COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 06/21/2022

***  As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions 

 

Country-Specific Information:

On June 18, 2022, the Government of Guyana announced an update of the COVID-19 emergency measures. Beginning June 18, there will no longer be a COVID-19 testing requirement for entry into the country. Travelers to Guyana no longer need to show a negative COVID-19 test result. All adult passengers traveling to Guyana must still 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).

Wearing a face mask is no longer mandatory but is encouraged when a person is in public spaces.

  • There is no longer a  nation-wide curfew and there are no longer limits or restrictions for public gatherings. Places of worship, restaurants, gyms and other businesses may operate at 100% capacity.
  • Places of worship, businesses, and employers must ensure that there are handwashing or sanitizing stations placed at the entrance of their premises. While not mandatory, employees and customers are still encouraged to wear a face mask.
  • 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 Public Health Ordinance 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 one calendar day? 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.
  • Balwant Singh Hospital Laboratory

 

  • 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):

  • Leslie Persaud Clinic & Diagnostic Centre
  • Woodlands Hospital Limited 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) required for entry?  No
  • Is Proof of Vaccination required for entry? Yes
  • 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.
  • A COVID-19 test is no longer required for entry into Guyana
  • 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? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
  • Travel Between Guyana and Suriname: The Moleson Creek Crossing is opened and the Ministry of Public Works/Board determines the days and times when the crossing shall be open.
  • The Lethem (Kurupukari) crossing is opened Monday to Friday.
  • 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 self quarantine if they exhibit symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 after arrival to Guyana.

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
  • Passengers and operators of public local transportation are not required to wear a mask, but are encouraged to.

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 has resumed processing of all types of visas. 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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