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Guyana COVID-19 Country-Specific Information:
For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Guyana, please consult the Guyana Ministry of Public Health website at health.gov.gy.
On April 29th, the Government of Guyana announced an extension of COVID-19 Emergency measures (PDF 1.58 MB) to continue for the period of July 3rd to August 3, 2020. A national curfew from 6 PM until 6 AM remains until July 17th. As previously announced, a limited number of essential services will be operating daily with reduced hours of service. A full list of details is available here and the full text of the emergency order is available in the official Gazette (PDF 1.52 MB).
The Ministry of Public Health website https://health.gov.gy/ contains the latest information and guidance on COVID-19 mitigation measures. The Ministry of Public Health requests people who are experiencing symptoms with possible exposure to the coronavirus contact the Ministry of Health hotline at 227-4986 x215/624-3067.
Flight Restrictions and Airport Closures
The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has extended the closure of Guyanese airspace to all international arrivals from July 2 to August 1. Phase one which would have ended on June 30, 2020 is now extended to July 31, 2020 and Phase two will now commence on August 1, 2020. The proposed dates in the GCAA Four Phase Reopening Plan will continue to be dictated by the Covid-19 situation. https://www.gcaa-gy.org/airport-closure-2020.html.
The GCAA created a four phase plan to reopen the country’s airport to international passengers.
The first phase (current) includes the facilitation of repatriation flights, special authorized flights, outgoing flights, technical stops, medevac flights, training and development of Regulations and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for aviation personnel and aircraft operators. These flights require an approved flight plan and for the operator to request special permission through the GCAA.
The second phase (start August 1) will see the reopening of the airports for limited flights for incoming citizens, permanent residents, international workers, diplomats and international agencies.
The third phase entails the expansion of the number of flights coming to Guyana, and the removal of travel restrictions from different states.
The final phase will depend on several factors including the readiness of the other States, the removal of travel restrictions by those States and the number of active COVID-19 cases in Guyana and other countries and ports of origin of flights to Guyana.
Flight availability for U.S. citizens to depart:
We will continue to post updated health, security and travel information through the Department of State’s travel alert system and on the U.S. Embassy Facebook page, as soon as we have further updates.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
Are there any new restrictions in place because of the worldwide outbreak?
According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ statement released March 27, Guyana has effectively closed all ports of entry and exit and closed its seaports to international vessels. U.S. citizens are permitted to depart Guyana on repatriation flights during Phase 1.
Do travelers need particular documentation to enter/exit?
According to the Ministry of Public Health, inbound travelers (when permitted) will be asked to provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test that was administered within 48 hours of the flight. Travelers will be subject to temperature checks upon arrival, additional disinfection procedures, and personal contact information will be requested to facilitate contact-tracing.
What procedures are currently in place at airports and other ports of entry?
The Ministry of Public Health has heightened active surveillance measures at Guyana’s sea, air, and land ports. Passengers should expect to share COVID-19 PCR Test results prior to their arrival in Guyana. Inbound passengers will be subject to temperature screening, additional disinfection procedures, and personal contact information will be requested to facilitate contact-tracing.
The Ministry of Public Health has the authority to forcibly (if necessary) quarantine any person who tests positive for COVID-19 in either a hospital or camp created for the reception, isolation and treatment of persons suffering from COVID-19. Inbound International Travelers are requested to self-quarantine at home for up to 7 days after arrival.