Overland Guyana Travel

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Visiting Guyana[edit]

Give a brief overview of what it's like to visit. How easy is the border, how safe is the country, are there great things to see and do, etc.

Entering Guyana with a Car or Motorbike[edit]

Correct as of: Jan 2015

Required Paperwork[edit]

(To check if you need a travel Visa for Guyana, application instructions and fees see: Guyana Visa online application at VisaHQ.com)

(3 copies of each are required)

Oct 2013 @ Lethem required: 2 copies Passport, 2 copies front and back of Drivers license, two copies of vehicle title, two copies of insurance purchasable in Lethem. They allowed me to drive into Lethem for this. Insurance company made copies for me except for the insurance document which was too long and had to be copied at the Savanna Supermarket for a pittance.

Jan 2015, coming from Suriname: Insurance was checked on both sides of border. 'International' insurance paperwork sufficed.

Process at border[edit]

from Brazil, into Lethem: You follow the road from Brazil via a double roundabout, making you driving left hand automatically to enter the country. At customs, this is the first and only building you stop. At the counter you fill in a tourist card and receive a stamp in the passport. Lunchtime is from 12:00 to 14:00 p.m.

Jan 2015, coming from Suriname: Process on both sides of border was very slow. On Suriname side they opened the gate at 6am and closed it at 8am for the 9.30am ferry departure. There is a campsite next to the ferry terminal on the Suriname side, with cut grass, shelters, toilets and showers. Ferry payable in cash only, USD or SRD. Prices in USD were $15.00 USD per person and $40.00 USD for motorhome.
Process was:

  1. Pay for ferry tickets at window and swap your passport for number tags.
  2. Wait inside for return of passports and ferry tickets (give number tickets back in exchange).
  3. Proceed to immigration for passport stamping.
  4. Go to customs to exit vehicle (this can also be done by one person while the other waits for passports and tickets (step 2).

On Guyana side (coming from Suriname): Join queue for foreigners. They will take passport and get you to sit down. Passport will be returned and you'll be directed to customs, keep asking directions. Have $1.00 USD (200 GYD) ready (exchange some on either side of border) to pay for car paperwork.

Leaving Guyana to Brazil (at Lethem): This process is very easy.

NB: Exiting to Brazil: if you are carrying a passport that needs a visa for Brazil (maybe your previous one expired) the Brazil Consulate in Lethem was closed as of Jan 2015 and people were being told to return to Georgetown for visas(!), they explained that due to a new need for fingerprinting they did not expect to again issue visas in Lethem in the near future.

Cost of entry[edit]

No entry fees

Permitted length of stay[edit]

  • 90 days for person
  • 2 weeks for vehicle import permit

Extension of stay[edit]

Describe the process to extend the permitted length of entry for the vehicle, if possible.

Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country[edit]

Describe if/how a vehicle can be stored, and for how long.
Also mention if the owner / temporary importer can leave the country while the vehicle is in storage.

Exiting with a vehicle[edit]

The Federal Police cancel vehicle import permit. You will receive a document. In the office next door, they stamped your passport and keep your tourist card. Lunchtime is from 12:00 to 14:00 p.m.

Driving in Guyana[edit]

Recommended books for Overlanding in Guyana[edit]

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Travel insurance for Guyana[edit]

World Nomads offer the most flexible Travel Insurance at the best prices for multi-country / multi-year trips. You can buy, extend and claim online, even after you've left home.

Vehicle insurance requirements[edit]

Car insurance is mandatory.
It is possible to enter on an 'international' policy. In Guyana we (The Belgian and the Aussie) heard radio advertisements stating that a policy from Assuria could also be validated for cover in Suriname. Therefore, it is suggested that if you are buying insurance from Assuria and traveling in both countries, ask if you can have a policy that covers both Guyana and Suriname.

Cost of vehicle insurance[edit]

$14.00 USD for 1 month (minimum period)

Where to purchase vehicle insurance[edit]

• Insurance companies are in Lethem, 2.5 km away. You get permission without your vehicle import permit to drive to Lethem to arrange the insurance. • On Saturday and Sunday, all insurance offices closed. Because we arrived on Saturday, we got permission to spend the weekend (without vehicle permit) in Lethem. During lunchtime the insurance offices closed.
Coming from Suriname, you can buy insurance in Neiuw Nickerie.

Driving license[edit]

International Driving Permit was requested at the Lethem customs and I got the impression it was required.

Driving side of road[edit]

Left.
LHD vehicles can be driven in Guyana.

Mandatory items in vehicle[edit]

State any mandatory items that must be carried in the vehicle. (i.e. safety triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, etc.)

Roads[edit]

General Road quality[edit]

It's wonderful to be in a south American country with so few speed bumps! Roads are generally good. Then dirt road from Linden to Lethem was good as of Jan 2103, but could be slippery if wet or boggy in parts if very wet.

Road signs[edit]

Going from Suriname border to Georgetown there were signs indicating the direction to travel. Leaving Georgetown to Linden there aren't any signs giving directions, and the GPS wasn't helpful. Taxi drivers will point you the right way.

Toll roads[edit]

Jan 2015 . Coming from Georgetown in direction of either border (Brazil or Suriname) you will be asked to pay tolls for Bridges, roads, ferries but not when you travel towards Georgetown. This is handy if you don't yet have GYD. Tolls were (to be paid in GYD): Georgetown to Lethem: Linden bridge $0.40 USD, Toll road through private forest $4.83 USD, Ferry $33.78 USD. Ferry ticket is supposed to be pre-purchased in Georgetown or Linden at MMC office. We were told this could be found in Linden at Western Union, Bill Express, and Nigels Supermarket. If you haven't pre-purchased a ticket hope that the man is feeling kind and will sell you a ticket there (he did for the Belgium and the Aussie). He did ask for a tip for doing this. Georgetown to Suriname border: There is a toll on the bridge at New Amsterdam (price not known). Note that the pontoon bridge on the Linden-Lethem road is free northbound.

Bribery in Guyana[edit]

Briefly describe how common bribery is and whether it should be expected, and the best way to deal with it.

Checkpoints[edit]

describe the frequency of checkpoints (police or military and what to expect.

Traveling with pets[edit]

List the entry requirements and anything else required to travel with a pet.

Gas price in Guyana and Diesel price in Guyana[edit]

Last updated: Jan 2015)
All stations expected us to pay for diesel in cash. As of Jan 2015 Fuel was less expensive in Guyana than in Suriname or Brazil. Fuel is less expensive in Georgetown.

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Gasoline Grade Price
Regular (87) $0.00 USD per Gallon (US)
Super (88) $0.00 USD per Gallon (US)
Premium (90) $0.00 USD per Gallon (US)
Ultra (95) $0.00 USD per Gallon (US)
Diesel $5.00 USD per Gallon (US)

Link to external websites with price & quality information, if available.

Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency[edit]

Fuel was generally available throughout the country. Traveling from Linden to Lethem you could buy fuel half way, although the price was higher. Note that if you are traveling from Lethem into Brazil there is no fuel available until Boa Vista (Brazil), so you may need to purchased fuel in Lethem.

Briefly describe if gas shortages are known to occur.
Also state the approximate average distance between gas stations. This is a very rough estimate.

Gas and Diesel Quality[edit]

Discuss if gasoline / diesel considered "clean" or "dirty", and generally high or low quality.
State the sulfur content of diesel, if known.

Safety and Security Considerations[edit]

Driving at night[edit]

Discuss driving at night and if it should it be avoided. Mention why.

Vehicle parking[edit]

Georgetown is considered an unsafe city. We (the Belgian and the Aussie) asked permission to park and sleep in the vehicle in the guarded parking of Pegasus Hotel. They allowed this, but as it is provided free it is advisable to spend some money in the restaurant/bar. From the Pegasus Hotel we could take an inexpensive taxi to sights or walk into the town center.

Special driving considerations[edit]

A List of special things to be careful of (i.e. Unsigned speed bumps, abnormal road rules, people or animals on the road, etc.).
List any roads that are not recommended to drive for safety or other security reasons.

Security advisories and information[edit]

Camping in Guyana[edit]

The only paid camping found in Guyana was at Oasis Lodge at Annai (on the Linden-Lethem road). It was $4.83 USD per person per night with showers and toilets and (in Jan 2015) fresh mangoes from trees.
Street camping was fine in Urban Areas, or outside the guesthouse before the Ferry heading to Lethem.
Camping is also possible in some Amerindian Villages, with their permission. See Special Overland Travel Interests below.

Camping guide books[edit]

List and link to books specifically for camping.

Drinking water[edit]

Describe if the regular tap water is safe to drink. If not, describe where safe water can be purchased and the approximate average price range.

Navigation[edit]

Paper maps[edit]

Reise Know-How are among the best paper maps. Purchase paper maps before arriving in Guyana

Guyana, Suriname, Franzosisch-guayana = Guyana, Surina...
Guyana, Suriname, Franzosisch-guayana = Guyana, Surina...
by Reise Know-How Verlag
From $9.34 on Amazon
Masters Of All They Surveyed: Exploration, Geography, ...
Masters Of All They Surveyed: Exploration, Geography, ...
by D. Graham Burnett
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Guyana 1:850,000 & The Guainas Travel Map (travel Refe...
Guyana 1:850,000 & The Guainas Travel Map (travel Refe...
by ITM Canada
From $7.99 on Amazon
Lonely Planet South America On A Shoestring (travel Gu...
Lonely Planet South America On A Shoestring (travel Gu...
by Lonely Planet, Regis St Louis, Sandra Bao, Celeste...
From $15.79 on Amazon

The above map by International Travel Maps was found to be very wrong in respect of the route from Georgetown to Lethem.

GPS Maps of Guyana[edit]

The Garmin South America map (purchasable) wasn't very useful for Guyana.

GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in Guyana[edit]

  • iOverlander is a website and iPhone application designed by Overlanders, for Overlanders. It contains GPS co-ordinates and reviews for camping, hotels, propane, water, mechanics, borders and much more.
  • We camped at "58" on the Linden-Lethem road. It was about 80% of the way from Lethem. Free, safe, with free shower and clean bathrooms and a restaurant that serves food. Gas also available. Good place to spend the night coming from Lethem. Left Lethem 0600 arrived here at 1730.

Special Overland Travel interests[edit]

  • The only ATMs accepting international cards were Scotiabank: Found in Georgetown (and conveniently there is one at Pegasus Hotel (see parking information)), and New Amsterdam. Maximum withdrawal is GYD30000 ($14.48 USD), and the machines charge a hefty fee of GYD1048($5.06 USD).
  • Official Taxi's in Georgetown have number plates commencing with 'H'.
  • No real coffee could be found at supermarkets in Guyana.
  • Guyana is famous for a 15 year old rum that has been winning best rum in the world for 15 years, as the Hotel Pegasus (Georgetown) will allow you to park and stay in their guarded parking (for free), the bar there is a good place to try it.
  • We (The Belgian and the Aussie) camped in the Amerindian village of Nappi in the Rupununi area. Permission should be requested from the Village captain to pass through or stay in an Amerindian village. We didn't know what to do (their isn't any signs) so we parked at the sports field and the captain came to us. He collected GYD1000 ($4.83 USD) and a donation for an upcoming event. September is Amerindian month and recommended as a time to visit. Ask Shirley at the Souvenir shop next to the airfield in Lethem if you'd like to know more, or just turn up like we did.

Vehicle Maintenance[edit]

Dealers[edit]

4x4s / Trucks

Motorbikes

Local Garages[edit]

Add known good mechanics here.

Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Guyana[edit]

Buy
Describe how a foreigner can buy a vehicle. List any difficulties or limitations on where the vehicle can be driven.

Sell
Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.'

References[edit]

Links to the source of any information - blogs or discussion forums, etc.


Helpful External links[edit]

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