Guiana (British)

Latest update: - Authors: Mieke Croughs, Ula Maniewski-Kelner


Travelling to red countries outside the EU or Schengen area is not recommended if you have not been vaccinated.

Take a look at the general preventive measures related to COVID-19.

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This page contains the main health risks for travellers and general recommendations. Travel conditions are different for everyone and each patient's health condition varies. Discuss your trip during a travel consultation with your doctor or in a travel clinic, preferably six to eight weeks before departure.

Important health risks


There is a high risk of malaria in the west in the following regions: Barima-Waini (1), Supenaam (2), Cuyuni-Mazaruni (7), Potaro-Siparuni (8), Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo (9), Upper Demerara-Berbice (10). We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning, in combination with the use of malaria tablets.

There is a moderate malaria risk in the east in the following regions: Essequibo-Islands-West-Damara (3), Pomeroon- Demerara-Mahaica (4) and Mahaica-Berbice (5) and the interior of East Berbice-Corentyne (6). We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning. For people with an increased risk, we sometimes recommend preventive malaria tablets, or taking an emergency treatment with you.

There is a low malaria risk in Georgetown, New Amsterdam, eastern coastal region. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning. 

In case of fever during or after your journey, get tested for malaria as soon as possible.

Yellow fever

There is a risk of yellow fever.

Other insect-borne diseases

Insects can transmit diseases such as dengue, chikungunyazika, leishmaniasis and Chagas disease.

Protect yourself against insects


Ticks can transmit diseases.


Dogs and other mammals can be infected with rabies.

Altitude sickness

You may experience altitude sickness in areas above 2500 metres.

Other frequent health risks while travelling

Read these tips before you leave.


Yellow fever

Recommended, sometimes mandatory

Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Vaccination is mandatory from the age of one year: 

  • If you are departing from another country where yellow fever can occur (see maps).
  • If you have spent more than four hours in transit in an airport in a country where yellow fever occurs.

This vaccination must be administered at least ten days prior to arrival by an official yellow fever vaccination centre and must be registered in an International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis.

Hepatitis A


Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

Update of basic vaccinations


Other vaccinations

Recommended for some travelers

Discuss with your doctor whether one of the following vaccinations is recommended for you:

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