Guyana – French Guyana

Guyana (French Guyana) Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In Guyana
Driving abroad in Guyana (on the left of the road) can be potentially very hazardous with a high rate of fatalities. Cars, large commercial vehicles, horse drawn carts, bicyclists, motorcycles, free range livestock, stray dogs, pedestrians, aggressive “mini-buses” and sleeping animals all share narrow, poorly maintained roads. Often aggressive, speeding and poorly trained drivers on the same roads as slow-moving vehicles can make Guayana a dangerous self drive location. Driving at night poses additional concerns as many roads are not lit, some drivers do not lower high beam lights,and livestock and pedestrians may be wandering in the road. You should exercise caution at all times while driving and avoid driving outside of Georgetown at night when possible. The road from Cheddi Jagan International Airport can be dangerous, especially at night. I’d advise not to get off a flight and pick up your car at the airport. Get it delivered the next day. There seems to be some confusion on whether your home countries licence plus an IDP is recognised in Guyana. Some websites, including those of a number of countries Governments, including Ireland say that an IDP is accepted but many say you need to obtain a local driving permit. According to the Guyana government website-

http://www.gra.gov.gy/index.php?option=com_content&id=68&Itemid=110

In order to make it convenient for tourists to obtain a Driver’s Permit, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has put relevant facilities in place at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) for travelers to access.

VEHICLES REGISTERED IN GUYANA

Any tourist wishing to drive a locally registered motor vehicle on the roadways of Guyana must obtain a Driver’s Permit issued by the Licence Revenue Office of the Guyana Revenue Authority. The tourist must do the following:

  – Provide the Licencing Officer with a valid Driver’s Licence (from their country of origin).

  – Provide details of their local address while in Guyana.

  -Answer any question that the Officer may have in relation to his/her stay in Guyana and reason for requiring the permit.

Note:(1)Once issued, a Driver’s Permit is valid for one (1) month.

(2)Foreign nationals who are desirous of driving in Guyana must obtain a Driver’s Permit and are required to make the application in person, since applications cannot be made via e-mail.

 If you are unable to obtain your Driver/s Permit at the CJIA, kindly visitthe Excise Licencing and Motor Vehicle Registration Office (known as the Licence Revenue Office) located at Smythe and Princess Streets, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown to process your request for aDriver’s Permit.

This suggests to me that you DO need to obtain a local permit. If renting a car I suggest you check with the car rental company- please let me know what they tell you!

Guyana Car Rental –
Sixt, Europcar, National,Avis have branches in Cayenne. Also there is a local company below –

http://www.guyanacarrental.com/

If you’re stuck whilst in the country there are a list of phone numbers offering car rental on the site below. None seem to have their own website though so my view is to only use these companies as a last resort.
http://www.carib-hotels.com/guyana/cr.htm

Below are the websites of two local travel agencies who should be able to help you arrange car rental in Guyana
http://www.roraimaairways.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46&Itemid=79

http://www.rftours.com/index-1.html

Guyana Self Driving Rules –
Neither of the big companies seem to allow cars to be driven out of the country. I couldn’t establish from the local companies whether they allow this.

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2 comments


  1. deanna peterson

    I am was born in Guyana, left for the US in 1970. Been over 40 years, but I been back to Guyana a few times when I had to depend on public transportation which can be frustrating at times, and don’t trust the drivers. I am very interesting on getting a International drivers permit to.rent a car myself in Guyana. I realize and know for a fact that it could be quite risky driving in Guyana, with dray carts, animals crossing unexpectly, and the fact that they use the opposite side.of the road as the US. I have a US drivers license with an excellent driving record. My last ticket was in 1992. and very few since my initial license in 1977. I want to believe 3. Could you please direct me into obtaining an International driving aboard license.
    Your help is greatly appreciately.

    • Driver Abroad

      Hi Deanna
      If you have a US Licence you can obtain an IDP from your local AAA office- see this link http://www.aaa.com/vacation/idpf.html

      However, as stated above I’m not sure that an IDP is valid in Guyana- it may be that you need to obtain a local licence on entry. If you’re renting a car I suggest you check with the rental company.

      Matthew

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