GUYANA HIGH COMMISSION
OPENING HOURS: 10.00AM - 2.30PM
REPUBLIC OF GUYANA PASSPORTS
Fees are paid by cash, Postal Order or International Bank Draft made payable to the "Guyana High Commission". Personal cheques are not accepted.
New passport (Machine Readable)
Replacement of a Lost/Damaged/Destroyed passport
Emergency Certificate - for travel to Guyana only. Citizens requiring this type of document are urged to make contact with the Consular Section.
ADVISORY TO APPLICANTS FOR
MACHINE READABLE GUYANA PASSPORTS
WHY HAS A NEW PASSPORT BEEN INTRODUCED?
Guyana is responding to the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) which requires the expiration of non-MACHINE READABLE PASSPORTS. The phase out of non-machine readable (green cover) passports occurred in October 2013.
THE MACHINE READABLE PASSPORT fulfils Guyana’s commitment to promote a common Caribbean identity.
The Guyanese traveller will benefit from a new passport which presents a stronger defence against identity theft, alteration, forgery and alien smuggling.
The MACHINE READABLE PASSPORT provides Guyanese citizens with a travel document that will be internationally respected. It will facilitate hassle-free travelling around the world, as information will now be easily accessed from an international data-base.
WHO GETS THE NEW MACHINE READABLE PASSPORT?
All Guyanese citizens who are eligible and who are entitled to a passport.
All Guyanese children and adults who are applying for a passport for the first time.
Guyanese children who are named in their parent’s current passport.
Citizens whose current passports need renewing. These include passports that might have long expired or those whose validity are less than six (6) months.
Citizens whose current passports are lost, stolen or damaged.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR APPLYING FOR THE MACHINE READABLE PASSPORT?
STEP 1: Applicants can download the application form (Passport Application
Form for Guyana) for a new Machine Readable Passport below from the
section entitled "Passport Application Form".
The form is also accessible at any of of the following websites:
STEP 2: Applicants in the UK can either present themselves physically at the
Guyana High Commission, 3 Palace Court, Bayswater Road, London
W2 4LP or submit their passport application form as well as the required
documents via the post.
Applicants outside the UK residing in Europe, Africa and the Pacific may
submit their applications in person, by post or by courier.
Nationals may also present themselves at the nearest Guyana Consular
Office (addresses are available at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs'
website listed above) with the completed passport application form as
well as the required documents.
STEP 3: Applications will be sent to the Central Immigration and Passport Office
in Guyana via courier.
Step 4: The application will then be processed and the passport personalised and
issued to the originating Consular Office (via courier) where the applicant
can uplift the MRP in person or make arrangements for it to be returned
via post or courier.
An Applicant for a new passport will need suitable recommender/s (or referee/s) to fill out Section 7 of the form on their behalf. While page 1 of the Passport Application Form states that the recommender should be Guyanese, this requirement is not necessary for those Guyanese who are resident overseas and applying at a Consular Office. A professional of any nationality in the country of residence can recommend the application.
Children under eighteen (18) years must be accompanied by their parents. In the absence of either parent, written consent (certified by a Justice of the Peace, Notary Public or Commissioner of Oaths and Affidavits) must be given by the other parent. If both parents are absent, written consent (certified by a Justice of the Peace, Notary Public or Commissioner of Oaths and Affidavits) from both parents must be presented/forwarded with the application. Other guardians are required to present proof of their legal guardianship.
WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO APPLY FOR THE NEW MACHINE READABLE PASSPORT?
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR THE MACHINE READABLE PASSPORT:
The application form accurately completed along with a copy.
A Birth Certificate – the original and 2 copies. Applicants who hold Guyana passports (valid or expired) which are in good condition and the biodata information is legible are not required to submit their birth certificate or copies, unless requested. First time applicants and persons seeking the replacement of a lost, damaged or destroyed passport are, however, required to do so.
Original passport along with 2 copies of the relevant pages (1-3 and bio-data page and any other observation page (in the case of handwritten passports) or the biodata page ((page 2) of machine readable passports) of the old/previous passport – if re-applying and the old passport is available.
Four passport-size colour photographs which must not be larger than 45 x 35 mm (1.77 x 1.38 in.) or smaller than 32 x 26 mm (1.26 x 1.02 in.). Only 1 photograph is to be endorsed by the recommender. Please note that: the ears should not be covered; headbands should not be worn, and unless for religious, cultural or medical reasons, the head should be uncovered; the applicant's shoulders and upper arms should be covered; and the background of the photographs must be plain and light coloured.
In addition to (1-4) above:
Applicants who have changed their names must take along the original and 2 copies of the Registered Deed Poll along with the original and 2 copies of the birth certificate (birth certificate should be recent, between 6 months to 1 year); or where applicable, the original and 2 copies of the Registration/Naturalisation Certificate.
Married women who require passports in their married name or in a double-barelled name (maiden and married name) must present the marriage certificate and the husband’s birth certificate along with 2 copies each. (An affidavit is also required if an Applicant has been known by/has been using names other than those on his/her official documents). Those women who have previously submitted such documents are not required to do so unless they have remarried or are replacing a lost or damaged passport.
Women who have been divorced and revert to use of their former/maiden name must present the Decree Absolute Certificate with 2 copies, if they need said name to be reflected on the passport as their surname.
If the current passport is lost or has been stolen the Applicant has to submit a sworn affidavit to that effect, issued by a Justice of Peace, Notary Public or Commissioner of Oaths and Affidavits, a Police Report (and the receipt for this report) along with the documents required in A.
If the current passport is damaged the Applicant needs to submit the damaged passport and a sworn affidavit done before a Justice of Peace, Notary Public or Commissioner of Oaths and Affidavits to that effect along with the documents required in A.
An Applicant who is Guyanese by naturalisation will have to produce the Certificate of Naturalisation with 2 copies.
An Applicant who is Guyanese by Registration will have to produce the Certificate of Registration with 2 copies.
An Applicant who is an adopted child will have to produce the Certificate of Adoption and documents indicating any name change with 2 copies.
- An Applicant who is Guyanese by Descent will have to produce the Certificate of Registration of Overseas Birth with 2 copies.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE THE NEW PASSPORT?
It takes approximately six (6) – eight (8) weeks to process your application for a new Machine Readable Passport.
Replacing lost passports takes three (3) months.
Replacing damaged passports takes two (2) months.
The periods mentioned above are applicable only to and relevant from the time the applications arrive in Georgetown. Applications from this High Commission are dispatched via courier in batches once every month.
For further information on the application process, please telephone or email the High Commission using the contact details below:
+44 (0) 20 7229 7684 (between the hours of 10.00 am to 2.30 pm)
Or call telephone numbers:
+592 226 3011, +592 225 1744, +592 226 4700
- OR -
Visit the Guyana Police Force Website at
- OR -
Visit the Ministry of Home Affairs Website at
- OR -
Visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website at
Recommenders/guarantors need not be Guyanese but must be of a professional status e.g. a Justice of Peace, Member of Parliament, Minister of Religion, Doctor, Lawyer, Teacher, Bank Officer or Police Officer etc. Also, guarantor must affix his/her official stamp if they have one on all new passport application forms.
It is advisable that recommenders/guarantors should use a ball point pen to certify the reverse side of one of the applicant's photographs and affix their signature. If the recommender/guarantor has an office stamp, it is not necessary for the stamp to be affixed on the certified photograph.
Signatures must be in cursive writing (joined writing) and not in script.
PASSPORT APPLICATION FORM
Passport Application Forms For Guyana (pdf)
REPUBLIC OF GUYANA VISAS
All foreign visitors to Guyana are required to have a valid passport with at least six (6) months validity and proof of return/onward journey (plane ticket or other exit document). Visas are necessary for most travellers with the exception of those listed at the following link: http://www.minfor.gov.gy/images/minfor_docs/consular_services/visa_exemption.pdf.
The following documents should be presented when applying for a visa:
1. Valid passport (with at least (6) months validity).
2. Two (2) passport-size photographs and two (2) completed application forms. The application form can be found below in the section entitled "VISA FORM".
3. Evidence of sufficient funds for the duration of the visit; proof of other satisfactory arrangement for support while in Guyana, inclusive of a letter of invitation from the host in Guyana or proof of hotel accommodation; recent bank statements; letter from employer; and where applicable, business letter with certificate from the Chamber of Commerce, etc., attesting to the status of the business.
If coming to take up employment or to reside in Guyana, a letter of approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs or other appropriate evidence should be provided.
1. There is no assurance that a visa would be issued, and any preparation or plan made for the journey would be done at the applicant’s own risk.
2. Failure to complete the form properly as well as to provide supporting documents will delay the processing of the application.
3. Under normal conditions, applications for visas should be submitted at least one (1) week in advance of proposed date of travel.
4. The granting of a visa does not necessarily guarantee entry into Guyana. Entry and length of stay will depend upon satisfying the usual Immigration requirements/procedures at the port of entry.
5. A visitor who without permission, breaches his/her condition of entry while in Guyana may become eligible for deportation.
6. Employment could be paid or unpaid, and includes religious occupation.
7. Pre-paid arrangements must be made by the applicant if passport is to be returned by a courier service. The account number must be given.
8. Applicants in the UK submitting visa applications by post are required to submit with their application a registered self-addressed envelope for the return of their documents. Applicants overseas who decide to submit their application by post instead of courier are required to include an additional £10 to cover international registered postage for the return of their documents. It is important that return addresses be written clearly.
8. Visas can also be obtained on arrival in Guyana. For further information please visit the Ministry of Home Affairs’ website at www.moha.gov.gy or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website at www.minfor.gov.gy. Visa on arrival fees are also outlined on these websites.
VISA FEES - Visas processed at the High Commission
Fees are paid by cash, Postal Order or International Bank Draft made payable to the "Guyana High Commission". Personal cheques are not acceptable.
The Appropriate Fee:
Tourist - £20.00
(single entry, valid for a period of 1 month in the first instance)
Business - £80.00
(multiple entry, for a period of 5 years in the first instance)
For extensions of stay contact should be made with the Ministry of Home Affairs at 6 Brickdam, Georgetown, Guyana; Telephone No. +592 225 7270; Fax No. +592 227 4806; E.mail – email@example.com. Persons in need of an extension are required to submit their applications to the Ministry prior to the expiration of the stay granted to them.
GUYANESE CITIZENS BEARING A FOREIGN PASSPORT
A Guyanese citizen travelling on a foreign passport does not require a visa if the passport clearly indicates the place of birth to be 'Guyana' or a well-recognised place in Guyana such as Georgetown, Demerara, Essequibo, Berbice or Corentyne. If this is not the case, documentary proof of birth in Guyana must be presented to the Immigration authorities in Guyana, such proof being a birth certificate (both birth and marriage certificates in the case of a married woman) or an expired Guyana passport.
A child born abroad of a Guyanese parent and presenting as documentary evidence, a birth certificate (full version giving names of parents) and the birth certificate or Guyana passport of the Guyanese parent, does not require a visa. It will be necessary, however, to have some documentary evidence for the Immigration authority upon arrival in Guyana.
Visa Application (pdf)
FOREIGN NATIONALS LIVING AND
WORKING IN GUYANA
Foreign nationals desirous of living in Guyana must obtain prior approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Guyana.
Residence is not usually granted unless such nationals intend to invest financially in Guyana or have been issued with work permits for paid or unpaid employment in Guyana.
Foreign nationals applying for residence in Guyana must forward their personal details and supporting documentation to:
Ministry of Home Affairs
Tel: 00 592 225 3663
Fax: 00 592 226 9721
Work permits are obtained from the Ministry of Home Affairs and applications should be submitted by the prospective employer on behalf of the job applicant.
Work permits must be presented to the immigration authorities on arrival at the port of entry in Guyana.
Foreign nationals who are married to Guyanese citizens and who have not obtained Guyanese citizenship will be required to present evidence of such a marriage to the immigration authorities.
Foreign nationals seeking information on job opportunities should write to:
Ministry of Labour, Human Services & Social Security
1 Water &
Tel: 00 592 226 6115
Fax: 00 592 227 1308
REGISTRATION AS A CITIZEN OF GUYANA
OF A CHILD BORN OVERSEAS TO A
The following are the guidelines for the issuing of birth certificates at the Guyana High Commission. The procedures to be followed are extracted from the written instructions from the Registrar General.
1. The person to be registered must be born on or after 26th May 1966.
2. At least one parent whose name is recorded on the Foreign Birth Certificate MUST be a Guyanese by BIRTH.
3. The original birth certificate together with an official translation if it is not in the English language of the person to be registered, must be submitted. The birth certificate is to be certified in the country where it is issued and if in a foreign language, a translation is required.
4. A copy of the birth certificate (must be recent, at least 6 to 12 months) of the Guyanese parent is to accompany application.
5. A photo identification of the person effecting the registration is required. If residing overseas, the bio data page of the passport should be photocopied and certified before forwarding with application. If the person effecting the registration is not the parent then a duly notarised authorisation of the parent’s birth certificate is required.
6. All documents, with the exception of the parent’s birth certificate, must be original and should be accompanied by two copies. The original documents will not be returned but will be held at the High Commission for its records.
7. The application should have a covering letter requesting that the child be registered as a citizen of Guyana and that the appropriate birth certificate be mailed to the address of the parent. It is imperative that the address is written clearly.
8. Applicants are to provide photocopies of all original documents presented.
9. Fees are paid by cash, Postal Order or International Bank Draft made payable to the "Guyana High Commission". Personal cheques and Euros are not acceptable. Persons residing in the UK can collect the birth certificate when it is completed or can forward a registered self-addressed envelope while those overseas are required to pay a separate fee of £10.00 for return postage.
The fee for the birth certificate is £10.00.
Applicants in the UK should note that if a registered self-addressed envelope is not forwarded then he or she is required to include an additional £8.00 for postage.
Once the application is accompanied by the requisite documents, the process will take one to two months.
BIRTH, DEATH & MARRIAGE
Applicants should forward a self addressed envelope to the High Commission and request the relevant form. The form must be sent directly to the Registrar General at:
The General Register Office
General Post Office Building
Telephone: 00592 226 4575
Fax: 00592 227 6861
(a) A fee of £2.00 payable by postal order to the Registrar General crossed should accompany the completed form. Euros are not acceptable. It is suggested that a bank draft for US$5.00 be sent if the applicant is living outside of the UK.
(b) It is important to write your address clearly since completed birth certificates are returned via the post.
APPLICATIONS FOR CERTIFICATES OF
Certificates of Character, commonly referred to as Police Clearance Certificates are applied for by writing to the Commissioner of Police in Guyana.
Each applicant is required to submit with his/her application, the following:
a) Full names, date and year of birth.
b) Previous address in Guyana.
c) Three recent passport-sized photographs.
d) Copy of passport bio-data page.
e) Parents' names and addresses.
f) Postal order for two pounds (£2.00) made payable to the Commissioner of Police.
g) Official set of fingerprints.
Fingerprints in the UK can be obtained from:
Metropolitan Police Fingerprint Bureau Tel: 020 7230 1212 ext 2099
Applications must be forwarded to:
Commissioner of Police
Tel: 00 592 226 2487
Fax: 00 592 226 2740
CERTIFICATE OF NON-IMPEDIMENT TO
Certain European countries, e.g. France or The Netherlands, stipulate that foreigners desirous of marrying in these countries must produce a recent (usually within six months (6) of application) Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marriage from their countries of origin.
This document confirms that there is no objection to the proposed marriage on the basis that the applicant is not in an existing marriage.
Guyanese requiring such documents must submit the following to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Guyana:
a) Affidavit to be sworn at the nearest British Consulate (if there is no Guyana representation)
b) Questionnaire for completion
c) Copy of birth certificate
d) Copy of divorce decree (if relevant)
REQUIREMENTS FOR VERIFICATION OF
In order to obtain verification of citizenship of the Republic of Guyana the following information is required:
(a) Name in full
(b) Date and place of birth in Guyana
(c) Copy of birth certificate, if available
(d) Details of last Guyana passport: date and country of issue
(e) Last address in Guyana
(f) Names and address of parents in Guyana
(g) Date of departure from Guyana
(h) Details of employment in Guyana
(i) Four (4) photographs
(j) Set of finger-prints
APPLICATION FOR RENUNCIATION OF
Guyanese who intend to renounce their Guyanese citizenship may do so by applying in person to the nearest Guyanese Consulate.
Declaration forms, which may be obtained from the Guyana High Commission in London, must be completed in duplicate and sworn to before a Magistrate, Justice of the Peace or Other Official Title if the applicant resides in a country where there is no Guyanese Consulate.
Postal applications are also accepted from nationals residing in the UK. The Declaration of Renunciation of Citizenship must be sworn to before a Magistrate or UK Notary Public.
Both forms are to be returned to the Guyana High Commission, London together with the following documents for processing:
- Certified copy of acceptance letter from country of residence which must be translated in English if not,
- Certified copy of applicant’s passport granting citizenship,
- Guyana Passport,
- Two passport-sized photographs,
- Original birth certificate or a certified copy,
- Original marriage certificate or a certified copy (if applicable),
- Spouse’s original birth certificate or a certified copy (if applicable),
- Proof of address of country residing overseas,
- Copy of country identification card,
- Written letter stating the reason/s for surrendering your Guyanese nationality,
- Proof of employment overseas,
- Overseas driver’s license (if any).
- The fee for this service is one hundred pounds (£100) which must be paid by cash, Postal Order or International Bank Draft made payable to the “Guyana High Commission”. Personal cheques are not acceptable.
- In addition to the fee, applicants in the UK are required to submit a pre-paid special delivery envelope or eight pounds (£8.00) for the return of renunciation certificates by registered mail.
- Applicants residing outside of the UK should include an additional ten pounds (£10.00) with the required fee for the return of renunciation certificates.
- Uncertified photocopies of documents are NOT acceptable.
- English translations of all documents in foreign languages are required.
- Applications are usually processed within six to nine months.
- Renunciation certificates are only returned by registered mail.
TRAVELLING AT THE POINTS ON THE
BORDERS AND THROUGH THE
HINTERLAND AS CAMPERS
Guyana is bounded on the west by Venezuela, on the east by Suriname, the north by the Atlantic Ocean and southwest by Brazil. The principal point of entry into Guyana is the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, which is approximately 25 miles from Georgetown. The other legal points of entry with immigration services are:
Camp Road, Georgetown
(1)Via the Atlantic Ocean – the Central Immigration Office,
(2) From Venezuela – Morawhanna and Mabaruma.
(3) From Brazil – Lethem, Orinduik and Monkey Mountain.
(4) From Suriname - Springlands and Moleson Greek on the Corentyne.
Holders of British and European Union (excluding countries recently admitted to the European Union) passports do not require visas to enter Guyana. However, on arrival, they must satisfy the Immigration Officer at the point of entry, of being in possession of a valid passport and return ticket.
CAMPING TRIPS, BICYCLE OR MOTOR
Those persons who are on camping trips, bicycle or motor vehicle expeditions, should have adequate financial means for their stay in Guyana. On being satisfied with regard to the bona fides of the visitor, the Immigration Officer is entitled to grant not more than one (1) month's stay in the country. Thereafter, permission for extension of stay must be obtained from the Ministry of Home Affairs, subsequent to an application by the visitor.
Once the Immigration Officer on duty is satisfied that the visitor would not be a burden to the State, he or she is not required to deposit any surety.
Public transportation vehicles are available from the Brazilian entry points to Georgetown via roadways and trails. In addition, daily return flights from Ogle to Lethem are available.
Tourists are permitted to travel into the interior without a guide but in the case of Amerindian settlements, prior approval must be obtained from the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs. Organised tours of the interior, including rainforest areas could be arranged at:
74-75 Main Street
Rainforest Tours (Hotel Tower)
Tel: 00 592 227 2011-14
Fax: 00 592 231 5005
ADOPTION OF CHILDREN IN GUYANA
When considering the legal adoption of a child in Guyana, the first step is to apply to the Adoption Board by submitting the necessary Application and Medical Forms. These forms may be obtained from the Secretary of the Adoption Board, Ministry of Labour, Human Services and Social Security, Georgetown, Guyana.
Anyone is allowed to apply, but those who are married must do so jointly. After this, applicants will be invited for an interview. Applicants will be invited to appear personally as no one will be permitted to deputise for them.
At this interview, the child's birth certificate and (if married) applicant's marriage certificate must be presented. Other documents such as death certificates (in the case of the death of a spouse or child's parent or parents) as well as divorce papers etc. may also be required, depending on the circumstances of each particular case.
The next step is to obtain the consent of each of the child's parents. The Board does this by writing to them, explaining the effects of an adoption order, and asking them to give their consent in writing on the specified forms. Obtaining these is important and a prerequisite except in special circumstances when the Court could be asked to dispense with the consents after advertising the adoption in the media.
Once these have been ordained, the Adoption Board will write the applicant's again advising them to file two copies of their legal papers to the Supreme Court. This is to have the Board appointed the Guardian Ad Litem of the child. This process should be done by retaining the services of a lawyer.
A copy of the documents filed will be sent to the Adoption Board by the Supreme Court Registry, or alternatively the Lawyer could serve a certified copy of all the legal papers (i.e., Summons, Affidavit, Forms A, B, and D) on the Adoption Board.
The adoption application is then continued. A visit will be paid to the applicants' home to have further discussions with them and the child or children. A report on the case is then written and presented to a meeting of the Adoption Board to which the applicants and child (or children) will also be invited.
A decision will then be made by the Adoption Board and if it is favourable the Adoption case will then be recommended to the High Court of the Supreme Judicature for the making of the Final Order.
At some later date, the applicants, the child or children, and their parents (if alive) will be given notice to attend the Supreme Court before a Judge in Chambers for the making of the Final Order.
Within a few weeks the applicants will be able to purchase the Adoptive Certificate from the Office of the Registrar General, GuyanaPostOfficeBuilding, Georgetown, Guyana.
The following sections are quoted from the Laws of Guyana - Adoption of Children Act Chapter 46:04.