Trinidad Gov't to open borders to accommodate stranded nationals in Suriname

April 27, 2020
TRinidad's National Security Minister, Stuart Young (CMC Photo)

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Apr 27, CMC – National Security Minister, Stuart Young, on Monday said that Trinidad and Tobago would allow for at least 60 of its national stranded in Suriname to return home even as it maintained that the borders of the twin island republic would continue to remain closed until May 15 in the first instance.

Speaking at the daily Ministry of Health news conference on the coronavirus (COVID-19), Young said that he had been in communication with lawyers representing 33 of those nationals in the Dutch-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country and had also been approached by a company here requesting assistance repatriating more than 30 of its employees.

Young said that in the next 24 hours he expects to have a better picture as to the number of citizens stranded in Suriname, who will be able to make their way here “at their own expense”.

“When they get to Trinidad and Tobago at their own accord, they will, as you have seen happen with the 33 nationals who returned from Barbados, they will be subject to the Chief Medical Officer  and his professional staff and they will be quarantine.

“There will be no doubt about that,” Young said, noting that unlike the nationals who were stranded in Barbados, those in Suriname are not one particular group.

“They are all now mixed and that presents a different scenario, but the government is allowing them of their own accord to make their way back here (and) when they arrive here they will be quarantined…as part of our management o our country’s borders,” he added.

During the news conference on Monday, health officials said that Trinidad and Tobago would be prepared to handle medically any national deported from the United States or any other country in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trinidad and Tobago has had 115 persons tested positive for the virus  with eight deaths to date.

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