COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 11/18/2021

***Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States

Country-Specific Information:

The Government of Guyana announced an update of the COVID-19 emergency measures on October 31, 2021. All adult passengers traveling to Guyana must show proof of being fully vaccinated (fully vaccinated means 2 weeks after your second dose of an accepted vaccine or 2 weeks after an accepted single dose vaccine). Travelers to Guyana must also present a negative molecular biological PCR test or Rapid Antigen Test result taken within 3 days of arrival. Please check the latest Official Gazette for more details.

  • A nation-wide curfew remains in force from 12:00 midnight to 4:00 a.m., with stores and businesses able to remain open between 4:00 am until 11:00 p.m.  Restaurants are permitted to open for outdoor dining, delivery, drive-thru, curbside pickup and take out until 11:00 p.m.; indoor dining is allowed at 60% capacity with additional restrictions.  Large gatherings are still not permitted, and restrictions continue with attendance limits for religious services restricted to 60% 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 November 1 and will last until November 30, 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 & Antigen Testing Facilities (costs vary):

  • Eureka Medical Laboratory
  • Coastal Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Sheriff Medical Centre Laboratory
  • New Vision Labs Inc.

 

  • Average PCR Cost: US$75
  • Average Antigen Cost:US25
  • Results typically available in 1 hour for Antigen Test and 24 hours for PCR Test. Most labs provide both a digital and physical copy of the result.

Ministry of Health Approved Labs for Antigen Rapid Test only (costs vary):

  • Balwant Singh Hospital Laboratory
  • Leslie Persaud Clinic & Diagnostic Centre
  • Woodlands Hospital Limited Laboratory
  • Sheriff Medical Centre Laboratory
  • Anamayah Memorial Hospital
  • Biotec Medical laboratory
  • St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
  • Quest Medical Centre (Georgetown)
  • Midway Specialty Care Center
  • Caresworth Medical Centre & Pharmacy

 

  • Average Antigen Cost:US25
  • Results typically available in 1 hour. Most labs provide both a digital and physical copy of the result.

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, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson
  • 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 Antigen) & Proof of Vaccination required for entry? Yes
  • Anyone entering Guyana must present results of their PCR or Antigen COVID-19 test (taken within 72 hours of the scheduled flight). All travelers over the age of 12 must also provide proof of being fully vaccinated to enter Guyana. Children not old enough to be vaccinated are exempt. Travelers over the age of 12 who are not vaccinated should not travel to Guyana.
  • Travelers must provide a copy of their negative COVID-19 test and proof of vaccination 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 12:00 midnight 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.
  • 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.  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.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • All passengers and operators of public transportation must wear a mask. http://www.guyanapoliceforce.gy/
  • All transportation operators and conductors are required to be fully vaccinated.

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: 
  • We have opened appointments for American Citizen Services. Please schedule through our website https://gy.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/citizenship-services/appointments.  You must wear a cloth face covering and comply with social distancing during your appointment.  Please arrive at the embassy 15 minutes prior to your appointment.  No walk-in customers are accepted.
  • 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:

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