Guyana Practical Information

South America & Guyana Practial Information

Guyana: What to Expect – Day to Day Experiences

Visas

In order to be able to travel into Guyana, all foreign visitors such have a passport that is valid for 6 months from the point of visit as well as a return ticket. All British, Australlian, Canadian, USA and other EU travellers are not required to have a visa. These travellers are allowed to stay within Guyana for 30 days. If you require a longer stay, this will be taken up with The Ministry of Home Affairs.

Money

The Guyanese Doller (GYD)

Insurance

Adequate travel insurance is mandatory for everyone who participates in a Pioneer expedition. Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance is required for all participants. We strongly recommend that you take out baggage loss and accident insurance. Please bring a copy of your insurance policy and contact numbers to give to your expedition leader in case of illness or accident.

Enviromental

Many of the places you will visit are pristine. As travellers, we should try to have as little impact on these natural environments as possible. As such we recommend the following:

1/ We discourage the use of soaps when washing both body and clothes. Vigorous scrubbing is usually sufficient. Even biodegradable soap is not good for any water course and as such is harmful to the eco-system

2/ Please do not dispose of plastic bags and wrappers in either pits or in fires. These take years to degrade or let off toxic fumes when burnt. Simply put them in your pack until you return home (they can be discarded in waste bins before going through customs and immigration).

3/ Please do not dispose of batteries in country. They are extremely harmful to the environment and usually local governments do not have any means to dispose of them correctly. Return old batteries to your home country for disposal there.

4/ At campsites, use toilet facilities that are provided. If you are in the remote, walk off the track and dig a small hole approximately 15cm deep and at least 100m from any water course. If safe to do so, burn used toilet paper in the hole (toilet paper takes a long time to degrade). Once fire is out, cover with soil. In rocky terrain (where a hole cannot be dug), cover waste with rocks. Tampons and sanitary pads should be placed in a plastic bag and placed in the rubbish bin back at camp. By abiding by these simple guidelines, you will be protecting the local environment for the people who live there and for your children’s children.

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