GUYANA: Airports say they are ready for passengers from today – October 12. 2020

The country’s two international airports yesterday said they were ready to begin receiving passengers from today and the EFCIA said it expected its first flight from Caribbean Airlines (CAL) around October 19th.

As Guyana’s international airports reopen from today, incoming passengers who hold negative COVID-19 test results older than 72 hours will be subjected to a second PCR test and are likely to have to wait at the airports for approximately four hours before receiving their results.       

Following the Guyana Government’s decision to reopen the international airports, the Commercial Carriers have responded positively with several scheduled flights.  See schedules below:

No one will be allowed to enter Guyana without first testing negative for Covid – PM

Following a decision to reopen Guyana’s two international airports on October 12, Prime Minister, Retired Brigadier Mark Phillips has announced that protocols are being developed to ensure safe travel.At a recent press conference, it was noted that Government’s consideration for the reopening stemmed from a great demand. Officials have since been working to implement safety guidelines, in keeping with the scheduled timeline.

“There is a demand for the reopening of the airports. In a simple sense, that is what has led to starting discussions. However, we will not just reopen the airports. There are a number of protocols that we have to put in place…No reopening before 12th October and we will take the opportunity between now and the 12th to put the protocols in place,” Phillips insisted.

He noted that while the decided protocols will be shared with the public, one of the key elements of travelling into Guyana is a negative PCR test from the prospective travellers.

“The bottom line is no one will travel into Guyana without first doing a COVID-19 PCR and having tested negative. If you test positive, you cannot come to Guyana.”

Guyana’s borders, including its two international airports – the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) at Timehri, East Bank Demerara, and the Eugene F Correia International Airport at Ogle, East Coast Demerara – were closed since March 18 in an effort to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given the airports’ closure, special permission had to be granted by local authorities over the past months for special repatriation flights. Initially, only departure flights were being allowed, to take foreign nationals who were stranded in Guyana back home.

However, in recent months, relief flights were operated to bring home thousands of Guyanese who were left stranded in various countries overseas amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and thousands of Guyanese, including students, have since returned from New York, Miami, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Canada, St Maarten, Jamaica, Suriname, Grenada and Curacao.

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  • brandli62  On October 12, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Testing at the airport only makes sense, if the results are provided within 4 hours as promised! Non-stop Virgin Atlantic flights from London to Georgetown would also be great for travellers from Europe. The departure times from London would however have to be around noon. Earlier departure times will make it difficult to link the flight with connecting flight from the continent. I am sure Kamtam shares my concerns!

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