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Before You Go

Recommended Vaccinations

Guyana is regarded as a yellow-fever-infected area, and your next destination may require a vaccination certificate, as does Guyana when you arrive. Typhoid, hepatitis A, diphtheria/tetanus and polio inoculations are recommended.

Chloroquine-resistant malaria is endemic, and dengue fever and chikungunya are both also dangers, particularly in the interior and even in Georgetown – protect yourself against mosquitoes and consider taking a malaria prophylaxis. The Zika virus is present in Guyana and pregnant women should not travel here at present. Cholera outbreaks have occurred in areas with unsanitary conditions, but precautions are recommended everywhere.

Health Insurance

You should have health insurance covering medical expenses, which is valid in Guyana, before you travel. You will not normally be asked for evidence of it on arrival, however.

In Guyana

Availability & Cost of Health Care

Adequate medical care is available in Georgetown, at least at private hospitals, but facilities are few elsewhere. Costs are generally low.

Tap Water

Local tap water is suspect, especially in Georgetown. Drink bottled water only.