PARAMARIBO, Suriname – The government of Suriname says that to stem the spread of COVID-19, passengers traveling to the country will now be required to quarantine for seven days on their arrival, in keeping with the enhanced COVID-19 Measures being implemented in that country.
In addition to quarantining for seven days at a Government approved quarantine hotel or guesthouse, all passengers would be required to present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result taken within 72 hours of their departure to Suriname.
On Saturday, Minister of Public Works, Bishop Juan Edghill, said the measures apply to all travelers, even if they have tested negative for COVID-19, recovered from the disease, or have been inoculated against it.
The Public Works Minister also said a section of the measures stipulates that there will be no ferry service on the weekends as the country goes into lockdown.
The ferry service is only operable for citizens of Guyana and Suriname.
“Next week Sunday, the vessel will not be allowed to travel because part of the measures is that the weekends are going into full lockdown mode. A trip that would have been done on Sunday of next week will be made on Monday. So please take note, if you have to go to Suriname, when you arrive, based upon measures just implemented, you will have to be quarantined for seven days,” he said.
Concerning the nationals of Guyana, Edghill said the neighboring country’s government would continue to keep the public updated on any changes by way of the Ministry’s social media platforms.