What is covered by the expedition costs?
The expedition costs paid to Operation Wallacea cover virtually everything from the start point of the expedition to the finish point of the expedition. This includes all accommodation, food, transfers between sites, all on-site training courses, $1.5 million medical and evacuation insurance, academic supervision, provision of all the support and medical staff and participation in any of the research projects being offered. The whole science programme and subsequent reporting is supported by the expedition costs.
The only exception is the Park one off entry fee which is payable by each person entering the forest (£10/$15). This can be paid at the same time as paying for your in-country travel expenses.
Travel, airport tax and visa costs
You are responsible for your own travel costs to and from the start and finish points of the expedition (see travel advice page).
Flights into Georgetown may occasionally include a transit in the United States and, although you will not necessarily be staying in the country, you will need to obtain an ESTA (an entry visa for the US). These can be organised by visiting the US Government website (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/), and cost $14 for a visa which is valid for two years. If you are a nationality included in the Visa on Arrival scheme in Guyana (see travel advice page), then you will not be charged for entering the country. This visa on arrival lasts for 90 days, which will be more than sufficient to cover your expedition with Operation Wallacea.
Money to bring with you
You will need to pay a departure tax when you leave Guyana ($21 US or $4000 Guyana dollars). You will also need enough spending money to cover personal on-site expenditure only. This may include snack and souvenir purchases made at local shops, and meals in Georgetown and at the airport.
The local currency is Guyana dollars. Changing money to Guyana Dollars is not possible before you leave but US dollars will be accepted in most locations. You can withdraw Guyana dollars from ATMs and use credit cards in Georgetown but check that your card will work in in Guyana if you plan on doing this.
Please also consider arranging a contingency fund to cover any emergencies, and check with your bank that your card will work in Guyana if needed.