Guyana Passport Ranking
The Guyanese passport currently ranks on the 57th place according to the Guide Passport Ranking Index. It provides visa-free access to 88 countries. This grants it an overall medium mobility score. Guyanese passport holders have visa-free access and visas on arrival to countries such as Singapore, Ireland, Russia, Qatar and South Korea. This limits instant travel opportunities to selected destinations. Guyanese passport holders require a visa to enter about 138 destinations. Some countries where a visa is required are the entire European Union, the United States and Australia.
The Cooperative Republic of Guyana is a former British colony consisting of ten regions. The most important regions are Demerara-Mahaica, East Berbice-Corentyne and Essequibo Islands-West Demerara. The nation is situated in Northern South America, bordering Venezuela, Brazil and Suriname. It has a total surface area of 214,970 square kilometers. The country’s terrain is defined by rolling highlands some low coastal plains and the savanna in the south. Its climate is tropical, hot and humid with two rainy seasons.
The overall population is approximately 786,391 people. The capital of the country is Georgetown, which is also the most populous city with over 350,000 people. Other major towns are Linden and New Amsterdam. The country’s largest and only international airport is Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO). It is named after the former Prime Minister Cheddi Jagan. The airport provides access to regional and North American destinations.
Guyanese culture is a mix of its African, Indian and British origins. The majority of the population is Christian and Hindu. The official language is English. The Guyanese legal system is based on the English common law. The government form is a parliamentary republic. The chief of state and at the same time head of government is President Mohammed Irfaan Ali. Elections take place every 5 years.
The official currency is the Guyanese Dollar (GYD), and its current exchange rate is GYD 210 to the USD. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $13.6 billion, placing it on the 24th spot in the Caribbean and Latin American countries. Its citizens have a per capita income of $17,359. The GDP is made up of the services, industry and agricultural sector. Guyana is heavily dependent on the export of timber, rice, sugar, shrimp, bauxite, gold and sugar. This makes up 60% of the GDP. The country has recently discovered oil offshore and will start extraction in the near future. Hence it can become an oil producing country.
Guyana is growing in popularity as a tourism destination. The nation is trying to focus more on ecotourism. The main activities for tourists are market visits, hiking, trekking, diving and animal watching. Some of the main destinations include the Kaieteur National Park, the capital Georgetown, Linden, the Orinduik Falls and Mount Roraima. Guyana has a total of approximately 315,000 tourists visiting every year originating mostly from the neighboring countries and North America.