Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in Guyana, and the Zika virus has been reported.
If possible, avoid travel to and from Georgetown Cheddi Jagan international airport late at night and before dawn. At the end of September 2015 the Guyana police force recorded a 10% increase in serious crimes and a 5% increase in murders compared to the same period in 2014. Many of the crimes in Guyana are common to countries with wide gaps in wealth and where the perception is that all foreigners are wealthy.A Muggings have taken place in broad daylight. Take extra precautions to safeguard your passports, money, tickets, mobile phones and other valuables.
In Georgetown, avoid the Tiger Bay and Albouystown areas and take care in Sophia, all of south Georgetown, Buxton and Agricola.
If you walk along the sea wall, avoid the more deserted stretches and walk at times when other walkers are most likely to be about (around 5pm to 6pm). Driving in Guyana can be dangerous because of poor road sense of road-users, frequent hazards, inadequate lighting and poor road conditions in some areas. If you’re planning to drive in Guyana, an International Driving PermitA is recommended.
Although some taxis have been the target for robbers, they remain the safest means for visitors to get around town.
A list of recent incidents and accidents can be found on the website of the Aviation Safety network.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is unable to offer advice on the safety of individual airlines. In 2007 the International Civil Aviation Organisation carried out an audit of the level of implementation of the critical elements of safety oversight in Guyana. If youa€™re travelling on Guyanaa€™s rivers use registered boat services equipped with lifejackets. Although the UNa€™s International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea in 2007 ruled on the maritime border dispute between Suriname and Guyana, there remains a historical border dispute between Suriname and Guyana over land in the New River Triangle area in the south east of Guyana.
The following UK mobiles work with roaming services - tri-band or quad phones; Vodafone and O2.
Power cuts occur and you may find yourself without water or electricity for short periods of time. There is a low threat from terrorism, but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Guyana. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Guyana.

Yellow Fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.
Visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 913 and ask for an ambulance.
Credit card use is growing in the retail and hospitality sectors but Guyana is still a largely cash-based economy. This email service only offers information and advice for British nationals planning to travel abroad. If you need urgent help because something has happened to a friend or relative abroad, contact the consular assistance team on 020 7008 1500 (24 hours). If youa€™re abroad and need emergency help, please contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
Before you send an email, make sure you have read the travel advice for the country youa€™re travelling to, and the guidance on how the FCO puts travel advice together. Make an appointment on-line for the following services, or contact us by telephone for further help. Our press team answers media enquiries about the work of the UK government and the British High Commission in Georgetown. The latest news, travel advice, and information for Guyana, updated regularly for all British travellers by the UK Foreign Office. You should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre and discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider, particularly if youa€™re pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
There have been incidents of violence, fatal accidents caused by erratic driving and incidents of violent theft by gangs, who follow cars travelling from the airport and attack their victims when they reach their final destination. Take particular care in the Stabroek Market area where robberies are a daily occurrence and where in January 2011 there was a grenade explosion which killed 1 person. Confirm the local situation in advance, avoid travel after dark, travel in convoy whenever possible and carry a means of communication. Alternatively, you can get a local driving permit, valid for 1 month, from the Licence and Revenue Office in Georgetown on submission of a valid British driving licence. They are driven dangerously and are responsible for the majority of road accidents in Guyana. There have been several accidents in recent years on the main tourist routes, including Kaieteur Falls, Lethem and Linden - some with fatalities. However, the International Air Transport Association publishes a list of registered airlines that have been audited and found to meet a number of operational safety standards and recommended practices.
Using water taxis (backtracking) from Suriname to Guyana can lead to arrest, imprisonment and then deportation.
Venezuela does not formally recognise the legitimacy of its current border with Guyana, in the north west of Guyana, and has recently issued a decree which has increased tensions at a political level between both countries.

Prison conditions in Guyana are tough.A Pack all luggage yourself and do not carry any items that do not belong to you. On arrival their a€™sponsorsa€™ will only allow them to leave Guyana if they carry a a€™packagea€™ (usually cocaine). Visitors are generally given 30 days to remain in Guyana, but extensions can usually be obtained from the Ministry of Home Affairs in Georgetown. Country specific information and advice is published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre on the TravelHealthPro website and by NHS (Scotland) on the fitfortravel website.
For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre.
We also help overseas companies bring their high-quality investment to the UKa€™s dynamic economy, acknowledged as Europea€™s best place from which to succeed in global business. There is a risk of passers-by being caught up in such incidents - the Police tend to respond with firearms if shot at or threatened. Avoid walking alone around Georgetown, even in the main areas and dona€™t walk anywhere at night. There have also been incidents of violent theft by gangs who follow cars travelling from the airport, and attack their victims when they reach their final destination. This list is not exhaustive and the absence of an airline from this list does not necessarily mean that it is unsafe.
You should avoid all large political gatherings particularly in times of heightened tension, including around the time of elections. The Guyana anti-drug authorities at the airport will routinely stop or search foreigners fitting a certain profile. The Guyanese authorities are very severe on visitors who overstay or abuse the conditions of their stay. Useful information and advice about healthcare abroad is also available on the NHS Choices website. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad, and repatriation. US Dollars are more widely accepted than other foreign currencies (carry some small denomination notes). At the end of September 2015 armed robbery was up by 3% in comparison to the same period in 2014, and in the same period 114 murders took place (in a country with a population of just over 750,000).
Conviction for overstaying will result in one year imprisonment, a fine of up to G$50,000 (Guyana dollars) and deportation - at the deporteea€™s expense - upon release. You should be particularly vigilant when leaving local banks to ensure that you are not being followed.

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