The South American nation of Guyana offers everything from nightlife to pristine wilderness to explore. Getting there from the UK will take on average 17h, but this will vary depending on where you depart from and the number of stopovers on your route. You can fly out of many airports in the UK to reach Guyana, but London Heathrow is the largest and offers the most choices in terms of airlines that service the route. Other airports include Manchester Airport, Glasgow Airport, Leeds Airport, and others. If you’re flying into Guyana, you will be landing in Georgetown, the nation’s capital, at Cheddi Jagan International Airport, formerly known as Timehri International Airport. It is the only international airport in the country, although there are several other domestic airports on offer, and is located about 25 miles south of the city proper.
Unfortunately, there are no direct flights to Guyana from any UK cities. All flights require at least one stopover, but many require two. Note that your travel time will increase considerably with two stopovers, but the ticket price may be reduced. You can also find flights to Guyana within many UK cities, including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, and more. The average flight time for a one-stopover flight is roughly 17h, but two stopovers can increase that to 24h or even longer.
While there are several travel options for those visiting Guyana, domestic air travel is really the only truly reliable option. There are two domestic airlines that offer reliable, affordable service to most of the cities in the nation. You can also hire a car and drive yourself, although you must be 21 to do so and many roads are not well maintained. Bus service is available in some areas, but it is unreliable and sometimes unsafe for international travelers. Taxis are plentiful and are often the safest way to travel after dark.
Guyana is home to a number of things do see and do. Kaieteur Falls is always a stunning sight, and St. George’s Cathedral is well worth the visit. For those with a thirst for adventure, the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway offers a unique way to explore. Pandama Retreat and Winery is nice to visit, and Promenade gardens are always lovely.
For British citizens traveling to Guyana, you will need a passport that will be valid for at least six months after your date of entry. However, you do not need a visa for stays up to 30 days. If you intend to remain longer, you can obtain an extension from the Ministry of Home Affairs in Georgetown. Note that if you overstay and do not get an extension, Guyanese officials may prosecute you.