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…after social media video shows long lines outside office during COVID
The Guyana Police Force (GPF) has announced that, commencing Monday, April 12, 2020, the Central Immigration and Passport Office at Camp Street, Georgetown, will only be providing services to a limit of 100 persons daily.
In a press release on Tuesday, the Force said that this change is due to the COVID-19 pandemic which requires that all agencies and businesses operate within the established COVID-19 guidelines.
The decision comes on the heels of a video shared on social media showing long lines that extended on to the roadway at the Central Immigration and Passport Office at Camp Street, Georgetown. Persons were clustered together and some were not wearing masks.
The 100 persons per day limit is being instituted on working days between Monday and Friday and will remain in effect until further notices. It was explained that 50 persons will be processed commencing at 07:00hrs and another 50 at 11:30hrs. A number system will be in effect for order.
“Members of the public are reminded that the Immigration and Passport services have been decentralised for greater efficiency and quality service and are urged to utilise the specific office where practicable,” the GPF reminded.
There are Immigration and Passport Offices at Camp Street, Georgetown; New Amsterdam, Berbice; and Linden. There, persons can make applications and uplift Passports. At Springlands, Berbice; Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast; Parika, East Bank Essequibo; Lethem and Bartica persons can only uplift passports.