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Guyana Frequently Asked Questions


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What language is spoken in Guyana?

Guyana's official language is English, however there are many other languages spoken such as Amerindian dialects, Creole, Caribbean Hindustani (dialect of Hindi), and Urdu.  

What currency is used in Guyana?

The official currency of Guyana is the Guyanese dollar (GYD). US dollars can be used in Georgetown for larger transactions like hotels and restaurants but having Guyanese dollars on hand is recommended for smaller transactions like taxis, purchasing snacks or if visiting more rural areas. 

Do I need a visa to travel to Guyana?

US and Canadian citizens traveling to Guyana with valid passports do not require a visa for up to 90 days. Passports must be valid for a minimum of 3 months from the date of arrival. However, travelling with 6 months validity is strongly recommended.

When is the best time to travel to Guyana?

The best time to visit Guyana is typically during the dry season (February-April and August to October). There is less chance of rain with temperatures rising up to 33-35°C (91.-95°F). Along the coast, it can be slightly cooler with temperatures rising to 29-31°C (84-88°F). The coast also sometimes experiences less rain during the wet season than the interior. 

Is there transportation within Guyana?

The easiest way to get around is to hire a private vehicle, or taxi. In Guyana, no commuter trains are scheduled, so minibuses are the most important public transport network. They operate in designated areas through a well-regulated fare system. The minibuses are private and offer the cheapest means of transportation.

Is Guyana a family friendly destination?

Guyana is not typically considered a family friendly destination as the tourist industry is not as developed as in some neighbouring countries. But it still has plenty to offer more adventurous families with great activities and plenty to explore such as Kaieteur Falls and the abundance of flora and wildlife in the Iwokrama Rainforest.     

How welcoming is Guyana to LGBTQ travellers and families?

The LGBTQ community experiences many challenges in Guyana as it is the only country in South America where same-sex sexual activity is illegal. While Guyana had its first pride parade in 2018, much of society still has negative views towards the LGBTQ community. Travellers should exercise discretion travelling in Guyana.  

Electricity

In Guyana, the common voltage is 240V and frequency is 60Hz. The plugs and sockets are of the A/B/D/G type.

Tipping

Tipping is common practice in Guyana with 10-15% being standard. Sometimes this may be added to the bill as a service charge, so it is important to check your bill as an extra tip is not necessary. An extra tip above 15% for excellent service is at your own discretion. 

Events

Guyana holds many festivals throughout the year with one of the biggest being Mashramani, held in February. This carnival commemorates the “birth of the republic” with float parades, costume competitions, calypsoes, steel bands and dancing in the streets. The Festival of Lights, or Diwali, is held in November and is considered one of the most picturesque festivals with Diyas lighting up at night in neighborhoods and villages. Phagwah, also called Holi in many other countries, is one of the most colorful festivals, marking the beginning of spring with people on the streets wearing white,throwing water and colored powder at each other. It is a Hindu celebration.

 

 


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