Guyanese, stranded in Suriname for nearly a year following the closure of Guyana’s borders in March 2020, have returned home today after ferry service resumed between Moleson Creek and South Drain, Suriname. MB Sadanka, operated in the absence of MV Canawaima currently undergoing maintenance work in Paramaribo, departed Guyana today at 09:00.
The ship returned to our neighboring country around noon and brought eight passengers back to Guyana. Guyanese Minister of Public Works, Juan Edghill, did a thorough walkthrough to ensure that all protocols, including health and safety measures, were in place for the resumption of the ferry service. According to Minister Edghill, the team wanted to make sure that “we have all the systems in place to ensure that those arriving on our coast do not pose any risk to health.”
He explained that had she not resumed ferry service, the government should have facilitated a repatriation trip, as a “significant number of Guyanese” in Suriname have submitted requests to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to return home. Currently only Guyanese and Surinamese are allowed to travel. In order to travel, passengers must undergo a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (PCR), which must be taken within 72 hours of travel. Passengers are also asked to have all of their travel documents required to travel to Suriname prior to COOV9D-19. The ferry service operates every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday until further notice.
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