More Guyanese can return from the U.S., but borders with Brazil, Suriname remain closed

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The National COVID-19 Task Force (NCTF) on Tuesday announced two repatriation flights for Guyanese nationals stranded in the United States but said the borders with Suriname and Brazil would remain closed and no one from those countries will be allowed in.

A flight from Miami to Guyana is scheduled for July 1 with Eastern Airlines leaving at 08:30h.

A flight from New York is also scheduled with Eastern Airlines for July 2, departing also at 08:30h.

The Task Force said additional flights are being planned in consultation with various airlines and the details will be provided as these are confirmed.

The additional flights will cater to Guyanese stranded in North America and the Caribbean.

All citizens will be responsible for their own airfare and other expenses and must complete PCR COVID-19 testing and test negative for consideration in addition to filling out and submitting the Repatriation Form.

Upon return to Guyana, all citizens must self-quarantine for a period of seven days. Officials from the Ministry of Public Health will monitor all persons on self-quarantine.

The NCTF said it has prioritized the repatriation of Guyanese nationals stranded in the various countries in the Western Hemisphere.

But it said Guyana’s borders with Brazil and Suriname, however, remain closed and no entry will be permitted to persons in these two countries until further notice.

Guyanese stranded overseas are again urged, if they have not yet done so, to contact their nearest diplomatic mission or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs directly.

Contact details are listed on the ministry’s website along with the Repatriation Form: www.minfor.gov.gy

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