Message for U.S. Citizens: Street Closures Bordering the Georgetown Prison

The United States Embassy in Georgetown Guyana would like to caution all U.S. Citizens traveling to or residing in Guyana to be aware of street closures bordering the Georgetown Prison. These street closures are a result of a temporary increase in Guyana Police Force (GPF) and Defense Force personnel deployments stemming from the recent prisoner riots which protested overcrowding/prison conditions and delays in trial dates.

As of this moment, the situation at the prison has stabilized after ministerial level negotiations were held with inmates earlier today. However, the streets surrounding the prison remain closed. These streets include Bent, Durban, Camp, and George Streets located in the Werk-en-Rust section of Georgetown. All U.S. citizens should expect pedestrian and vehicular traffic delays in this area.

Additionally, the GPF has increased police patrols along the East Bank Public Road with focus on the Agricola section of Georgetown.

This security notice also serves to remind all U.S. Citizens to avoid large crowds, demonstrations, or protests as these gatherings can be unpredictable.

Contact the U.S. Embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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The U.S. Embassy in Georgetown is located at 100 Duke & Young Streets, Kingston, Georgetown. During regular business hours you may call American Citizen Services Unit at (592) 225-4900/9 Ext. 4222. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is (592) 623-1992.