Vaccination requirement to enter Guyana takes effect from Aug. 8 – Edghill


The Minister of Public Works, who has oversight for the aviation sector, Bishop Juan Edghill stated that the vaccination requirement for people entering Guyana will take effect from Sunday, August 8, 2021.

An advisory from the Ministry of Health that was seen by the News Room on Sunday stated that travellers coming to Guyana must be vaccinated.

In a short Facebook post on Monday, Minister Edghill stated that these travellers must have taken at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In addition to this vaccination requirement, both the advisory from the Ministry of Health and Minister Edghill stated that travellers must also take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival to be allowed entry.

The Minister on Sunday said that he will soon issue the orders that will bring these guidelines into effect.

Meanwhile, he stated, “The Government of Guyana remains committed to achieving herd immunity here in Guyana and will work assiduously to protect the health and well being of all Guyanese.”

This measure comes as President Dr. Irfaan Ali announced on Monday that Guyana and other Caribbean countries will be implementing new travel requirements to help safely boost intra-regional travel and the regional tourism sector.

Previously, President 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.

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