After being closed for more than a year to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the Upper-Takatu region, the Guyana Government has revised the National Emergency Covid-19 measures to allow for the Guyana/Brazil border crossing to be opened from Mondays to Fridays.
The measure has already taken effect and replaces the old arrangement where persons were allowed to travel between the two countries using the crossing only on Fridays.
In October, the borders were reopened to facilitate trade on Thursdays and Fridays.
During today’s COVID-19 update, Health Minister, Dr. Frank Anthony, said the revised measures are put in place to allow for the general movement of people and not only for business purposes.
“This opening from Monday to Friday would allow for people to come across once they are able to produce their vaccination to show that they are fully vaccinated and that they have an antigen test or a PCR test that is negative,” the Health Minister said.
The Minister said the policy for persons entering Guyana at any one of the ports of entry remains this same—that person must present proof of vaccination or a negative PCR or antigen test.
The Government took a decision to close the border with Brazil, as the country was named as having one of the highest covid-19 infection rates in the world with several variants also circulating there.
The closure of the border sparked protest Brazilians in September who called for the measures to be lifted. The demonstrations resulted in discussions between Guyanese and Brazilian authorities on how both countries can enable the safe movement of people and goods during the pandemic.