Travel to Guyana

Flying to Guyana

There are no direct flights to Guyana from Europe, but Caribbean Airlines ( fly between London and Georgetown via Trinidad and Tobago. There are direct flights between the US and Guyana, also courtesy of Caribbean Airlines.

Flights to Guyana are cheapest between October and February, and most expensive from May to August.

Guyana currently has no national airline since Guyana Airways filed for bankruptcy in 2001.

Flight times:

From London to Georgetown allow 13 hours, which includes a stop in Trinidad and Tobago. Flights from New York take approximately 7 hours depending on the airline.

Departure tax:

There is a G$4000 (US$20) departure tax which must be paid in cash in the local currency, US Dollar, Euro or British Pound at the Guyana Revenue Authority booth after check-in. Transit passengers up to 48 hours, and children under seven years of age are exempt.

Other airports in Guyana

Georgetown Airport

Airport Code: GEO. Location: The airport is 40km (26 miles) from the city (journey time - 45 minutes). Website: N/A. Public transport description: An irregular and crowded bus service to the city is available. Taxis meet every plane.

Travel by rail

There are no passenger rail services.

Driving to Guyana

Borders with Surinam and Venezuela are in dispute and are often closed, but motorists can enter Guyana via road from those countries. Travelling on the roads is difficult in Guyana as most roads are just dirt tracks.

By road note:

The highway between Cheddi Jagan Airport and Georgetown should not be used between 2300 and 0430 due to false police roadblocks resulting in armed robbery of both taxis and private cars.

Getting to Guyana by boat

The Canawaima Ferry Service operates between Moleson Creek, Guyana and South Drain, Suriname. Private yachts can sail to Guyana, but they must be cleared at the port of Bartica.

River routes:

The Canawaima Ferry Service, which operates between Moleson Creek, Guyana and South Drain, Suriname, is the only legal water crossing between the two countries. Beware that travellers using unofficial water taxis could be arrested.