COVID-19 Information

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Last updated: 07/30/2021

*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. ***

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Government of Guyana announced an update of the COVID-19 emergency measures on April 30, 2021. A nation-wide curfew remains in force from 10:30 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., with stores and businesses able to remain open between 4am until 9:30 p.m.  Restaurants are permitted to open for outdoor dining, delivery, drive-thru, curbside pickup and take out until 9:30 p.m.; indoor dining is allowed at 40% capacity with additional restrictions.  Large gatherings are still not permitted, and restrictions continue with attendance limits for religious services restricted to 40% the capacity of the building where the services are held. Face masks are required to be worn in public spaces.  The revised measures took effect from July1st and will last until July 31st, 2021.
  • On-site learning in schools continues to be subject to compliance measures set forth in the Official Gazette under the Covid-19 National Task Force and the Ministry of Education.
  • Additional information on Guyana COVID-19 information is available here, and the full text of the emergency order is available in the latest Official Gazette.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Guyana? Yes 
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes  
  • Ministry of Health Public Testing
    • Public testing is only for people showing symptoms or who have been in contact with someone with COVID-19; not available for travelers.
    • Cost: Free (no cost)
    • Only the PCR test is offered. Results are available within 72 hours.
    • Present yourself at one of the locations below stating your reason for requiring the test, or contact the COVID-19 hotline at 624-3067 / 227-4986:
      • Herstelling – East Bank Demerara
      • Paradise – East Coast Demerara
      • Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation Inc (using the East Street Entrance)
  • Ministry of Health Approved PCR testing facility (costs vary):
        • Eureka Medical Laboratory
          • Address: 263 Thomas St. North Cummingsburg Georgetown
          • Only the PCR test is offered. Results are available within 48 hours.
          • Schedule: PCR test is administered every day.
            • Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
            • Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
            • Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
          • Cost: GYD $25,000 (or USD $125), payment in cash (GYD or USD) or credit card (Visa or Mastercard only)
            • Testing can be done at one’s residence for an extra GYD $10,000.
          • Appointment and pre-testing phone interview are required.
          • Phone: 225-7574 / 227-0622 / 226-8979
          • Test results are available by email and/or hard copy document.
  • Ministry of Health Approved labs for Antigen rapid test (costs vary):
    • Balwant Singh Hospital Laboratory
      • Address: Lot 314 East Street South Cummingsburg
      • Phone: 226-4279
      • Antigen and antibody tests are available.
      • Results are available within one (1) hour, in the form of a hard copy document.
      • Schedule: Testing is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
      • Cost: GYD $10,000, payment in cash (GYD or USD) or credit card (Visa or Mastercard)
      • However, testing conducted outside the below hours will incur an additional GYD $1,000 emergency fee:
        • Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
        • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Schedule:
        • Sunday: always incurs emergency fee
  • Leslie Persaud Clinic & Diagnostic Centre
    • Address: 38 Brickdam Stabroek G/town
    • Phone: (592-226-5325)
    • Appointment: Walk-in appointments are available and must be done at least 2-3 days before travel*
    • Results are available within 10-30 minutes
    • Schedule:
      • Mon- Fri – 08:00h – 12:00h and 14:00h-15:00h
    • Cost: GY$9,000 (GY$) – Antigen
    • Results: hard copy same appointment
  • Woodlands Hospital Limited Laboratory
    • Address: 110-111 Carmichael Street, Georgetown
    • Appointment: Walk-in appointments are available and must be done at least 2-3 days before travel*
    • Results are available within 10-30 minutes
    • Schedule:
      • Mon – Sun 24 hours
    • Cost: GY$8,000 (GY$ or card) – Antigen & GY$12,000 (GY$ or card) – Antibodies
    • Results: Received the same day of the appointment.
    • https://www.facebook.com/Woodlands-Limited-1012776445452055/
  • Sheriff Medical Centre Laboratory
    • Address: Sheriff St, Georgetown
    • Walk-in or call to make an appoint (592-225-1495). Appointment/walk-in must be done at least 2 days before travel.
    • Results are available within 24-48 hours.
    • Length of time for the test: 10-30 minutes
    • Schedule:
      • Mon- Sun – 08:00hrs – midnight
    • Cost: GY$20,000 (GY$, US$, or VISA)
    • Test results are available by email and/or hard copy document
    • https://www.facebook.com/sheriffmedicalcentergy/

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Guyana approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Guyana for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • Which Vaccines are available in Guyana? AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, SputnikV
  • Visit the Guyana Ministry of Health website for locations and procedures on where and when you can be vaccinated.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • Anyone entering Guyana must submit the results of their PCR COVID-19 test (taken within seven days of the scheduled flight) electronically via an online Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before arrival. The results must indicate the test is a “PCR Test.”  Detailed requirements are listed here.
    • Travelers must provide a copy of their negative PCR COVID-19 test to the airline at check-in, and to Port Health Officials upon arrival; test results should be in English to facilitate validation. If test results are more than 72 hours old upon flight departure for Guyana, the traveler must be re-tested at the airport at their own expense (fees will be collected by the airline before boarding from the traveler; COVID testing at the airport is approximately $85.00 USD and is subject to change).  Once tested at the airport, travelers will be allowed to continue travel to their residence or hotel.  The traveler must remain at their residence or hotel until receiving a negative test result; test results are generally available within four to six hours.  If the traveler tests positive, the Government of Guyana will require the traveler to self-isolate or quarantine for up to 14 days.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • Screening includes temperature check, additional disinfection, and information collection for contact-tracing.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes
    • There is a nationwide curfew from 10:30 p.m. until 4:00 a.m.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
  • Travel Between Guyana and Suriname: The Moleson Creek Crossing is open three days per week and the Ministry of Public Works  determines the days and times when the crossing shall be open.
  • The Lethem (Kurupukari) crossing is closed except on Thursdays and only to facilitate the crossing of essential goods and services.
  • There are no flights to and from Brazil.

Quarantine Information  

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
    • Any inbound traveler, including U.S. citizens, is required to quarantine if they exhibit symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 after arrival to Guyana.
  • All persons over two (2) years old traveling to Guyana must present a negative molecular biological PCR test dated within 7 days prior to arrival, in order to enter the country. PCR Test results must be submitted electronically through guyanatravel.gy, and travelers must also present a copy of the test results bearing their name at the airline check in counter and upon arrival in Guyana.
  • Persons whose tests were taken more than 72 hours (3 days) prior to travel are required to have a repeat test done on arrival in Guyana. Fees for the second PCR test are to be collected by the airline before boarding the passenger.  Children under 2 years old, traveling with parents or other authorized adults who have tested negative are not required to be tested.
  • Persons whose test was taken within 72 hours (less than 3 days) prior to travel, and children below the age of thirteen (13) are not required to be tested on arrival. Airport health authorities may also conduct additional testing for COVID-19 for arriving passengers who exhibit symptoms, such as a temperature above 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit.  Any passenger exhibiting symptoms or testing positive upon arrival shall comply with the Ministry of Health measures for self-isolation and/or quarantine for a duration of 14 days.
    • Persons who test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival are required to isolate in a government facility or, with government approval, private lodging. There is no fee for lodging at a government facility; the individual is responsible for all costs for private lodging.

Transportation Options:

    • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
      • Guyana’s international airports reopened to commercial flights on October 12, 2020. American Airlines, Jet Blue, Suriname Airlines, and Caribbean Airlines are currently offering service from the United States to Guyana.
      • Per the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), any person seeking to fly into Guyana from abroad—including U.S. citizens—must complete a Passenger Locator Form and comply with testing guidelines, see https://guyanatravel.gy/ for more details.
    • Is public transportation operating? Yes

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Individuals found to be in non-compliance would be subject to fines under the Public Health Ordinance Act, Section 152.

Consular Operations:

  • ACS services being offered
  • Visa services being offered: 
    • U.S. Embassy Georgetown is now resuming visa operations in phases under the State Department’s Diplomacy Strong framework and local guidelines. In September 2020, we resumed scheduling certain nonimmigrant and immigrant visa interview appointments, giving priority to certain categories of visas.  Appointments for some categories of routine visas, including visitor visas for vacation travel (B1/B2), are still limited at this time.
    • You can schedule your visa appointment through our website https://ais.usvisa-info.com/ or call center at 1-877-246-6788 (local) or 703-988-5765 (U.S). The Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee validity dates have been extended to December 31, 2021.

Local Resources:

PCR Test Waiver for Entering the United States 

Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel.  There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.  Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at acsgeorge@state.gov, and provide the information below.  The U.S. Embassy or Consulate will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.

The following information must be provided for each passenger:

  1. Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
  2. Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
  3. Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
  4. U.S. destination address
    1. Is U.S. destination home address?
  5. Departure date
  6. Flight itinerary
  7. Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
  8. Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  9. Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  10. Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  11. Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
  12. Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
  13. Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)