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The Co-operative Republic of Guyana, or Guyana, is located at the northern part of South America. Its neighbors are Brazil, Suriname and Venezuela. It was formerly named the British Guiana, and was once colonized by the Dutch, French, Spanish and the British, and is still part of the Commonwealth of Nations. Guyana is very famous for the rich biodiversity of animal and plant life that can still be found in the forests and different habitats in the country. It is one of the habitats often cited by famous explorers and naturalists such as Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir David Attenborough. Many habitats and nature parks and sites in Guyana are included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list.
UK passport holders can go to Guyana without the need for a visa and are permitted to stay there for 30 days. They are required to have a UK passport that is valid for at least 6 months if they are going to visit Guyana. UK passport holders should also have tickets for their trip that will show proof of how long they will be staying in the country. There is a required departure tax that must be paid when leaving Guyana which amounts to £13.00 or US$20.00.
Although the limit for the allowable stay in Guyana is 30 days, interested individuals who would like to stay longer can apply for extra days at the Guyana Ministry of Home Affairs, which is located in Georgetown, the country’s capital. UK citizens must remember to follow these guidelines for visitors since The Guyana government is very strict and have very heavy penalties for those caught overstaying in the country. Visitors who are caught will be put in jail for one year, asked to pay a fine of 50,000 Guyana Dollars and will be deported from Guyana after they come out of jail.
The UK government also advises its citizens to be very careful since there is a very high incidence of crime in the country. Drug trafficking is also a major problem in the country and there are very heavy penalties for offenders who are caught.
UK citizens who are interested in travelling to Guyana may check with the Guyana High Commission in London for updates on travel requirements or answers to any inquiries they may have. They are open to the public 10:00AM to 2:30PM, Mondays to Fridays.
Guyana High Commission in London
3 Palace Court
London W2 4LP