PHILIPSBURG:--- Guyanese who have found themselves stranded in St. Maarten following the worldwide outbreak of the novel corona virus COVID-19, which led to the grounding of flights, are being asked to make urgent contact with the Guyana Consulate on the island.
Honorary Consul Mrs. Kim Lucas-Felix has been in contact with officials of the Guyana Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who are advising that the number of persons stranded is needed. Please note that all that is being done at this time is documenting stranded Guyanese. Persons stranded should establish contact with the Consulate to allow for the recording of their details in our database.
To date, fewer than 10 persons have contacted the Consulate indicating that they are stranded. Some persons reported that they were turned back from the Princess Juliana International Airport on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 because Caribbean Airlines has cancelled all flights. This coincided with the closure of the airports in Trinidad and Tobago, through which passengers heading to Guyana must in-transit, and Guyana in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19.
Persons contacting the Consulate must note that this message is only for ticketed passengers needing to return home. In order to process the information, please WhatsApp or email a copy of the traveler’s passport biodata page and a picture of the itinerary. Once the number of persons has been ascertained, all will be notified of the decision of the Government of Guyana.