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Guyana and Canada share a strong bilateral relationship, commercial links, development assistance, and immigration. The two countries also relate in terms of people-to-people links. There are about 200,000 Guyanese diasporas in Canada. The two countries benefit from substantial import-export trade relations.

Tourism is another important area where Canada and Guyana share relations. The Guyanese-Canadian Tourism Council (GCTC) was launched in late 2018 with an aim to promote Guyana as a tourist destination for Canadians. GCTC also urged the Guyana Police Force to reduce the crime rate in the South American country so as to promote tourism.

Canadians visit Guyana basically for tourism, trade, and investment. When traveling to Guyana, Canadians need to have the appropriate Guyana travel insurance or private medical coverage to protect them and their loved ones in case of hospitalization, sickness, and injury while in Guyana.

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Basic Information About Guyana

Some important information on Guyana Travel Insurance that we think you’ll want to know before you travel.

Name Value
Currency Guyanese dollar
Official languages English and Guyanese Creole
Capital Georgetown
Continent South America
Population Approx. 778,000
Plug type Plug type A, B, D and G
Driving side Left-hand side
  • Spring – March to May
  • Summer – June to August
  • Autumn – September to November
  • Winter – December to February
Laws Local laws and customs


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Guyana Security Measures for travelers

The decision to travel to Guyana is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. However, we provide you credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to help you to stay safe and to make an informed decision as regards traveling abroad.

Risk Level

Guyana – Exercise a high degree of caution

Due to a high rate of crime in Guyana, exercise a high degree of caution in Guyana.

Travel Health Notice – Zika virus

The Public Health Agency of Canada advises Canadians to practice special health precautions when traveling to Guyana and other countries affected by Zika virus. Pregnant and would-be pregnant women are advised to avoid traveling to Guyana.

Entry / Exit requirements

Guyana, just like every other country, decides who passes through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf with respect to the entry and/or exit requirements of Guyana.

The information on this page was obtained from Guyanese authorities; however, it can change at any time. Moreover, you can verify the information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.


Your entry requirement depends on the type of passport you hold and use to travel. Contact your transportation company to find out about the applicable entry requirement before you travel.

  • Regular Canadian Passport – You must hold a passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond the duration you intend to stay in Guyana.
  • Passport for official travel – Different rules may apply. Learn more about official travel here.
  • Other travel documents – The entry rules that apply when you are traveling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document may differ. Find out about the applicable entry rule from the closest diplomatic mission for Guyana before you travel.

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Guyana Healthcare

There are lots of hospitals in Guyana, both public and private. However, healthcare standards and facilities in Guyana may not be up to Canada’s standard but medical treatment could be expensive, especially if you do not have Guyana travel insurance. Some hospitals may even ask for cash payment. This is why you need to travel with enough cash to cover potential cost and Guyana travel insurance to provide the coverage you need.

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Guyana Travel Insurance News

A Fly Jamaica aircraft skidded off the runway following a hydraulic failure on November 9, 2018, in Guyana, Georgetown. As a result, an elderly Canadian woman, Rookhia Kalloo, was killed in the process.

Kalloo was 86 at the time the incidence occurred. The Boeing 757-200 aircraft was enroute to Toronto after leaving Cheddy Jagan International Airport in Georgetown, Guyana. According to Carl Bowen, the airline spokesman, there were 120 passengers on the plane and the right wing and engine of the airplane were badly damaged in the crash.

In a report initially issued by Fly Jamaica, after the landing two elderly passengers were taken to hospital as a precaution but no one was injured. 82 Canadians were onboard the flight.

According to Starbroek News, a Guyana newspaper, Kalloo was behaving oddly a day after the crash but she did not appear to be physically injured. She was admitted to the hospital on Monday, November 12, 2018, and was diagnosed with a head injury and she died a day after.

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Guyana Travel Insurance FAQ

Do you need a Visa for travelling to Guyana?

Canadians do not require a visa to travel to Guyana. However, if you are traveling for tourism to Guyana, the visa-free travel is only valid up to 90 days. Business visas and student visas are not required for Canadians traveling for business and education respectively. If you are traveling for business, you are required to present a business letter showing all the necessary information about the reason for your visit to Guyana.

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Can I buy multiple travel insurance policies?

You can buy multiple Guyana travel insurance policies but the policies should be purchased from different providers. However, you are not allowed to double dip when purchasing more than one policy.

Does travel insurance cover doctor visits?

Your Guyana travel insurance policy may include coverage for outpatient services such as doctor visits.

Can I buy travel insurance the day I leave?

You can buy a Guyana travel insurance policy the day you leave Canada to Guyana or even later. Several insurers offer usage-based policies that make it easy to purchase travel insurance coverage on the go. This also allows you to manage your policy as much as possible.

How long does a travel insurance claim take?

The length of time it will take you to receive an outcome depends on the type of claim you want to make. However, if you provide the necessary documents to your insurer, you should get an outcome in 10-14 business days.

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