Guidelines for travelling to Guyana
Requirements for Entry into Guyana
- All travelers to Guyana must complete a pre-arrival Online Passenger Locator form at least 24 hours before arrival. This online form will include personal health information for any disease including COVID-19.
- All persons travelling to Guyana must take a molecular COVID-19 RNA PCR test within 7 days prior to arrival in order to enter the country. PCR Test results must be submitted electronically at www.GuyanaTravel.org | Travel592.org and travelers are required to present a copy of the test results bearing their name at the airline check in counter and upon arrival in Guyana.
- Airlines must verify that the covid-19 molecular PCR test was done within the stipulated 7 day time limit for persons to qualify to board.
- Persons whose tests were taken more than 72 hours (3 days) prior to travel are required to have a repeat test done on arrival in Guyana. Fees for the second PCR test are to be collected by the airline before boarding the passenger.
- Persons whose test was taken within 72 hours (less than 3 days) prior to travel are not required to be tested on arrival.
- Test results must be validated by the Port Health Officials from the Ministry of Health in Guyana. Test results should be presented in English to facilitate validation.
- Passengers with a negative PCR result taken within 72 hours of travel will be assessed by Port Health and if asymptomatic, will be free to proceed to the immigration points. These travelers will be permitted to leave the airport after clearance by Immigration, Customs and Port Health Officials.
- Arriving passengers with molecular PCR tests exceeding the 72-hour limit will be required to repeat the PCR test at the facilities provided at the airport.
- Persons arriving in Guyana without a valid, negative COVID-19 PCR test result may be denied entry into the country or will be required to take a test upon arrival, at their own expense. Such persons will be required to pay the fee for the test at the testing facility located at the airport.
- Individuals who have had a positive viral test in the previous 90 days, and have met the criteria to end isolation, may travel with documentation of the positive viral test result and an official written or electronic document from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official that states the individual has been cleared for travel. The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “Certificate of Clearance from quarantine/isolation.” A negative COVID-19 test would not be required in this case.
Please note, NO rapid tests are acceptable for travel to Guyana. No anti body or antigen test.
In all cases, if testing is done on arrival for any reason the following will apply:
- All persons must provide a valid local telephone number that is verifiable by Port Health Authorities. Each passenger is required to call a Port Health provided number for verification.
- All persons must remain in quarantine until they receive their results. Results are received within 6-8 hours of sample collection. Persons who test positive must isolate either in a suitable home, hotel or government isolation facility.
The Ministry of Health reserves the right to require testing of any person regardless of documentation presented or any other requirement, obligation or condition associated with their assigned risk category.
Procedures at Port of Entry
Processing of Arriving Passengers
- Masks must be worn at all times while at the airport.
- Children less than 2 years old are not recommended to wear masks.
- All passengers travelling to Guyana are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (negative molecular biological PCR test) result within three (3) days upon arrival from a recognized medical institution or lab in the originating State.
- All incoming travelers must undergo a health assessment which may include a temperature check and a brief interview by Port Health Officials.
- Children below the age of two (2) years old travelling with parents or other authorized adults who have tested negative are not required to be tested. Older children must present a valid, negative molecular biological PCR test result. On arrival, no child under the age of 13 is required to be retested.
- All incoming passengers will be required to pay for a second PCR test at the point of departure at the airline counter in order to be permitted to board.
- A passenger who declines testing on arrival will be denied entry into Guyana and therefore should not be allowed to board.
- Passengers who are not in possession of a negative PCR test result will not be allowed by the aircraft operator to board the aircraft unless otherwise advised by the Ministry of Health.
- Arriving passengers will be directed to the Port Health counter in the airport arrival area where they shall present their PCR test result and the bio-data page of their passport to Port Health Officials so as to aid in the verification and update of their online passenger locator form information. Passengers are encouraged to provide a factual molecular biological PCR test to the aircraft operator and to Port Health upon arrival.
- Passengers presenting or submitting a false or ‘non-factual’ molecular biological PCR test to the aircraft operator and to Port Health shall be liable to pay a fine of not more than G$250,000 upon summary conviction.
- Port Health Officials shall visually evaluate each passenger, record the temperature of the passengers, review the PCR test results and review and update the passenger’s online locator form.
- Passengers who record a temperature above 37.5C (99.5F) or who appear ill and/ or display some symptoms of COVID-19 shall be further evaluated by Port Health in an isolated environment, tested, and remain in the quarantine area until the issuance of the laboratory results.
- A passenger testing positive for COVID-19 shall comply with Ministry of Health’s measures for isolation which may be duration of 14 days depending on whether the passenger continues to present with symptoms of COVID-19.
- Port Health personnel shall contact the aircraft operator to ascertain the in-plane seating arrangement of passenger(s) who may be at additional risk or tested positive for COVID-19 after arrival. Subject passengers who traveled with the positive case and who were seated two rows in front, within the same row, and two rows behind from the positive case will be subjected to further evaluation and monitoring.
- Passengers travelling with and identified as contacts of the positive case shall comply with Ministry of Health’s measures for quarantine which may be duration of 7 to 10 days.
- The Ministry of Health shall determine if any additional measures (testing) will be instituted based on the evaluation on completion of the quarantine period.
- For more information or clarifications, kindly contact the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on +592 699 9074 or the Port Health Authority on +592 261 2612219, +592 6241294 or +592 6241296.