Ferry service between Guyana and Suriname has been suspended indefinitely, the decision was made as to give Surinamese Border officials time to prepare to process Surinamese nationals and residents as they re-enter the country.
Below is the statement from the Ministry of Public Infrastructure:
“The Management of the Guyana/Suriname Ferry Service wishes to notify the general public that MB Sandaka will not be sailing to Suriname today, Wednesday, March 18, 2020 as was mentioned in an earlier public notice today.
At this juncture, Guyana is willing to facilitate this journey but Suriname Officials have indicated that they will not be reopening their South Drain Port until all necessary quarantine facilities are put in place to receive Nationals of Suriname and individuals with Surinamese resident stamp. It is with deep sadness that we wish to reiterate that the Guyana/Suriname Ferry Suriname will remain closed until further notice. The Management of the Guyana/Suriname Ferry Service will inform the general public as soon as the date and time are confirmed to depart Guyana.
The Management of Guyana/Suriname Ferry Service sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience caused at this time.”
The suspension of the Guyana-Suriname ferry is the latest in a series of measures, the Dutch-speaking nation has undertaken following the discovery of its first case of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). Last Friday, the Surinamese government closed the nation’s borders and its international airport for a full week as a preventative measure. Additionally, travellers returning from high-risk areas are being screened for the virus.