Guyana’s land borders with Brazil remain closed

-limited essential travel allowed
-Min. Anthony

Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Frank Anthony says Guyana’s land borders with Brazil have been closed for a while now and remain closed.

Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Frank Anthony

Responding to questions about more easily transmissible COVID-19 variant recently discovered in Brazil, Minister Anthony said Government is taking every precaution on the matter.

“They’re actually named variants of concern because of the types of mutation. We are very concerned because of its proximity to us, we must pay close attention to our land border which have been closed for some time now, we haven’t really opened our land border, the bridge over the Takutu River has been closed,” Minister Anthony stated during Friday’s COVID-19 update.

However, because the two countries are so closely linked economically allowances have been granted for monitored interactions.

“We do allow on Thursdays, very limited amount of interaction where goods come over from Brazil and goods from Guyana go across to Brazil, so there’s a very limited interaction, and that is properly supervised by the health authorities of both countries.”

On reports of illegal crossing, Minister Anthony said the authorities on both sides have patrols along the borders. 

“We have had a problem with a lot of people crossing over the Takutu [River] illegally, and while it’s a very long border and very difficult to patrol, on our side we have the Joint Services working very hard to be able to cover that area. On the Brazilian side, they have also increased patrols, so for some time now movement between the two countries have been severely restricted along the land border.”

Minister Anthony said security and border patrols will continue to be vigilant, while the health authorities in Region Nine have been placed on alert for any changes in the epidemiological pattern.

Reports from the Pan American Health Organization state that this particular variant may already be several South American states.

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