Intercountry Adoption

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Guyana

Guyana
Co-operative Republic of Guyana
Exercise increased caution in Guyana due to crime.

Exercise increased caution in Guyana due to crime.

Violent crime, such as armed robbery and murder, is common. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.   

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Guyana:

  • Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
  •  Be aware of your surroundings.
  •  Avoid walking or driving at night.
  •  Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  •  Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
  •  Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  •  Review the Crime and Safety Report for Guyana.
  •  U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Last Update: Reissued after periodic review without changes.

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Hague Convention Participation

Hague Adoption Convention Country?
Yes

Hague Convention Information

Intercountry adoption is not possible from Guyana at this time, except for transition cases as discussed below.  For more information please see the related notice.

Guyana Transition Cases

With reference to our Adoption Notice dated June 1, 2019, Guyana has confirmed that it will continue to process certain adoption cases under the non-Convention process in effect prior to June 1. These cases are those in which a U.S. citizen filed a Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition, or a Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, prior to June 1, 2019, or in which a final adoption was completed prior to June 1, 2019. CI will continue to coordinate with Guyanese authorities on issues related to “transition cases” and Guyana’s accession to the Hague Adoption Convention. 

We are in the process of updating our Country Information Sheet for Guyana. Please continue to monitor adoption.state.gov for updated information as it becomes available. If you have any questions about this notice, please contact the Office of Children’s Issues at adoption@state.gov

Last Updated: June 14, 2019

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Georgetown
100 Young and Duke Streets
Georgetown, Guyana
Telephone
+(592) 225-4900/9
Emergency
+(592) 623-1992
Fax
+(592) 225-8497

Guyana Map