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All About the Visa for Guyana
Have you ever considered visiting Guyana? Although it is one of the less visited countries in South America, its dense forests are teeming with wildlife and wonder. Before booking a flight and packing your bags, you should read this page carefully to find out everything you need to know about the entry policies to this country.
There are a large number of nationalities, including Canada, the USA and most of Europe, that can visit visa-free for tourism.
However, many other nationalities, including Qatar, the Philippines and Taiwan, must get a standard visa from an embassy or consulate before travelling to Guyana.
Moreover, there is an e-Visa system, but currently only Egyptian nationals are eligible to use it, while just 2 nationalities, Bolivia and the United Arab Emirates, can get a Visa on Arrival (VoA).
Read on to find out which policies apply to your passport and which documents you need to get to visit Guyana as a tourist!
- 1 What Is the Difference Between a Guyana Visa Waiver vs a Standard Tourist Visa?
- 2 Guyana Visa Requirements and Eligibility
- 3 Guyana Visa Application Process
- 4 Guyana Visa Application Form and Documents
- 5 Guyana Visa Status Check
- 6 How Much Does a Guyana Visa Cost?
- 7 More Guyana Visa Questions and Information
What Is the Difference Between a Guyana Visa Waiver vs a Standard Tourist Visa?
Countries that fall under the visa-waiver program can enter the country with just a valid passport without needing to get a travel authorisation document beforehand. From the moment you enter the country under the visa-waiver program, you may stay between 14 days and 180 days, depending on your nationality.
On the other hand, all standard tourist visas are Single-Entry permits valid for up to 30 days. These travel documents must be obtained from an embassy or consulate of Guyana before your trip.
An exception to these regulations are nationals of Bolivia and the United Arab Emirates, who can get a Visa on Arrival (VoA). To do this, you must provide a letter of invitation from a sponsor or host in Guyana at your port of entry.
Guyana Visa Requirements and Eligibility
As you may know, the entry requirements vary depending on your passport. With that in mind, let’s explore which policy applies to each nationality.
List of countries that can visit visa-free for up to 180 days:
Antigua and Barbuda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
List of countries that can visit visa-free for up to 90 days:
In addition to these, if nationals of Guatemala and Mexico have a valid visa from Canada, the United States or the Schengen zone, you may also visit visa-free for up to 90 days.
List of countries that can visit visa-free for up to 60 days:
List of countries that can visit visa-free for up to 30 days:
List of countries that can visit visa-free for up to 14 days:
List of countries eligible for a VoA:
United Arab Emirates
List of countries that must apply for a standard tourist visa at the embassy:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Papua New Guinea
Sao Tome and Principe
Timor-Leste (East Timor)
Holy See (Vatican)
List of countries eligible for an e-Visa:
On occasion, if it is not possible for you to obtain a visa in your country of residence, you may be able to get a Visa on Arrival. Be sure to contact your nearest embassy before travelling, to be sure this is an option for you.
Guyana Visa Application Process
The application process to obtain your Guyana travel document is fairly straightforward as long as you follow each step carefully. Generally, the applications must be submitted in person, although some embassies may allow you to submit a postal application. It is essential you check with your nearest embassy before sending any documents in the post.
- Find your nearest Guyana embassy and make an appointment.
- Download, fill out and sign the application form.
- Collect all the required supporting documents (see section below ‘Application Form and Documents’).
- Attend your appointment at the embassy with all the documents and your original passport.
- Receive your tourist visa stamped into your passport.
- Fly off to one of South America’s most adventurous countries.
Here is a list of Guyana’s diplomatic missions around the world, to help you get started.
South Africa – Pretoria
Barbados – Bridgetown
Brazil – Brasília, Boa Vista
Canada – Ottawa, Toronto
Cuba – Havana
Suriname – Paramaribo, Nickerie
Trinidad and Tobago – Port of Spain
United States – Washington DC, New York
Venezuela – Caracas (Embassy)
China – Beijing
India – New Delhi
Kuwait – Kuwait City
Belgium – Brussels
United Kingdom – London
If you are not able to obtain a visa prior to your arrival, you may be able to get a VoA as long as you have a letter of invitation from a sponsor or host in Guyana. However, it is essential you check with a Guyana embassy beforehand whether this is an option for your specific case and nationality.
Guyana Visa Application Form and Documents
Once you have booked your appointment with the embassy, you can put together all the documents you will need for a successful application. It’s important to fill out the application form carefully and ensure you have all the necessary documents ready for your appointment. We have listed everything you require below to help you prepare in the best way possible:
- A passport with at least 6 months validity on it from your arrival date and 2 blank pages (for your travel permit and the entry and exit stamps).
- A duly completed and signed application form.
- 2 recent passport-size photographs with a plain background.
- Return flight tickets.
In the case of the VoA for citizens of Bolivia and the United Arab Emirates, you must also provide a series of documents at the port of entry into Guyana. These documents are:
- A passport with at least 6 months validity on it from your arrival date and 2 blank pages.
- A duly completed and signed application form.
- 2 passport-style photographs.
- A letter of invitation from your sponsor or host.
- Name, address and contact details of where you will be staying.
- Proof you have funds to cover a stay of 30 days in the country.
The application form is a 4-page document to be completed with your personal details and basic information about your trip.
- Your surname
- Your given names
- Your gender
- Your marital status
- Your nationality
- Your date of birth
- Your hair colour
- Your eye colour
- Your home address
- Your profession
- Your telephone number
- Passport number
- Issue date
- Issue place
- Expiry date
- Reason for your trip (e.g. tourism, studies, visiting family etc.)
- Date of entry
- Length of stay
- Place of entry into the country
- Date of entry into the country
- Address of where you will be staying
- Basic details regarding any previous trips to the country
Guyana Visa Status Check
Once you have submitted your application at the embassy or consulate, you will need to wait around 3 weeks before it will be ready for collection. In most cases, the embassy will notify you when the document is ready, but it’s always a good idea to confirm the process when you apply, as some diplomatic missions may operate slightly differently.
If the designated processing period has passed, and you haven’t received any news, you may wish to contact the embassy or consulate to get an update on the process of your application. To avoid any delays affecting your trip, try to apply for your document at least 1 month before your intended departure date.
How Much Does a Guyana Visa Cost?
The visa fees for a travel document to Guyana are very straightforward, as there is just 1 fee for a standard Single-Entry permit for 30 days that is 25 USD.
If you wish to extend your stay, every extra month on top of the initial 30 days granted will cost an additional 25 USD.
In addition to the embassy fees shown above, you may need to pay additional processing fees in the event you use an agency or third party to facilitate the submission of your application.
For those eligible for a VoA, the fee is the same as a standard permit, so you can expect to pay 25 USD at the border checkpoint when you arrive in the country.
More Guyana Visa Questions and Information
There you have it, everything you need to know about the entry conditions and requirements for this South American country! Below you will find our handy Q&A section, to help you answer any lingering doubts.