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Mirror (Georgetown)
New Nation, The (Georgetown)
Stabroek News (Georgetown)

The daily newspaper is the Guyana Chronicle which is state owned.
The Mirror, Kaieteur News and the New Nation are published daily except Monday.


MolokoBot Home invasions, carjackings, kidnappings and shootings are on the increase in Guyana, particularly in Georgetown and New Amsterdam. If driving, lock all your doors. If driving through the village of Buxton, between the two cities, don't stop - much of the gang activity is thought to be based there.

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MolokoBot Veins of social and political unrest run through Guyana, and Georgetown is a magnet for sporadic, low-level violence. Although it's rarely directed at foreigners, visitors are advised to avoid walking alone after dark, maintain alertness at all times and keep out of Georgetown's Tiger Bay area.

Dutch and British colonisation made an indelible mark on Guyana, leaving behind a now dilapidated colonial capital, a volatile mix of peoples and a curious political geography.

Yes, Guyana is a relatively dangerous country. However, outside Georgetown, the incidence of street crime and physical violence is greatly reduced. In Georgetown do not walk anywhere after dark, even if going a block away for dinner, be sure to take a taxi. Women should avoid taking a taxi alone whenever possible. At no time should you carry much cash or other valuables on your person. Leave passports in a safe at hotels or embassies (a foreign passport is extremely valuable in Guyana); do not walk around with your passport. The incidence of physical violence is really not that bad, but avoid dark streets at all times. Tap water is contaminated everywhere in Guyana, including Georgetown. Bottled water is readily available in restaurants, at hotels, and in grocery stores (ie., Fogerty's or Guyana Stores); brands include Tropical Mist and Diamond Water. Careful with locally made ice cubes, check to ensure that they are made with distilled water. Vegetables are usually washed only in tap water, ask before eating salads or other uncooked vegetables and fruit. Kirsten Heber (April 00)

Be careful eating at the little cheap Chinese restaurants/takaways at night. We were mugged by four men with a machete while eating in one, although luckily not hurt, and little was taken. Later friends told us that normally no one stays to eat in these places, since they don't have security guards, and being isolated out from the main Guayanese community, are more prone to this sort of attack. Megan Dale & Steve Watts, England (July 99)

My friend was one of the university profs returning with his anthropology class from a month of field studies. As a result of all the BWI screw ups and delays, they missed their last connection. By the time everyone was damn near strip searched at Vancouver airport, they had missed the last ferry to Vancouver island, and had to overnight in Vancouver. I just spoke with friends who were part of a uni field study group based in Guyana. They flew from there to Trinidad for a few days. On arriving, about ten of their backpacks were delayed for over an hour, and when they got them, they found they had been opened, but nothing taken. The owners were searched VERY thoroughly. They didn't really figure anything was wrong...a minor screw-up....,until the same thing happened when they landed in another carrib. island: bags were very late, and when they arrived, the owners were again VERY thoroughly searched. The students were staying at two different hotels, and the leader with one group told everyone to duct tape, lock or tie their bags shut for the last leg home. When they arrived, they waited for an hour and a half for ALL their bags, and the ones that weren't sealed again had been opened, stuff mussed up and nothing stolen. It is the belief of my friend that workers for British West India Airlines are engaged in smuggling drugs in the backpacks of unsuspecting travellers, which are then unpacked on arrival by the handlers. TAPE, LOCK OR SEAL YOUR PACKS!!! Elain Genser, Canada (May 00)

Getting There & Away

Most travelers arrive from North America or the Caribbean, and less frequently from Venezuela (via Trinidad) and Suriname. There are no direct flights from Europe. The international departure tax is US$14. Overland crossings can be made to/from Brazil at the Lethem-Bomfin crossing point, but the border with Venezuela is closed. A passenger ferry crosses the Courantyne River at Corriverton (Springlands) to the Surinamese town of Nieuw Nickerie.

The recently privatized Guyana Air 2000 now flies from Georgetown to New York. As part of the deal, North American Airlines will offer reciprocal service from New York to Georgetown.

It is possible to travel from Georgetown to Lethem overland (via Kurupukari). There are numerous trucks that travel this route even in the rainy season in order to deliver supplies to the miners in the interior, as such, there may be room for passengers on these trucks. The trip will take anywhere from 24 to 48 hourrs and the ride is rough. Do not take valuables or excess cash with you, and keep your passport and money in a money belt that you leave on your person at all times. Before leaving, purchase some groceries and plenty of water to take with you as there are no stops along the way. Also, make sure you have plenty of mosquito repellant with you, this is a malaria area. It is not recommended that you make this trip alone. Kirsten Heber (April 00)

Despite the warning in Lonely Planet, I decided to truck it overland to Georgetown. It costs about $25 in the cab or $15 in the back and is certainly an ordeal, but it took only 36 hours and not 3 days so the trail must have been improved. You stop for a few hours sleep in the open-I never had a better view of the stars. The driver said a jaguar had crossed in front of the truck at dawn a couple of trips before, but that was certainly an exception. It wasn't until I got within 30 miles of Georgetown that it became apparent that in Guyana they drive on the left. Chris P. Evans, US (Feb 98)

Facts for the Traveler
Visas: A visa is 16 for three months. If that length of visa is not required, 30-day visas are granted at the borders.
Health risks: malaria (Malaria is endemic in the interior), Cholera, dengue fever, typhoid
Time Zone: GMT/UTC -4
Dialling Code: 592
Electricity: 120/240V ,50/60Hz
Weights & measures: Metric

When to Go
The best time to visit Guyana may be at the end of either rainy season, in late January or late August, when the discharge of water over Kaieteur Falls is greatest. Some locals recommend mid-October to mid-May, which may be wet, but not as hot. If you want to travel overland to the interior, come during the dry seasons.

Post & Communications: Dont rely on the postal service; use registered mail for important correspondence. The Atlantic Tele-Network Company operates the new Guyana Telecommunications Corporation and has done a good job of it telephone service is much better now. The Country code for Guyana is 592.

Electricity: Guyanese time is 4 hours behind GMT and one hour behind Suriname. The electricity supply is 110V in Georgetown and 220V in most other places.

Money & Costs

Currency: Guyanese Dollar

  • Budget: US$3-5
  • Mid-range: US$5-10
  • High: US$10+

  • Lodging
  • Budget: US$5-15
  • Mid-range: US$15-30
  • High: US$30+

Budget travelers can get by on US$10 per day in Guyana; while those staying in more comfortable hotels and eating at restaurants should expect to spend around US$20-30 per day. A more upscale visit will require US$40 and upwards.

Cash and travelers' checks can be exchanged in banks and cambios. Banks are more bureaucratic and are generally open only on weekday mornings, while cambios keep longer hours. Sometimes you can change cash unofficially, at hotels for example, for the same rates that banks offer - there is no real black market. British pounds are widely accepted. Credit cards are accepted at Georgetown's better hotels and restaurants.

Amerindians: This term includes nine tribes - Akawaios, Arawaks, Arecunas, Caribs , Macusis, Patamonas, Wai-wais, Wapisianas and Warraus.

Guyana has one city --- Georgetown which is its capital, and six major towns of administrative and commercial importance. Linden, New Amsterdam, Corriverton, Rose Hall, Anna Regina and Bartica. The country is divided in three counties Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice, and these counties are further divided into 10 administrative regions.

Administrative Regions
1 Barima-Waini
2 Pomeroon-Supernam
3 Essequibo Is.-West Demerara
4 Demerara-Mahaica
5 Mahaica-Berbice
6 East Berbice-Corentyne
7 Cuyuni-Mazaruni
8 Potaro-Siparuni
9 Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo
10 Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice

CDC Health Information for International Travel 2003-2004
Country Yellow Fever Malaria
Requirements CDC recommendations Area of risk Chloroquine resistance Recommended prophylaxis*
Guyana If traveling from an infected area (see the Blue Sheet).

Required also for travelers arriving from

Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, So Tom and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tanzania, Togo, and Uganda.

Americas:Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.

For all travelers >9 months of age (arriving from any country). Risk in all areas of the interior; sporadic cases have also been reported along the coastal region. Confirmed A/P; DOX; MEF
Certificate of Vaccination - Yellow Fever   -   Tables of Vaccine Requirements and Malaria Prophylaxis   -   Malaria Information for Travellers to South America
Travelers to Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela should take one of the following antimalarial drugs: (listed alphabetically): atovaquone/proguanil, doxycycline, mefloquine, or primaquine (in special circumstances).

coastline: 459 km 

tropical; hot, humid, moderated by northeast trade winds; two rainy seasons (May to mid-August, mid-November to mid-January)  
mostly rolling highlands; low coastal plain; savanna in south  
Elevation extremes:   
lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m 
highest point: Mount Roraima 2,835 m  

Land use:   
arable land: 2.44% 
permanent crops: 0.08% 
other: 97.48% (1998 est.)  
Irrigated land:   
1,500 sq km (1998 est.)  
Natural hazards:   
flash floods are a constant threat during rainy seasons  
Environment - current issues:   
water pollution from sewage and agricultural and industrial chemicals; deforestation  
Environment - international agreements:   
party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94 
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements  

Geography - note:   
the third-smallest country in South America after Suriname and Uruguay; substantial portions of its western and eastern territories are claimed by Venezuela and Suriname respectively  

Legal system:   
based on English common law with certain admixtures of Roman-Dutch law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction  

Economy - overview:   
The Guyanese economy exhibited moderate economic growth in 2001-02, based on expansion in the agricultural and mining sectors, a more favorable atmosphere for business initiatives, a more realistic exchange rate, fairly low inflation, and the continued support of international organizations. Growth then slowed in 2003. Chronic problems include a shortage of skilled labor and a deficient infrastructure. The government is juggling a sizable external debt against the urgent need for expanded public investment. The bauxite mining sector should benefit in the near term by restructuring and partial privatization.  

Electricity - production:    
852 million kWh (2001)  
Electricity - production by source:   
fossil fuel: 99.4% 
hydro: 0.6% 
other: 0% (2001) 
nuclear: 0%  
Electricity - consumption:    
792.4 million kWh (2001)  

Exports - partners:   
Canada 26.3%, US 22.3%, UK 13%, Jamaica 5.1%, Portugal 5.1%, Belgium 4.2% (2002)  

Imports - partners:   
US 25.1%, Trinidad and Tobago 16%, Netherlands Antilles 13.7%, Italy 6.6%, UK 5.5%, Cuba 4.4% (2002)  

Economic aid - recipient:   
$84 million (1995), Heavily Indebted Poor Country Initiative (HIPC) $253 million (1997) (2000 est.)  

Communications    Guyana  Top of Page  
Telephones - main lines in use:    
80,400 (2002)  
Telephones - mobile cellular:    
87,300 (2002)  
Telephone system:   
general assessment: fair system for long-distance calling 
domestic: microwave radio relay network for trunk lines 
international: country code - 592; tropospheric scatter to Trinidad; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean)  
Radio broadcast stations:   
AM 3, FM 3, shortwave 1 (1998)  
Television broadcast stations:   
3 (one public station; two private stations which relay US satellite services) (1997)  
Internet country code:   
Internet hosts:    
63 (2002)  
Internet users:    
125,000 (2002)  

Transportation    Guyana  Top of Page  
total: 187 km 
standard gauge: 139 km 1.435-m gauge 
note: all dedicated to ore transport (2001 est.) 
narrow gauge: 48 km 0.914-m gauge  
total: 7,970 km 
paved: 590 km 
unpaved: 7,380 km (1999 est.)  
5,900 km (total length of navigable waterways) 
note: Berbice, Demerara, and Essequibo rivers are navigable by oceangoing vessels for 150 km, 100 km, and 80 km, respectively  
Ports and harbors:   
Bartica, Georgetown, Linden, New Amsterdam, Parika  
Merchant marine:   
total: 5 ships (1,000 GRT or over) 7,475 GRT/8,758 DWT 
foreign-owned: Barbados 1, Panama 1 
registered in other countries: 8 (2003 est.) 
by type: cargo 3, container 1, refrigerated cargo 1  
49 (2003 est.)  
Airports - with paved runways:   
total: 8 
1,524 to 2,437 m: 3 
under 914 m: 5 (2003 est.)  
Airports - with unpaved runways:   
total: 41 
1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 
914 to 1,523 m: 8 
under 914 m: 32 (2003 est.)  

Illicit drugs:   
transshipment point for narcotics from South America - primarily Venezuela - to Europe and the US; producer of cannabis  

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ID              : 1007721 
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Category : Accommodation  
ID              : 1007776  
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Category : Accommodation  
ID              : 1007775 
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Category : Hotel accommodation  
ID              : 1007796  
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Published: 2004-07-28  
Category : Hotel accommodation  
ID              : 1007795  
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Category : Hotel accommodation  
ID              : 1007794  
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Category : Hotel accommodation  
ID              : 1007793 
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Category : For sale  
ID              : 1007703  
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Category : Security services  
ID              : 1007726   
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Published: 2004-07-28  
Category : Security services  
ID              : 1007725 

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Guyana Public Announcement - Apr 12, 2001 - By U.S. State Department

Following Guyana's national election in March 2001, a number of violent clashes have taken place between law enforcement officials and demonstrators. These confrontations, as well as random acts of violence, have occurred both in and outside of Georgetown. Demonstrators have blocked main thoroughfares, damaging vehicles and injuring passengers on several occasions. It is possible that further disruptions may occur. While these events have not targeted American citizens in the past, they have disrupted normal business activities.

American citizens resident in and visiting Guyana during this post-election period should exercise due caution, avoid all demonstrations or disturbances, and monitor news broadcasts closely.

For further information on travel to Guyana, please consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet for Guyana at or

This Public Announcement replaces the Public Announcement of January 11, 2001, to update the security situation in Guyana, and will expire on July 11, 2001.

Entering Guyana

Immigration officers have the authority to issue a visa for up to three months at the time of entering Guyana. Entrant must have:

  • Valid passport, with at least six months to expiration
  • Return ticket to the country of origin
  • Adequate funds for the stay in Guyana

Guyana's foreign missions can also issue entry visas for entrants from countries not listed below.

Countries whose nationals do NOT require a Visa to Enter Guyana
(as of October 2000)

Antigua & Barbuda Australia Bahamas Barbados Belgium
Belize Canada Chile* Cuba** Denmark
Dominica Finland France Germany Greece
Grenada India*** Ireland Italy Jamaica
Japan Korea Luxembourg Montserrat Netherlands
New Zealand Norway Portugal Spain St. Christopher Nevis
St. Lucia St. Vincent & Grenadines Suriname Trinidad & Tobago United Kingdom
U.S.A. Venezuela** Sweden South Africa Switzerland
* Holder of diplomatic and special passport only
** Holder of diplomatic passport only
*** Letter from Min. of Home Affairs required

Local police recover stolen Surinamese boat. - Kaieteur News
Local police have detained three persons following the discovery of a high-powered boat that was reportedly stolen from the neighbouring Dutch-speaking Republic of Suriname.
The boat was recovered on Thursday in the Mahaica Creek.
The three persons arrested include a woman and two men from Unity and Mahaica, and police are said to be looking for the alleged mastermind of the heist.
The boat was stolen about two weeks ago, and local police were informed.
Kaieteur News understands that three Guyanese and a Surinamese stole the vessel that reportedly belonged to a Surinamese police officer.
The men brought the boat to Guyana, and the Surinamese was unceremoniously dumped off in the vicinity of Mahaicony.
It was he who provided local police with a description of the boat.
The Surimanese had contacted his embassy in Georgetown and was given a passage back to Suriname, while local police continued the search.
On Thursday, the police received information that the boat was seen in the Mahaica River. A party of policemen reportedly went to a location in the Mahaica River where the boat was recovered.

Man held with forged currency, granted bail
A young man, who was reportedly found with twenty-two forged thousand-dollar bills, was yesterday slapped with two counts of forging money.
Quacy Henry was allegedly found with the money in his possession on August 10, last. However, in court yesterday, Henry pleaded not guilty to two counts of uttering forged currency and forging Guyana currency. "Your worship, the money was given to me accidentally and me ain't know anything 'bout it," the youngster told Principal Magistrate Cecil Sullivan.
Magistrate Sullivan subsequently granted Henry $20,000 bail. The matter will resume on September 20.

Businessman robbed of $900,000 in raw gold
Three gunmen escaped with almost a million dollars in raw gold, a motorcycle and a .32 pistol on Thursday, after holding up a young businessman on the Arakaka trail.
Reports out of the interior said that Troy Phillips, 25, of Arakaka, North West District, and a friend were shot and forced to hand over their valuables shortly after 16:00 hrs while riding a four-wheeled motorcycle.
Kaieteur News understands that the friends were heading out of the Arakaka backdam when three men with handguns suddenly emerged out of a clump of bushes and blocked the trail.
After discharging a few rounds, the men ordered Phillips and his friend to lie on the ground.
They then relieved the two, Phillips and his friend, of 15 ounces of raw gold and two pennyweight of gold valued at $900,000; their motorcycle valued at $2M and a firearm.
The men then raced off on the stolen motorcycle. No arrests have been made.

Uitvlugt man shot in foot during robbery
An Uitvlugt resident was shot in his right foot by one of two bandits who had entered his home around 3:00 hours Wednesday morning.
Rahaman Dookie was shot in his right heel when he confronted the bandits who had entered his house through a window.
According to reports, Dookie and his wife were in bed when they were aroused by a noise coming from a window of their Uitvlugt Pasture home.
Dookie got up to check and came face to face with the bandits who were carrying a handgun and cutlass.
One of the bandits discharged a round, which hit Dookie on the foot.
The sound of the gunshot aroused several neighbours and in an apparent state of panic, one of the bandits grabbed Dookie's cell phone and they both bolted from the house.
Dookie reported the matter to the police who recovered a length of rope which was suspected to have been used by the bandits to gain entry to the house.
Dookie was treated at the West Demerara Regional Hospital and sent away.
No one has been arrested so far.

Pump attendant robbed at gunpoint
SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD, Mahendra Rampersaud, a pump attendant at Rahaman Gas station, Coverden, on the East Bank of Demerara, was robbed at gunpoint by two men.
The incident occurred at around 20:30 hrs, yesterday.
According to reports, Rampersaud was relieved of a pyramid amplifier, valued $30,000 and one Coby Discman, valued $7,000 by two identifiable men, who were armed with a pump action single barrel shot gun and a cutlass.
Kaieteur News understands that Rampersaud was on his way home from work and was about to enter his gate when he heard the men shout at him. As he looked around, one of the men, who was masked, approached him, but he managed to run into his house.
According to reports, the men gave chase and subsequently gained entry into the house by removing several louvre panes from a northern window and carried away the above-mentioned articles.
A source told this newspaper that the men demanded that all the cash be handed over as well as the keys for the gas station, which Rampersaud normally keep in his possession.
He, however, told them that the keys were not in his possession.
The men then took Rampersaud to the back of the house. Just then, the victim's father along with another friend entered the yard with a car scaring the robbers off.
At this point, the men released Rampersaud, but not before discharging a round in the air and making good their escape.
The matter was reported to the Police who later visited the scene. However, they found no spent shells and up to press time no arrest was made.

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