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Guyana Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Feb 04, 2005

This Travel Warning updates American citizens on risks posed by flood-related conditions in Guyana, and replaces the Travel Warning issued January 19, 2005.

On January 19 the Department of State authorized the departure of non-emergency personnel and family members of the U.S. Embassy because of health and sanitation risks associated with flooding. The Department continues to urge U. S. citizens to defer travel to Guyana at this time. U.S. citizens currently in Guyana should carefully evaluate their personal situation, review their travel documents, and consider departing Guyana while commercial means of doing so are available. Flooding has subsided in most of the City of Georgetown, however some areas along the East Coast remain flooded. The Government of Guyana continues to monitor water levels in the dams for possible breaches or overflowing. If the rains persist, conditions could worsen rapidly and the roads could become inaccessible. The consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown may not be able to assist American citizens in some regions under the present conditions.

Health and sanitation issues are a major concern in all the affected regions. There remains a high risk of water-borne infection, and there have been five confirmed deaths from flood-related illnesses. The water system in Georgetown and affected areas should be considered compromised.

U.S. citizens who travel to or remain in Guyana despite this Travel Warning are strongly advised to register either online at https://travelregistration.state.gov/, or at the U.S. Embassy located at 100 Young and Duke Streets, telephone 011-592-225-4900 through 54909, fax 011-592-225-8497 web site http://georgetown.usembassy.gov/. U.S. citizens should also consult the Consular Information Sheet for Guyana and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement at http://travel.state.gov . For further information, U.S. citizens may also contact the Department of State toll-free at 1-888-407-4747, or, if calling from overseas, 317-472-2328.

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