Efforts being made by countries to have travellers tested before departing for other destinations have reduced the number of imported COVID-19 cases in Guyana. This was according to the Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony during today’s briefing.

He told the Guyana Standard that “about 35” cases were reported since Guyana reopened its airports for international travel back in October last year – a move that was harshly critised by both Opposition and other factions of society.

While other countries made taking a COVID test mandatory before travel, Guyana recently adopted the requirement, especially for persons travelling to the United States of America.

The move was prompted by a notice published by the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which stated that persons desirous of travelling to the US, must be tested no more than 3 days before travel by air into the country.

The negative result must be shown to the airline before boarding, or the traveller must be prepared to show documentation of recovery (proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from a healthcare provider or a public health official stating that traveller is cleared to travel).


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