Guyana Guide

Guyana Guide

Country data

Location: Northern South America

Time zone: CET – 5 (during summer time: CET – 6)

Total area: 214,969 km²

Land area: 196,849 km²

Water area: 18,120 km²

Length of the state border: 2,933 km

Bordering countries are accounted for:
Brazil: 1,308 km
Suriname: 836 km
Venezuela: 789 km

Coastline: 459 km

Capital: Georgetown

Regions: 10
Barima-Waini, Cuyuni-Mazaruni, Demerara-Mahaica, East Berbice-Corentyne, Essequibo Islands-West Demerara, Mahaica-Berbice, Pomeroon-Supenaam, Potaro-Siparuni, Upper Demerara-Berbice, Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo

Electric current: 110/220 V / 50/60 Hz

Telephone code: 00 592 (Source: Allcitycodes)

Highest point: Mount Roraima 2,835 m

Population

Population: approx. 735,000 residents (Countryaah, 2021)

Population growth: -0.1% per year

Population density (residents per km²): 3.4

Life expectancy: 65 (male), 71 (female)

Official language: English

Religions:

  • 30% Protestants
  • 28% Hindu
  • 8% Roman Catholic
  • 7% Muslim
  • 27% other

Climate

The climate is tropical, hot and humid. There are 2 rainy seasons, each from May to mid-August and from mid-November to mid-January. The humidity is always quite high, especially in the morning.

The temperature fluctuates between 20 ° C and 35 ° C throughout the year.

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Currency / finance

Currency unit: Guyana dollar (GYD)

Division: 1 dollar = 100 cents

ATMs: There are very few ATMs in the larger cities. Most of these machines do not accept foreign cards.

International credit cards: These are only accepted by a few larger hotels and shops.

Regulations: There is no limit to the amount of foreign currencies that can be imported. The export is permitted in the amount of the declared import. There is an obligation to declare.

The local currency can be imported and exported up to an amount of 200 Guyana dollars. However, the national currency cannot be exchanged outside the country.

Money should only be exchanged in official exchange offices or banks. One is often betrayed on the street.

Customs regulations

The following may be carried duty-free:

  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 200 g tobacco
  • 0.75 liters of alcoholic beverages
  • small amounts of perfume

(Information applies to people aged 18 and over)

Tourists and people in transit can bring items of personal use with them duty-free.

Travel advice

An increase in Zika virus infections is currently being observed in the region. The Zika virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes.

The Federal Foreign Office recommends that pregnant women refrain from avoidable trips to ZIKA virus outbreak areas, as the risk of early childhood malformations if the woman is infected cannot currently be ruled out.

Behavioral advice

The crime rate is very high across the country. Robberies, thefts and extortions are particularly common in the capital, Georgetown. Many of the perpetrators are armed.

After dark you shouldn’t be out and about. Even during the day it is advisable not to go out alone and to form a convoy when driving.

Economy

Agriculture, which is very effective, provides Guyana with most of the food it needs. This means that there is little dependency on imports.

The main export is bauxite, which brings in over a quarter of foreign currency.

Industries: mining, fishing, agriculture, textiles

Natural resources: bauxite, diamonds, fish, gold, wood

Land use:

  • Usable land: 2%
  • Grain cultivation: 0%
  • Pasture area: 6%
  • Forests: 84%
  • other: 8%
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