The U.S. Department of State has slapped Guyana with a “Level 4: Do Not Travel” advisory, urging Americans not to travel to the country due to COVID-19.
The advisory warns that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on August 6, 2020 issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Guyana due to COVID-19. It added that travelers to Guyana may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions within Guyana due to COVID-19.
The CDC has three levels as follows:
- Warning Level 3 (Red): Avoid all non-essential travel to this destination. The outbreak is of high risk to travelers and no precautions are available to protect against the identified increased risk.
- Alert Level 2 (Yellow): Practice enhanced precautions for this destination. The Travel Health Notice describes additional precautions added, or defines a specific at-risk population.
- Watch Level 1 (Green): Practice usual precautions for this destination, as described in the Travel Health Notice and/or on the destination page. This includes being up-to-date on all recommended vaccines and practicing appropriate mosquito avoidance.
The list of countries added to the CDC’s warning level on August 6, includes Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent, Suriname, Trinidad, Turks and Caicos Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands
Although Barbados and other Eastern Caribbean countries are categorized as level 3 by the CDC, Americans are being asked by the U.S. Department of State to “reconsider travel” to these countries.
The warning comes as the US itself remains the only rich industrialised nation where the virus has been severe and rampant for the last four months, with record infection rates and deaths.
To date, the US has recorded more five million cases of COVID-19 and 167,000 deaths while Guyana has recorded 22 deaths from 631 confirmed cases. With four per cent of the global population, the U.S. accounts for 22 per cent of deaths from the viral illness.
Guyana’s borders have been closed since March 18, 2020, and the reopening date has been repeatedly pushed back. Eastern Airlines have performed several repatriation flights between the two countries and several more are planned through the end of August.