The Cheddi Jagan International (CJIA) and the Eugene F. Correia International Airports on Monday reopened to scheduled international passenger flights under strict COVID-19 guidelines.
Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Lt. Col. (Ret’d) Egbert Field noted that the airports will facilitate international air travel while maintaining strict Public Health requirements in light of the continuance of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Passengers destined for Guyana must complete a COVID-19 molecular PCR test prior to travel. If 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.
The airports were closed to international flights on March 18, 2020 following Guyana’s first case of the coronavirus disease. During that time, facilities at the two Airports were modified to facilitate all health protocols including the installation of sanitization stations at the entrances of the Airports’ terminal buildings and social distancing markers on floors and seats in the arrival and departure terminals.
Additionally, the GCAA developed the standard operating procedures (SOP) and Gazetted the COVID-19 Emergency Regulations to support the implementation of the SOP including the installation of signage and appropriate seating, cleaning of the Airport’s public areas, aircraft operators, immigration personnel, transporting of humans remains, flight crew procedures, processing of arriving passengers, border control and sensitization.
The GCAA, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, CJIA and the EFCIA officials also conducted several inspections to assess the Airports’ readiness for the reopening. Incoming International flights will be scheduled to avoid overcrowding at the airports.
After a seven month hiatus, the first scheduled international flight touched down at CJIA from Miami on Tuesday with 44 passengers.