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About Guyana

Christopher Columbus sailed off the coast of Guyana in 1498 but it was not until a century later that the first Europeans settled in the area. Sir Walter Raleigh visited the territory in 1595 and this was followed by several unsuccessful attempts to establish permanent settlements.

The Dutch finally succeeded in 1616 with the establishment of a settlement at Kyk-over-al on an island in the Essequibo River where the remnants of a fort can still be seen. A number of other settlements later sprang up in Essequibo.

A second colony was carved out in Berbice when a settlement was established there in 1627. Subsequently, the colony of Demerara was also settled by the Dutch. During the 18th and 19th centuries, these three colonies changed hands several times.

The British seized them from the Dutch in 1781 but lost them to the French six months later. The French held them for two years before restoring them to the Dutch in 1783. In 1796, the British again captured the colonies but handed them back to the Dutch in 1802.

The British recaptured them in the following year and in 1831 united them as the Colony of British Guiana. They ruled the colony until May 1966 when it became an independent state within the British Commonwealth of Nations. On February 23, 1970, Guyana became a Cooperative Republic within the Commonwealth


Visa Information

Guyana Visa Information      Visa Exemption

All visitors require a passport which is valid for at least 6 months. Those arriving by plane are required to have an onward plane ticket.

Visas are necessary for all visitors except nationals of the following countries:

•    Antigua and Barbuda
•    Argentina
•    Austria
•    Australia
•    Barbados
•    Belgium
•    Belize
•    Bolivia (Holders of Diplomatic, Special and Official Passports)
•    Brazil
•    Canada
•    Chile (Holders of Diplomatic and Special Passports)
•    China (Holders of Diplomatic, Official or Service Passports or Passports endorsed “Public Affairs”)
•    Colombia (Holders of Diplomatic and Official Passports)
•    Cuba ( Holders of Diplomatic, Official and Special Passports)
•    Denmark
•    Dominica
•    Finland
•    France
•    Germany
•    Greece
•    Grenada
•    Haiti (Holders of Diplomatic, Official and Special Passport; Businessmen holding valid Schengen, US &   Canadian visas)
•    India (Holders of Diplomatic and Special Passports)
•    Iran (Holders of Diplomatic and Service Passports)
•    Ireland, Republic of
•    Italy
•    Jamaica
•    Japan
•    Luxembourg
•    Mexico (Holders of Diplomatic and Special Passports)
•    Montserrat
•    New Zealand
•    North Korea
•    Norway
•    Peru (Holders of Diplomatic, Service, Official and Special Passports)
•    Portugal
•    Russian Federation
•    South Africa
•    South Korea
•    Spain
•    St. Christopher and Nevis (St. Kitts)
•    St. Lucia
•    St. Vincent & the Grenadines
•    Suriname
•    Sweden
•    Switzerland
•    The Bahamas
•    The Netherlands
•    Trinidad and Tobago
•    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
•    United States of America
•    Uruguay (Holders of Diplomatic, Official and Special Passports)
•    Venezuela (Holders of Diplomatic and Special Passports)

       Visitors are advised to check with the nearest Guyana Embassy or Consulate or their travel agent.



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