T&T nationals must be fully vaccinated before entering Guyana

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Nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are required to be fully vaccinated before they will be allowed to travel to Guyana, according to a gazetted regulation made under the Civil Aviation Act.

According to the updated regulations made on July 22, 2021, “…passengers, except for children, travelling to Guyana from Trinidad and Tobago who are not nationals of Guyana are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to be allowed entry into Guyana.”

This updated regulation adds to those measures for airports and aircraft that mandate passengers take other precautionary measures in light of the public health pandemic.

Meanwhile, the News Room was reliably informed that this new regulation is meant specifically for nationals of Trinidad and Tobago and not for those who may stop in the Caribbean country due to an in-transit flight.

Therefore, a passenger travelling from the United States (US), who stops in Trinidad and Tobago, does not need to be fully vaccinated.

For context, an individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they have received both doses of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after receiving the vaccines that are given only in one dose, such as the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

On Thursday, President Dr. Irfaan Ali said that the government was considering tougher actions against people who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Already, he has received proposed guidelines from the Private Sector Commission (PSC).

The measures proposed will essentially see unvaccinated persons having to produce weekly negative COVID-19 tests to be allowed into their workplaces and other entities.

The PSC also urged that the government require all medical and security personnel in frontline contact with other persons must either be vaccinated or provide evidence of a COVID-19 negative test and that all places providing hospitality and entertainment services, including restaurants, require evidence of either vaccination or a negative current COVID-19 negative test from its customers in order for them to receive service.

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