More ‘explicit’ travel instructions coming- Health Minister

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Additional travel guidelines and requirements for incoming passengers to Guyana can be expected in another few days, according to the Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony.

The Minister said this on Monday during his daily COVID-19 update, days after an amendment to the 2021 Civil Aviation Health and Safety regulations was published in the official gazette.

That amendment, signed by the Minister of Public Works, Juan Edghill, stated that nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are now required to be fully vaccinated before they will be allowed to travel to Guyana.

On Monday, the Health Minister said that the government has been having discussions about changing its entry regulations for passengers travelling to or through Guyana.

These discussions come amid the further reopening of countries’ borders and the resumption of international travel.

Moreover, the Health Minister said that the decisions by the local authorities are being guided by discussions that took place at the level of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

At this level, the minister explained that there are “two principal things” that CARICOM countries are requiring now for travel; these are: a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test and proof of vaccination.

“We are moving to honour that decision that CARICOM has instituted and you will see some changes as we go forward and that would be for all travellers coming to Guyana,” Dr. Anthony said.

He also stated, “I think more explicit travel instructions would be forthcoming in the next few days.”

On Saturday, the News Room was reliably informed that this new regulation for nationals of Trinidad and Tobago is meant specifically for those nationals 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.

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