Important Notice: Non-machine readable passports are no longer valid effective October 2015
The Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, in responding to the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which requires the expiration of NON-MACHINE READABLE PASSPORTS by November 2015, issues machine readable passports to all Guyanese both at home and abroad.
These passports presents a stronger defence against identity theft, alteration, forgery and alien smuggling to the benefit of the Guyanese traveller, and provides all Guyanese with a document that is internationally respected. They are valid for five (5) years only and are non-renewable (must be replaced).
The Embassy of Guyana in Beijing facilitates all requests for the issuance of Machine Readable Passports.
Note: Applicants under the age of eighteen (18) years at the time of application must have the consent of their parents/legal guardian for all passport transactions.
1. Renewal of Passport
Machine readable passports are issued for a period of five (5) years only and are non-renewable. Applicants whose machine readable passports have expired, are required to apply for a new passport. Application forms are available here or on the following website:
2. Applying for a New (Machine Readable) Passport
Expatriate citizens of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana desirous of applying for a new Machine Readable Passport (MRP) shall present him/herself in person to the Embassy of Guyana in Beijing and submit an application.
The completed application form will then be sent to the Central Immigration and Passport Office in Georgetown via courier service, for processing.
Once the application has been processed, the passport will be personalized and issued to the originating Embassy/Consular Office by means of courier service. There, the Applicant will be required to uplift the passport in person.
IMPORTANT: Guyanese nationals residing in the People's Republic of China are required to present newly issued passports to local immigration authorities within 10days of receipt, to update visa and residence permit information. Failure to do so, within the specified timeframe, may result in hefty fines.
For further information, please contact us at the Consular Affairs section on the following telephone number:
English & Chinese: (86-10) 6532-1337
1. It takes approximately eight(8) to ten(10) weeks to process an application for a Machine Readable Passport
2. Replacing lost passports takes approximately three (3) months
3. Replacing damaged passports takes approximately two (2) months
Passports may be returned via courier service under special circumstances, provided that the appropriate arrangements are made in advance with the Embassy. Applicants requiring this service must include these charges to the required fees. Applicants may also make pre-paid arrangements with their company of choice and have the Account Number and other relevant information transmitted to the Embassy.
Application Procedure for a MRP
Step 1: Download application form for a new Machine Readable Passport (MRP) from here or one of the following links:
Access application forms here
Step 2: Complete application form. All sections of the application form must be completely and accurately filled. The applicant will present him/herself physically to the Embassy of the Republic of Guyana in Beijing with the completed application form and required documents. These include:
1. Original passport along with two copies of the relevant pages of the old/previous passport – if re-applying and an old passport is available, copies are to be made of pages 1-4 and the bio-data page;
2. Birth Certificate - orginal and two additional copies;
3. Two recent colour, background of photos must be white, passport-size photographs (no larger than 45×35mm (1.77×1.38 inches) or smaller than 32×26mm (1.26×1.02inches). Only one photograph is to be endorsed;
4. National Identification Card – if applicable;
5. Naturalized Certificate - if Applicant is a Naturalized citizen;
6. Registered Deed Poll – in the case of name change, along with the original and two copies of the Applicant’s birth certificate or where applicable, the original and two copies of the Registration certificate;
7. Marriage Certificate – in the case of married women, in addition to a copy of the husband’s birth certificate (an affidavit is also required if an Applicant has been known by/has been using names other than those on his/her official documents)
8. Residence permit
9. Application Fee
Step 3: These forms 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 personalized and issued to the originating Consular Office – Guyana Embassy, Beijing (via courier), where the applicant will be required to uplift the MRP.
1. Applicants for a new passport will need suitable recommenders (or references) to complete (in English) Section 7 of the form, on their behalf.
2. Recommenders/guarantors need not be Guyanese nationals but must be of a professional status e.g. Justice of Peace, Member of Parliament, Minister of Religion, Doctor, Lawyer, Teacher, Bank Officer or Police Officer etc. The recommender/guarantor must affix his/her official stamp on all new passport applications.
3. Signatures must be in cursive writing (joined writing) and not in script.
4. Children under the age of eighteen (18) must be accompanied by their parents. In the absence of either parent,consent must be given by the other parent. Other guardians are required to present documents proving legal guardianship.
5. Photographs must be taken full-faced with head uncovered,background of photos must be white. Please see size dimensions above.
3. Guideline for Lost or Damaged Passports:
Applicants are required to submit a notarized affidavit stating the circumstances under which their passport was damaged, in addition to all of the above-stated requirements for a MRP.
Guyanese citizens living abroad who have lost their passports are advised to report the matter to the nearest police station as soon as possible and obtain a copy of the police report. They are then required to submit, to the Embassy, a copy of that report along with a notarized affidavit stating the circumstances under which the passport was lost, the completed application form and all other documents listed under the requirements for a MRP.