TRAVEL: US CDC lists Guyana as ‘high risk’ for COVID-19 transmission

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Guyana has been listed among the countries with Level Four COVID-19 transmission by the United States’ Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In layman’s terms, this means that Guyana is a very high-risk country for transmission.

Given its high-risk status, the CDC has advised persons against travelling to Guyana, stating that
“Travellers should avoid all travel to Guyana.”   

Guyana was listed as a Level Four: High-Risk country on the CDC’s travel advisory dated February 2, 2021.
Among the other levels noted by the CDC are: High Transmission – Level Three; Moderate Transmission – Level Two; Low Transmission – Level 1 and Level Unknown.

According to the Centre, travel increases a person’s chances of getting and spreading COVID-19 thus the ‘no travel’ recommendation to this South American territory.

It has noted, however, that if it is mandatory to travel to Guyana, persons should obtain a viral test one to three days before their scheduled trip. For those who must travel, the CDC urges that they, “Do NOT travel if you were exposed to COVID-19, you are sick, or you test positive for COVID-19. Learn when it is safe for you to travel. Don’t travel with someone who is sick,” the CDC warned.

The CDC has also advised that all travellers follow all entry requirements for the destination and provide any required or requested health information to the authorities. It went on to reiterate the importance of adherence to airplane protocols such as “wearing a mask, avoiding crowds and staying at least six feet from people who are not travelling with you, often use of hand sanitizers, practising hand washing and keep a steady watch for symptoms.”

The CDC also noted that before travelling back to the US, persons coming from Guyana should get a viral test no more than three days before the flight departs, bearing a negative result. Persons are also required to keep a copy of their test results during travel in case it is asked for. “After you travel, get tested three – five days after travel AND stay home to self-quarantine for seven days after travel. If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home to self-quarantine for 10 days,” the CDC further stated.

Notably, Guyana would have adopted strict measures for incoming passengers. Persons coming into the country are required to take a second Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test in Guyana, if their first test has exceeded 72 hours.

Incoming passengers are usually required to take a PCR test in their country of origin (the country they are currently in) at least seven days leading up to their flight.

When boarding a flight, these persons are required to show their PCR test results and if it would have exceeded a week, they will not be allowed to board that flight.

Additionally, persons who would have produced their PCR test results that do not exceed 72 hours will not be required to take another test when they arrive in Guyana.

Guyana up to yesterday had recorded more than 8,000 cases with 187 fatalities.

Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony, had earlier made it clear that a surge in cases was likely following mass social engagements and persons not adhering to the mandated COVID-19 regulations.

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  • Andre K Fernandes  On 02/16/2021 at 9:47 am

    Funny thing. The US has 6 times the death rate compared to Guyana on a per capita basis yet is classed as “high risk” What category are they in then?

  • Yvonne-K  On 02/16/2021 at 10:22 am

    That sugar industry employment plan need to be shelved and the monies put into the building of a better public hospital and clinics constructed in key villages across the country. They were probably looking to use the aid money they’re being given to pay those salaries. That’s not what it’s supposed to be used for.

  • wally n  On 02/16/2021 at 5:26 pm

    Hi Doc
    Switzerland called…..they want their vaccine back! Ha…

    Switzerland bans AstraZeneca vaccine for ALL citizens as Europe declares war on UK jab

  • guyaneseonline  On 02/18/2021 at 11:15 am

    No US travel restriction for Guyana

    By Felecia Valenzuela Felecia Valenzuela – February 17, 2021 – BPI

    Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Frank Anthony says flights from Guyana have not been restricted from entering the United States of America, although an advisory in that country has cautioned its citizens against travelling here.

    The Minister made this statement during Wednesday’s COVID-19 update, in response to the Travel Health Notice sent out by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which issues alerts about health threats.

    “Well, the CDC has a scale that they’re using to classify countries, and if you go to the classification, you will see that most countries are actually on that highest level,” Minister Anthony said.

    The Minister explained that the list has four levels showing the infection rate of countries from least to highest. These incidence rate reports are based on cases over the past 28 days per 100,000 population.

    “In level one, you have less than five cases. Level two, between six to 50 cases. Level three, between 50 to 100 cases and level four, more than 100 cases over that 28 days per 100,000 population.

    The reason why we have been classified along with other countries including Barbados and many other countries in the Caribbean, is because over the last one year, we would have seen more than 100 cases per 100,000 population. And if you are within those numbers then you’ll be classified as being in the highest tier.”

    The CDC uses COVID-19 data reported by the World Health Organization and other official sources for its Travel Health Notices.

    Guyana, like many other countries, also have strict measures in place at its Ports of Entries. The RT-PCR test is the number one requirement for entry into Guyana. Also, gazetted measures are in place for when persons are in public, to minimise the spread of Covid. These include mandatory masking, social distancing and frequent hand washing or sanitising.

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