, Georgetown: +592-227-3344
Finnish Consulate, Georgetown: +592-226-4978 or +592-225-8914
Indian Consulate, Georgetown: +592-226-3996

Emergency

Police: 911 or +592-225-64-11
Fire: 912 Ambulance: 913 or +592-226-9449
Telephone directory assistance: 092

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