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A person or individual who wishes to travel to a certain country or territory may need to obtain an entry visa before going to their planned destination. They should check with the embassy or consulate of the country they are planning to travel to and learn the necessary requirements or documents needed to be permitted to enter the territory or country. Some countries do not require certain nationalities or passport holders of certain countries to get hold of an entry visa to be allowed entrance to their territory.
US citizens with US passports that are still valid for at least six months can travel to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana without the need to get an entry visa before going there. They will be allowed to stay in Guyana for thirty days. On February 15, 1993, the government of Guyana has allowed citizens from the United States, and numerous other countries, to travel to Guyana without the need for an entry visa.
US passport holders who would like to stay in Guyana longer than the allowed time may apply for an extension at the Guyana Ministry of Home Affairs, located at 60 Brickdam Street in Georgetown, which is Guyana’s capital. After getting an extension permit, they must have their US passport stamped or signed for the extension by officers of the Guyana Central Office of Immigrations, which can be found at Camp Street also in Georgetown. They must remember to apply for an extension and not overstay in Guyana because they may face imprisonment and deportation if they get caught by Guyana authorities.
If US passport holders are travelling to Guyana for other reasons, such as business or employment, they can check with the Embassy of Guyana in Washington DC for required permits or documents needed before travelling. If they are already in Guyana, they can inquire at the Guyana Ministry of Home Affairs in Georgetown.
The US government has put out warnings to their citizens who are travelling to Guyana to be very vigilant and to be very careful since Guyana has a very high crime rate, with major crimes such as murder and armed robbery. Tourists are advised not to go around at night and to avoid going to the villages of Agricola and Buxton. US citizens who are become victims of any form of criminal activity should report the incident to Guyana police, although they may not be of much help to them due to their limited resources. They should also get in touch with the American Citizens Services Unit of the Consular Section of the US Embassy in Guyana in 100 Young & Duke Streets, Georgetown.
For other questions regarding travel to Guyana and other matters, the Embassy of Guyana in Washington DC can address these inquiries.