The Guianas is a region in South America comprising of three countries which are namely Guyana, the French Guiana, and Suriname. These three countries were respectively the colonies of Britain, France, and the Netherlands. If you want to travel to these three countries, below are some tips for traveling to the Guianas.
Traveling To Guyana (British Guiana)
Tourists coming from certain countries can enter Guyana even without a visa. Otherwise, you will need to apply for one. Daily international flights supervised by Caribbean Airlines leave for Guyana from the United States, United Kingdom, and the Caribbean. Flight services to Guyana from New York and Florida are also offered by North American Airlines, Primaris Airlines, and Delta Airlines. Just make sure that you don’t require an ESTA visa for transit via the United States as many people need to secure one before traveling through America, even without leaving the airport.
Guyana can also be reached by taking a bus from Suriname and Brazil. The great thing about traveling by land is you’ll no longer be asked for a passport. All you need is a European ID card or a valid driver’s license. If you don’t have any of these, then you’ll need to prepare a valid passport ahead.
You may or may not need a visa to get in to Suriname. It depends on where you’re coming from. If you need to apply for a visa, you are more likely to receive a single entrance visa which grants you a single visit to the country.
Flights headed for Suriname are available at Amsterdam and some parts of the United States. You can also access Suriname by road from Guyana if you take a minibus. You can also ride a small car from French Guiana and board a car ferry boat to reach Suriname. Small boats and ferries frequently transfer passengers between these two countries too.
Traveling To French Guiana
The French Guiana can be reached by plane through Suriname, Brazil, France, Panama, Costa Rica, Miami, the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, and Martinique.
If you’re in Brazil or Suriname, you have more options to reach French Guiana. From Brazil for instance, you can bring a car and ride a barge across the Oiapoque River. You can also cross the river by riding a motorboat or a dugout canoe. From Suriname, you can ride a ferry boat to get across the Le Maroni river. It will take only 15 minutes to reach the French Guiana by boat from either Brazil or Suriname.