International: Blue Wing Airlines, http://www.bluewingairlines.com, flights to Paramaribo, Tue, Thu, Sat 0800. Caribbean Airlines, 63 Robb St, Robbstown, T1-800-744 2225, or 221 2202, www.caribbean-air lines.com (Caribbean, Miami, New York, Toronto, London – codeshare with BA). Delta, http://www.delta.com, flies to Guyana from New York 3 times a week. Meta, 303 Church St, Queenstown, T225 5315, metageorgetown@ hotmail.com (from Manaus and Boa Vista, Brazil, to Guyana and Suriname). Surinam Airways, 176 Middle St, T225 4894.
Republic Bank, Guyana Bank of Trade and Industry (GBTI), Bank of Baroda, Bank of Nova Scotia (2 branches) will give cash advance on Visa card. ATMs at Scotia Bank (Robb St and High St - most reliable), GBTI, Le Méridien Pegasus, City Mall and Buddy’s International Mall. Exchange houses: (cambios) in shops may be open longer. A good, safe cambio is Kayman Sankar, Lamaha St. There is a cambio next to Rima Guest House, Middle St. Roving cambios at entrance to Stabroek Market, take care. To buy Suriname dollars, go to Swiss House, a cambio in the unsafe market area around Water St and America St, known locally as ‘Wall St’. There are others that will change Suriname dollars.
Available through numerous companies (page 44 in the Guyana Telephone book lists some of them and the rest can be found in the yellow pages on page 24). Budget at Ocean View Hotel, US$105, plus US$250 deposit for minimum of 3 days. Shivraj, 98 Hadfield St, Werk-en-Rust, T226 0550/225 4785, email@example.com. US$54.65 plus US$220 deposit. A permit is needed from local police; rental agencies can advise.
Embassies and consulates
Brazilian Embassy, 308 Church St, Queenstown, T225 7970, bragetown@solutions 2000.net. Visa issued next day, 90 days, 1 photo, US$12.75. Canadian High Commission, High and Young Sts, T227 2081-5, www.dfait-maeci .gc.ca/latin-america/guyana. French Consulate, Lot 7 2nd Avenue and Sheriff Street, Subbryanville, T227 5435, consulfr@ networksgy.com. Suriname Embassy, 171 Peter Rose and Crown St, Queenstown, T225 2846/2631, firstname.lastname@example.org. Consular section open Mon, Wed, Fri morning only, but visa application can be handed in at any time. UK High Commission, 44 Main St, T226 5881, email@example.com. US Embassy, 99-100 Young and Duke Sts, Kingston, T226 3938. Venezuelan Embassy, 296 Thomas St, South Cummingsburg, T226 6749/1534, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Byte ‘N’ Surf, 288 Middle St, South Cummingsburg, T225 6481, US$2.15 per hr. Internet World, 16 ‘B’ Duncan St, Newton Kitty, T227 1051, US$1.90 per hr. Solutions 2000, 167 Waterloo St, South Cummingsburg, T225 2653/ 1436, US$2.15 per hr. The Computer Lab, 32-33 Regent & Hinck Sts, T223 3211.
Well-equipped private hospitals include St Joseph’s, Parade St, Kingston; Prashad’s, Thomas St, doctor on call at weekends, 24-hour malaria clinic, T226 7214/9 (US$2 to US$8 per day; medical consultations US$2 to US$4). If admitted to hospital you must bring sheets and food (St Joseph’s provides these). The Georgetown Hospital is understaffed even though facilities have improved. Recommended doctor, Dr Clarence Charles, 254 Thomas St, surgery 1200-1400 hrs.
Main one on North St.