http://www.uog.edu.gy/ (University of Georgetown)
http://guyanafriends.com/eve/ubb.x?a=frm&s=890601562&f=860604972 (online forums)
http://www.goinvest.gov.gy/ (Guyana Office for Investment) (Information/Computer Technology Investment Incentives)
PNC Press Releases + PPP Press Releases (both of these are blank/offline?)
http://www.sdnp.org.gy/ "sustainable development network program"
Guyana Starbroek News (Real Estate Classifieds)|
Guyana Weekend Mirror "The People's Paper"
Guyana Journal (website only?)
Kaieteur News (news)
• Guyana Chronicle (Georgetown)
• Mirror (Georgetown)
• New Nation, The (Georgetown)
• Stabroek News (Georgetown)
The daily newspaper is the Guyana Chronicle which is state owned.
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.
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
Post & Communications:
Don’t 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 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.
coastline: 459 km Climate: tropical; hot, humid, moderated by northeast trade winds; two rainy seasons (May to mid-August, mid-November to mid-January) Terrain: 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: .gy Internet hosts: 63 (2002) Internet users: 125,000 (2002) Transportation Guyana Top of Page Railways: 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 Highways: total: 7,970 km paved: 590 km unpaved: 7,380 km (1999 est.) Waterways: 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 Airports: 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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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 http://travel.state.gov or http://www.usembguyana.gov.
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.
Immigration officers have the authority to issue a visa for up to three months at the time of entering Guyana. Entrant must have:
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
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
Businessman robbed of $900,000 in raw gold
Uitvlugt man shot in foot during robbery
Pump attendant robbed at gunpoint
"Call Guyana for 50 cents a minute from your mobile phone"