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Living in Guyana, from the Netherlands

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Guyana at a Glance

Moving to Guyana

With cheap property prices, idyllic weather all year round and low crime rates, it's easy to see why an ever increasing number of expats are relocating to Guyana. In this guide, you can read up some relevant information on moving to Guyana, from visas to the climate!

From classic colonial houses dating back centuries to luxurious beachfront apartments, the real estate on offer in Guyana is diverse and there is something to suit every taste. This is a great place for the whole family to start a new life in the sun. By following some simple advice and guidelines, foreigners can easily fit into their new community and really enjoy living in Guyana.

The Land and Its People

Guyana is one of very few Caribbean countries in South America. This unique land boasts some of the most incredible culture and scenery anywhere in the world. The tropical rainforests of the landscape are home to a wealth of rare, distinctive trees and an exotic array of wildlife.

The 754,000 strong population is hugely diverse, with a rich mixture of nationalities and ethnicities comprising the Guyanese culture. Indian, African and indigenous Guyanese are the main ethnic backgrounds of the Guyanese people, and their influences can be seen in the food, music and history of the land.

English is the official language of Guyana, although a combination of English, Hindi and African known as Guyanese Creole is most widely spoken in the general public. In rural areas, where there is a large indigenous population, traditional Carib tribal languages are predominantly spoken.

The Climate in Guyana

Thanks to its tropical climate, Guyana is treated to high temperatures and bright sunshine almost all year round. The country can experience high humidity at times, but cool Caribbean Sea breezes are welcome refreshment. Situated outside of the hurricane zone, Guyana is safer than other Caribbean nations. Other than serious flash floods which take place in the rainy season between May and June, the country is sheltered from extreme weather conditions.

In the capital city, Georgetown, temperatures remain consistent with average highs of 34°C and rarely dip below 20°C. Conditions are hottest in Guyana in July, and the coolest months are January and February.

Visas for Guyana

Visas are typically not required for foreigners visiting Guyana from the countries of North and South America, the West Indies, UK and Ireland, Russia, anod most of western European.However, for longer stays and particularly for work purposes, getting a visa or work permit is necessary.

You can find more information on visa regulations on the website of the Guyanese Minsitry of Foreign Affairs. For more detailed information and help with your application, please get in touch with your closest Guyanese embassy or consulate.

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