At a special meeting of the COVID-19 Task Force today, approval was granted for 300 Guyanese nationals who are stranded abroad to be allowed to return home under strict guidelines in keeping with the Coronavirus health emergency measures.
In a statement, the Task Force said the approval was granted within the controlled re-entry policy for the Guyanese who are stranded overseas and who have registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs via Guyanese Embassies, High Commissions and Honourary Consuls.
This approval is for Guyanese nationals in Trinidad and Tobago and in New York, New Jersey, Florida and other states in the United States of America and also in other countries.
The approval is only applicable to Guyanese nationals who are resident in Guyana and who are stranded overseas and were registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as of Thursday, May 21st, 2020.
They must also meet all requirements of the Ministry of Public Health and other relevant ministries and agencies. They will have to have coronavirus tests done at their present locations and have those tests sent to Guyana at least two days prior to their arrival.
Additionally, the travel expenses will have to be covered by the applicants or their employers and entry will only be allowed by air.
The NCTF said no person who tests positive for COVID-19 will be permitted entry into Guyana.
Persons who qualify to return to Guyana under this approval are asked to make urgent contact with their nearest Guyanese diplomatic mission and complete the necessary paperwork and submit the relevant documents and information.
The COVID-19 Task Force said it reaffirms that Guyana’s airspace remains closed and that the flight applications for each arriving flight must be submitted, by the airline or operator, to the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority for approval.
The body said it empathizes with Guyanese who have been stranded overseas for several weeks and some of whom have been sheltering in challenging circumstances.
Other applications are also being examined and will be looked at in the shortest possible time.