“Today is a historic day for the UK-Guyana relations. I am pleased to inform you that as of the ninth of November, those with a valid Guyanese passport can visit the UK visa free.”
British High Commissioner Jane Miller made this announcement during a press conference with President Dr. Irfaan Ali.
As of November 9, Guyanese will be able to visit the UK without a visa for up to six months. There are no set plans to revoke this visa lift at any point.
Visa requirements for work, study and settlement routes in the UK remain in place while Border Patrol/Immigration retain the power to refuse anyone entry to the country at any port.
Both parties said this a major step towards strengthening partnerships and boosting opportunities between countries.
President Ali said this agreement is a result of engagements earlier this year with Former Prime Minister of the UK Boris Johnson and King Charles III.
“I know that today’s announcement will open up immense opportunity, not only for infrastructure and economic activities as a result of trade but also now looking at Guyana as an important hub in servicing the region itself. This is what this type of decision allows.”
The Head of State further noted that this decision demonstrates confidence the UK has placed in Guyana, and he is certain the Guyanese population will not betray that confidence.
“When it comes to the people of Guyana, you have to determine what future you want, all of us. If you mess this up, you mess up everything that comes after. And I’m a very frank speaker, we don’t have any intention of anybody messing up anything.”
The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce & Industry also welcomed the move, saying the body is confident now more than ever that Visa-Free travel will foster deepened economic relations and promote private-sector development for both countries.