Guyana COVID-19 Country-Specific Information:
As of April 7, The Guyana Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) confirms 31 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 115 people tested, 135 people in home quarantine, 35 people in institutional quarantine, five deceased and 23 people in institutional isolation. The MOPH increased its test kits to 1,800 and added 14 ventilators to its inventory. The Minister of Public Health stated that every region has the capacity to accommodate up to 134 people, with four additional centers that can accommodate another 350 people. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) announced on April 2 that after re-evaluating its model, the number of projected cases in Guyana could reach as high as 20,000 by May 5.
COVID-19 Emergency measures made pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2)(b) of the Direction of the President, given under the Public Health Ordinance, Cap. 145, and published in the Gazette, Legal Supplement B, 16th March 2020. This authority allows the Ministry to forcibly take a number of measures, including forced quarantine to include – “restrain, segregate and isolate” infected persons as well as the authority to “remove, disinfect, and destroy the personal effects, goods, buildings…exposed to infection.”
On April 3rd, the Minister of Health announced that all residents of Guyana will be restricted to their homes/yards. A national curfew from 6 PM until 6 AM is in effect for one month. A limited number of essential services will be operating daily with reduced hours of service. A full list of details is available here
The Ministry of Public Health website https://health.gov.gy/ contains their latest information and guidance. 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) closed Guyanese airspace to all international arrivals from March 19 to May 1. https://www.gcaa-gy.org/airport-closure-2020.html
However, the GCAA will allow the continuation of outgoing commercial flights, cargo flights, medevac flights, technical stops for fuel only, and other limited exceptions. These flights will require an approved flight plan and for the operator to request special permission through the GCAA.
We are requesting special permission for another commercial relief flight operated by Eastern Airlines to offer service between Georgetown and Miami early next week. If you are a U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident currently in Guyana who wishes to depart, we strongly encourage you to consider taking this flight or prepare to shelter in place in Guyana. We will not be able to offer this service indefinitely.
For those travelers with interest in next week’s flight- we strongly encourage you to complete this online form (copy hyperlink and open in Chrome browser) if you have not done so already.
If you encounter issues completing the online form (listed above), you can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Return Travel to the United States.” If emailing, please include the following information for each U.S. citizen or U.S. legal permanent resident guardian accompanying minor children in your family or group.
The U.S. Embassy in Guyana received approval for a commercial relief flight operated by Eastern Airlines (goeasternair.com) departing Georgetown to Miami Wednesday April 1, 2020 at 15:30 via Cheddi Jagan International Airport. It was fully booked. The U.S. Embassy received approval from the GCAA for another Eastern Airlines flight from Georgetown to Miami scheduled to depart at 16:30 on Saturday March 28, 2020. The flight was fully booked and departed on schedule.
The U.S. Embassy requested approval from the GCCA for Eastern Airlines to operate a commercial humanitarian flight on March 26, and it was fully booked within hours.
Eastern Airlines requested permission from the GCCA to operate a commercial flight on March 19, and it was fully booked within hours.
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.
According to the Ministry of Public Health, travelers need complete an additional questionnaire at the port of entry as part of the screening process. Travelers entering Guyana from the following countries may experience additional screening: Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Brazil, French Guiana, Panama, St. Vincent and the United States of America, People’s Republic of China, Italy, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and Iran.
What procedures are currently in place at airports and other ports of entry?
The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) closed Guyanese airspace to all international arrivals from March 19 to May 1. However, the GCAA will allow the continuation of outgoing commercial flights, cargo flights, medevac flights, technical stops for fuel only, and other limited exceptions.
The Ministry of Public Health has heightened active surveillance measures at Guyana’s sea, air, and land ports. The Maritime Administration Department has also announced several measures to help reduce the possibilities of Coronavirus from entering Guyana. Port health authorities have begun screening of all travelers from high-risk countries.
On March 16, the government of Guyana issued a Public Health Ordinance, granting the Ministry of Public Health 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.