Guyana Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
Eat Drink 5
malaria 4
Typhoid & Polio 3
cholera 2
yellow fever 1


Due to the very poor medical care, travel health insurance that includes return transport in an emergency should be taken out before you travel. Hospital treatment is free in Georgetown, but doctors charge a fee. An individual first-aid kit should be taken with you and protected according to the temperatures on the way. Check directoryaah for more information.

Notes vaccinations

[1] A vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required for all travelers who are older than one year and wish to enter within 6 days of staying in an infected area designated by the WHO or from one of the following African countries: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Cameroon, Kenya, Congo (Rep.), Congo (Dem. Rep.), Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé & Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tanzania, Togo, Chad, Uganda and Central African Republic. A vaccination certificate is also required when entering the country from the following Central and South American countries: Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela. Excluded are transit passengers in Guyana. Irrespective of the entry requirements, a yellow fever vaccination is medically advisable. [2] A certificate of vaccination against cholera is not an entry requirement, but there is a risk of infection, especially in the Barina/Waini and Pomeroon/Supenaam regions. To protect oneself, one should practice careful drinking water and food hygiene. Since the effectiveness of the vaccination is disputed, it is advisable to seek medical advice in good time before you travel. Contrary to official regulations, a cholera vaccination may occasionally be required, especially when arriving from a country with cholera or when entering outside of international airports. [3] Typhoid can occur, poliomyelitis does not occur. Typhoid vaccination is recommended for backpacking and long-term stays. [4] Year-round protection against malaria required in all parts of the country, especially in the interior. Sporadic malaria risk on the heavily populated coast. The more dangerous form Plasmodium falciparum (47%) is said to be highly resistant to chloroquine. Recommendation: mosquito repellent and emergency medication. [5] Nationwide there is an increased risk of infection for various infectious diseases that are transmitted through contaminated food or drinks (e.g. hepatitis A, typhoid fever, bacterial dysentery, amoebic dysentery, lambliasis, worm diseases). The tap water in Guyana is not suitable for drinking. Bottled water is therefore recommended, which is readily available. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Outside of urban areas, milk is unpasteurized and should be boiled. Only mix dry and canned milk with sterile water. Consumption of domestic dairy products made from unboiled milk should be avoided. Travelers should definitely pay attention to special hygiene measures before eating fruit, vegetables and meat as well as fish and seafood. Caution should be exercised before consuming fish and seafood that are offered as delicacies in restaurants because of possible algae poisoning.

Other risks

Chagas disease caused by assassin bugs occurs sporadically. Travelers who stay in simple huts and in the open air are recommended to use mosquito nets to protect them from insects. Dengue fever, transmitted by mosquitoes, occurs nationwide. A careful mosquito repellent is appropriate all year round. Filariasis caused by insects also occurs nationwide. Travelers reduce the risk of transmission if they use an effective insect repellent. Hepatitis A occurs, hepatitis B is highly endemic. Vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended, for long-term stays and for children and adolescents also against hepatitis B. HIV/AIDS is widespread and a great danger for everyone risk of infection: Unprotected sexual contact, unclean syringes or cannulas and blood transfusions can pose a significant health risk. rabies occurs. Carriers include dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible. The Zika virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. Symptoms include fever, joint pain and conjunctivitis. The infection often goes unnoticed or only has mild symptoms. The isolated deaths documented so far were mainly related to other pre-existing conditions. The Federal Foreign Office advises pregnant women against non-essential travel to areas with current Zika outbreaks because the virus is suspected of causing microcephaly in the unborn child. There is neither a vaccination nor a medicinal prophylaxis. Consistent compliance with personal mosquito protection measures is recommended.



1 Guyanese dollar = 100 cents. Currency code: G$, GYD (ISO code). Banknotes come in G$5000, G$1000, G$500, G$100 and G$20; Coins are in denominations of G$10, G$5 and G$1. US dollars are widely accepted.

Credit cards

The most common credit cards, especially Visa and Mastercard, are accepted in larger hotels, banks, travel agencies, larger shops and restaurants. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.


Bank cards With certain credit cards and pin numbers, money can be withdrawn from some ATMs. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used in Guyana at a few ATMs with the Cirrus or Maestro symbol. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey. ATMs are mostly only found in Georgetown, New Amsterdam and Bartica.

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and are hardly available in Austria. Travelers checks can be cashed in Guyana in Georgetown and in Bartica banks.

Bank opening hours

Mon-Fri 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (deviations are possible).

Foreign exchange regulations

No restrictions on the import and export of local currency. No restrictions on importing foreign currencies, obligation to declare. Export of foreign currencies up to the amount declared upon entry minus the exchange amounts.

Currency Exchange

Cambios are the licensed exchange offices. You should keep the receipt for the return exchange at the end of the trip. Only a few ATMs accept foreign credit cards, but here the exchange rate is cheaper than normal money exchange.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
GYD G$ 1 EUR = G$214.86
1 CHF = G$255.83
1 USD = G$206.62

Guyana Money