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Guyana: 2 Best eSIMs Compared + Discounts (2023)

Guyana – known for being the only (official) English-speaking country in South America.

The country is also known for its rainforests, the blend of multiple cultures & its natural resources.

But there is also a lot to see and to do in Guyana.

You could see the Kaieteur Falls with your own eyes.

You can also explore many cathedrals and churches, like the St. George's Cathedral.

And, of course, you can enjoy your time on the beach, such as the Shell Beach.

Honestly, there is no reason to be bored in Guyana.

But before you share your colorful Guyana experiences online, be aware that international roaming can be expensive.

Travel eSIMs can be a much more affordable way to stay connected, even in Guyana.

How much will a travel eSIM for Guyana cost?

You can get a travel eSIM for Guyana for as little as 9.50 USD, with 1 GB for 7 days, up to 54 USD, for 5 GB, from Airalo & Nomad.

While this may sound a bit pricey but international roaming will be even more expensive.

So yeah, these travel eSIMs can be worth it.

In this guide, I will go over the travel eSIM options offered by Airalo & Nomad. Let's go.

Buying an eSIM for Guyana Guide (logos of Airalo, Nomad & gucom)

Original publication: 2nd of September 2022. Last updated: 29th of November 2022.

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eSIMs offered by the Guyanese Mobile Operators

Suppose you want to get the best service and reception available in Guyana.

In that case, it is better to get a SIM card or travel eSIM from the local mobile operators, which in this case would be the Guyanese ones.

Not only will you not have to deal with latency, but you also get a higher priority on the network because you are a direct customer of the mobile operator instead of a roamer.

And with most travel eSIMs, you are roaming on the network(s) of the local mobile operator(s).

But that is not always the case – the slow speeds part, that is.

Some mobile operators throttle the speeds of prepaid customers because they want more people to get a postpaid plan.

Unfortunately, travelers cannot get postpaid plans – so one way to avoid throttling is by using a travel eSIM.

Yes – travel eSIMs sometimes have faster speeds than native prepaid customers because of throttling.

So, which Guyanese mobile operators offer eSIMs to prepaid customers? None do.

You have several other options for getting an eSIM for your trip to Guyana: Airalo (with Gucom) & Nomad.

One of the main advantages of getting a travel eSIM for Guyana is that (1) you do not have to try to speak (broken) English to get a local eSIM, (2) you can set up the eSIM before arriving in Guyana and activate it upon landing & (3) you do not have to deal with Guyana's SIM card registration laws.

I have to mention that travel eSIMs will be more expensive than local eSIMs and SIM cards, but they are more convenient.

Moreover, I have plenty of experience with the eSIMs from Airalo & Nomad, so I can vouch for them – so can many Phone Travel Wiz readers!

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So let's go over what the travel eSIMs offer for Guyana!

Airalo eSIMs for Guyana (Gucom)

Guyana Gucom eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

If you have read any of my eSIM or SIM card buying guides before, then you know I am a big fan of Airalo.

Not only does Airalo have eSIMs for most countries (around 190 countries) of any eSIM platform, but they are also often one of the cheapest while offering fantastic service in terms of speeds and reception.

That is because Airalo usually partners up with the mobile operator with the best coverage, the fastest speeds, both, or even multiple operators.

That way, you get the best bang for your buck, I have to say.

In the case of Guyana, the Gucom uses the GTT network.

GTT Guyana Logo
© GTT Guyana

So, which Guyana Gucom eSIMs are available? You have this one option:

  1. Guyana/Gucom 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 9.50 USD
Guyana Gucom eSIM Airalo (with Prices)

Now, you may think this is a sad selection or that 1 GB of data is insufficient.

Both points are true… I agree – but you can make unlimited top-ups with the Gucom eSIM through the Airalo website or apps.

So if you need 5 GB of data, you can purchase the Gucom 1 GB eSIM and get four 1 GB top-ups.

Yes, it is a bit inconvenient for now; Airalo may offer 3 GB, 5 GB & 10 GB plans with a 30-day validity for Guyana soon, as it did for many other countries it supports.

The Airalo links will automatically get you the available Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers – a code is unnecessary.

Airalo Gucom eSIM Pros

Are there any (more) reasons why you should get the Gucom eSIM? Yes, there are:

  • You can activate your Gucom eSIM as soon as you land in Guyana
  • You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access to GTT's network
  • Gucom eSIMs are affordable (especially compared to roaming)
  • SIM card registration is not a thing you have to worry about with the Gucom eSIM, saving you time
  • Multiple top-ups can be purchased when you are out of data or when your initial plan expires easily on the Airalo site or apps

I could list many more pros, but these are the major ones.

Unfortunately, there are some cons to be aware of.

Airalo Gucom eSIM Cons

Why should you not get the Gucom eSIM?

  • The Guyanese mobile operators, including GTT itself, have much more generous data allowances
  • There is only one plan available, the 1 GB one, meaning you have to keep topping up when you are out of data instead of buying a larger data plan from the start
  • While you get access to GTT's network, your speeds may not be as fast as going with GTT itself because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
  • There is no 5G NR access with the Gucom eSIM (yet)
  • You cannot call or text with the Gucom eSIM (nor can you receive them – you get no (local) phone number)

Airalo Gucom eSIM Overall Thoughts

The Gucom eSIM is a convenient eSIM that can be purchased before going to Guyana and can be activated upon arriving.

You get access to one of Guyana's best networks with the Gucom eSIM.

The main flaw, for now, is that you have to purchase multiple top-ups if you need more data than just 1 GB.

While getting a top-up is straightforward, some tourists, like myself, prefer to just buy one big data plan so that you do not have to worry about data allowances.

But besides that flaw, the Gucom eSIM is fine.

Remember, you cannot call or text with the Gucom eSIM, as it is a data-only eSIM.

Consider a Guyanese SIM card if calling and texting is important, but you have to deal with the (e)SIM (card) registration laws.

Nomad eSIMs for Guyana

Nomad eSIMs Logo
© Nomad

Nomad is one of the eSIM players on the market that managed to grow quickly.

That is because it is one of the few premium eSIM players out there, often using multiple partners to bring you the best coverage and speeds out there.

As a result, Nomad is often (slightly) more expensive than Airalo.

But good people run the company.

For example, upon my recommendation, it started offering the Nordics regional eSIM – an eSIM that can be used in Denmark, Finland, Sweden & Norway.

And many more regional eSIMs are coming – I can promise you that!

Anyway, what did I mean with “often using multiple partners to bring you the best coverage and speeds out there” earlier?

In Guyana, Nomad uses the Truphone network, which uses a combination of local networks (GTT (formerly Cellink Plus) & Digicel Guyana), allowing your eSIM to switch to the network with the best reception automatically.

This way, you will always have a connection (unless you are in the middle of a jungle, of course 🤪).

You have the following three options with Nomad for Guyana:

  1. Guyana 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 20 USD/20.50 EUR/17.50 GBP/26.50 CAD
  2. Guyana 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 48 USD/48.50 EUR/41 GBP/63 CAD
  3. Guyana 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 54 USD/54.50 EUR/46.50 GBP/70.50 CAD
Guyana eSIMs Nomad

Now, these prices are significantly higher when looking at the Airalo Guyana Gucom eSIM, especially the 1 GB variant.

And I can tell you that Phone Travel Wiz readers do not get the 1 GB or 3 GB variants at all – they too costly.

However, the readers who get the Nomad Guyana eSIM go for the 5 GB variant.

Mostly because the Airalo Guyana Gucom eSIM has only the 1 GB version, which requires multiple top-ups if you want more data and has a 7-day validity.

And, unlike the Gucom eSIM, the Nomad Guyana uses multiple networks instead of just one (GTT), giving you much better coverage and faster speeds.

So that is why many Phone Travel Wiz readers do not mind spending 6 USD more for the Nomad Guyana eSIM than the Gucom eSIM (9 USD) with four top-ups to get 5 GB of data (4 * 9 USD).

Wait… only 6 USD more? Is 54 USD – 45 USD not 9 USD?

That is correct (and you are paying attention!), but you can get 3 USD/2.85 EUR/2.45 GBP/4.10 CAD off your first Nomad purchase when using code ADU123!

I am looking out for you there 😏.

And, of course, just like the Airalo Guyana Gucom eSIM, you can also top up your Nomad Guyana eSIM on the Nomad site or apps.

Nomad Travel eSIM Reviews by Phone Travel Wiz

Nomad Guyana eSIM Pros

Are there any (more) reasons why you should get the Nomad Guyana? Yes:

  • SIM card registration and bureaucracy? Skip that with the Nomad Guyana eSIM, saving you time
  • You can activate your Nomad Guyana eSIM as soon as you land in Guyana
  • You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access to multiple Guyanese networks, allowing you to always have the best coverage and speeds
  • Nomad Guyana eSIMs are affordable compared to roaming
  • Nomad offers the most options (three) and longest validity (30 days) of any travel eSIM in this guide
  • Multiple top-ups can be purchased when you are out of data or when your initial plan expires easily on the Nomad site or apps

But it is not all good news with Nomad though – there are some disadvantages.

Nomad Guyana eSIM Cons

Why should you not get the Nomad Guyana eSIM?

  • Guyanese mobile operators have much more generous data allowances
  • While you get access to multiple Guyanese networks, your speeds may not be as fast as going with the mobile operators directly because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
  • Nomad has the most expensive plans for Guyana in this guide
  • There is no 5G NR access with the Nomad Guyana eSIM (yet)
  • You cannot call or text with the Nomad Guyana eSIM (nor can you receive them – you get no (local) phone number)

Nomad Guyana eSIM Overall Thoughts

Overall, the Nomad Guyana eSIM is an excellent premium eSIM offering the most options and longest validity in this guide.

And because the Nomad Guyana eSIM uses multiple networks, you will always have the best reception when traveling around Guyana.

The main con is that Nomad has the most expensive options in this guide.

And you cannot make calls and send SMS with the Nomad Guyana eSIM because it is a data-only eSIM.

Best eSIMs for in Central- and South America (not just Guyana)

So what if you plan to visit neighboring Brazil? Suriname? Venezuela? Or other countries in Central– and South America?

Unfortunately, you cannot use your Airalo Gucom or Nomad Guyana eSIMs in any country than Guyana.

However, Holafly has an eSIM covering the popular travel destinations in Central- and South America.

Sadly, Guyana is not one of them, but I still want to introduce them to you because they will be much cheaper than buying multiple eSIMs, or SIM cards for that matter, per country.

I highly recommend going with the Holafly South America eSIM, which also covers parts of Central America, if you plan on visiting multiple countries in the Americas, as you will save a lot of money when you do so.

Holafly Central- and South America eSIM

While Holafly officially calls this eSIM the South America eSIM, it can also be used in a few countries in Central America.

And as many Phone Travel Wiz readers who visit Guyana also visit neighboring countries, it will be better to get the Holafly South America eSIM for your travels.

The Holafly South America eSIM can be used in the following 13 countries:

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay

You only have one option for the Holafly South America eSIM: 6 GB eS/IM for 15 days, costing 44 USD/47 EUR/34 GBP/67 AUD/59 CAD.

South America eSIMs Holafly

Overview of the Best eSIMs for Guyana (Airalo vs. Nomad)

In this guide, I went over various eSIMs Guyana.

Below is an overview of my recommendation order:

  • Airalo's Guyana Gucom eSIM (cheapest)
  • Nomad Guyana eSIM (most eSIM options)

Remember to use code ADU123 for Nomad eSIMs – a code is not necessary for Airalo eSIM purchases.

Buying a SIM Card in Guyana

Do these eSIMs not sound appealing to you, or does your phone not support eSIMs (but still thought this guide was insightful enough that you read it until the end)?

Consider getting a Guyanese SIM card instead – that linked guide is the most extensive SIM card buying guide for Guyana on the web, packed with insightful information and tips.

Buying a SIM Card in Guyana Guide (logos of Digicel and GTT)

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