The Ministry of Health has announced new testing guidelines for persons wishing to travel to Guyana.  These new guidelines will come into effect on October 12, 2020 and are part of continued effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and to protect the lives of citizens and visitors.

The new guidelines are as follows:

  • Effective Monday, October 12, 2020 the Ministry of Health will only accept molecular biological PCR tests approved by the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization. All tests must be done at an accredited lab.
  • Persons travelling to Guyana must do a molecular biological PCR Test for COVID-19.
  • If the test was completed within 72 hours of the flight and the result of that test is negative, the passenger will be free to leave the airport after arrival.
  • However, if the PCR test is done within four to seven (4-7) days of travel, the passenger will be required to do another test upon arrival in Guyana, notwithstanding the earlier negative result.
  • Persons travelling to Guyana are required to upload the negative PCR test result when completing the Passenger Locator Form . The form should be completed at least 24 hours before travel.
  • The negative test result will have to be produced or shown to the airline operator during the check-in process
  • The negative test result will also have to be produced or shown to the Port Health Officials on arrival to Guyana.
  • The Test result is valid for 7 days from the date the sample was collected.
  • Rapid Test, Anti-body or Antigen tests are NOT acceptable for travel to Guyana.
  • Results from home-based test kits will NOT be accepted
  • Test results must be Negative or Not Detected