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Guyana

Guyana: At a glance

Capital: Georgetown

Population: 779,004

Official language: English

Time zone: Guyana Time

Emergency #: 911

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Guyana: Travel Health Information

Home to over 900 species of animal and 6500 species of plants and trees, Guyana is a hotspot for nature-loving tourists. Visitors can witness giant otters, caimans, and anteaters in the wild, or visit the massive Kaiteur Falls in the Amazon Rainforest. Adventurous travellers can also hike a variety of mountains like Mount Roraima or the Pakaraima Mountains.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Guyana may differ from your home country. Guyana has both public and private healthcare systems, with a few private hospitals located in Georgetown. The quality of healthcare in Guyana generally does not meet international standards. Many public healthcare facilities are reported to be in poor condition with a lack of basic supplies and equipment and poor sanitation. There is a shortage of nurses and other medical personnel, particularly in rural areas, which can lead to long wait times for care.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Guyana typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to Brazil, Argentina, or Mexico may be required for complex medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Guyana.

Pharmacies and medications

Prescriptions for medicines must be obtained from a local doctor, but access to prescription medication in Guyana is generally limited.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Guyana’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Road quality in Guyana varies by region, but many roads are not well maintained and may pose a risk to travellers. Heavy traffic and wandering livestock may also be hazards for drivers. Seat belts are required for the driver and all passengers in vehicles at all times. In Guyana, traffic drives on the left.



Guyana: At a glance

Capital: Georgetown

Population: 779,004

Official language: English

Time zone: Guyana Time

Emergency #: 911

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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