The first repatriation flight of Guyanese nationals stranded abroad is expected to arrive in Guyana on Saturday night from the United States.
However, several of the persons who were listed to be on that first flight will be unable to make it because they were unable to have a coronavirus test completed and submitted to authorities before the flight.
Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson said once the persons get the tests done and submit the negative results to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, they will be accommodated on future flights.
He explained that no more than two flights will be accommodated per week and the Guyanese nationals should ensure they follow all of the requirements for the flights.
The flights are chartered flights and persons seeking to return home will have to stand their own costs. Once they test negative for the coronavirus, they will be allowed to come home.
Upon their arrival, additional screenings will be done and once cleared, they will be allowed to go home but will be required to home quarantine for at least 7 days.
There are over 500 Guyanese nationals who have indicated an interest to return home after being stranded out of Guyana because of the coronavirus. The Guyana Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the various Guyana Missions abroad have been putting the arrangements in place for the repatriation of the citizens.
Persons can visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more details and to complete the application form for their repatriation.