Passengers arriving at Guyana’s airports to follow strict guidelines

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, June 18, 2020

As Guyana embarks on a phased re-opening process, the Ministry of Public Health continues to outline specific guidelines that each traveller must adhere to.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud continued the discussion on what is required of each traveller upon arrival and disembarkation at either of Guyana’s international airports.

Ministry of Public Health, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud.

Arriving passengers will be expected to wear their facial masks at all time and are only allowed to remove them if providing care. Temperature, symptom-health questionnaire and other COVID-specific entry screening will be conducted.

Dr. Persaud also noted that any other measures considered necessary by the country including disinfection by cabin spraying before arrival will be carried out. Also, information on anyone with cough, fever or other respiratory symptoms must be provided to Port Health Authority on arrival.

Upon arrival, all crew MUST use approved transportation and be confined to designated facilities.

Airlines MUST submit on each arriving flight the following documents to the relevant health authority, General Flight Declaration; Immediate report of illnesses during the journey; Full travel history for each individual and full medical log (for passengers and workers).

Importantly, travellers who present a negative PCR test results will undergo a 7-day quarantine period. Other travellers who would have had the PCR test done on the day of flight and the results are not available will be subject to 14 days quarantine until further advice is given.

The Ministry of Public Health continues to remind that a rapid test result is not accepted and only a PCR test result is what would guarantee consideration for travel.

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