The Guyanese passport is currently ranked 63rd place on the Guide Passport Index. It provides visa-free access to 85 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 144 destinations. Some countries where a visa is required are the entire European Union, the United States and Australia.
The Guyana passport ranking relative to other global passports is calculated by adding up the number of countries that allow Guyana passport holders to enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those that allow Guyana passport holders to enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization (eTA). There are currently a total of 50 Guyana passport visa-free countries, 33 Guyana visa-on-arrival countries, and 2 eTA destinations.
Altogether, Guyana passport holders can enter a total of 85 destinations—either without a visa, through a visa on arrival, or via an eTA. As a result, the Guyana passport ranks 63 in the world.
Separate from these Guyana visa-free countries and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 144 additional destinations which Guyana passport holders either need a physical visa to enter or an eVisa (i.e. visa required countries).
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 789,683 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 GYD209 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.