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Guyana: Screening procedures at Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Georgetown for departing passengers, including whether immigration officers verify if a passenger is wanted by the police; whether the immigration officer issues a stamp to the departing passenger to indicate a police screening has been completed before exit (2015)

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Publication Date 12 June 2015
Citation / Document Symbol GUY105206.E
Related Document(s) Guyana : information sur la procédure de contrôle en place à l'aéroport international Cheddi Jagan de Georgetown pour les passagers au départ, y compris si les agents d'immigration vérifient si un passager est recherché par la police; information indiquant si les agents d'immigration apposent un timbre dans le passeport d'un passager au départ afin d'indiquer qu'une vérification a été effectuée auprès des services de police avant que le passager ne quitte le pays (2015)
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Guyana: Screening procedures at Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Georgetown for departing passengers, including whether immigration officers verify if a passenger is wanted by the police; whether the immigration officer issues a stamp to the departing passenger to indicate a police screening has been completed before exit (2015), 12 June 2015, GUY105206.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/56136abb4.html [accessed 17 December 2017]
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In correspondence with the Research Directorate, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation (CJIAC) provided information about passenger processing at the airport (CJIAC 28 May 2015; ibid. 25 May 2015). The CEO explained that the Immigration Department at the airport has, as part of its passenger checks, a Border Control System which is linked to the Guyana Police Force and Interpol (ibid.). The source explained that, "[o]nce the machine readable passport is scanned into the system, it will alert the Immigration Officer whether or not the passenger attempting to travel is wanted or has a restriction" (ibid.). The CEO also explained that when the passport is scanned and there is no alarm, "an immigration departure stamp is issued to approve the passenger to depart" (ibid.). He explained that "the departure stamp used at Cheddi Jagan International Airport has the acronym 'CJIA' on the inked surface and this stamp is affixed to the passport page itself" (ibid. 28 May 2015). He also noted that, due to "certain protocol marks" on the stamp, the airport can identify who issued the departure stamp (ibid.).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

References

Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation (CJIAC). 28 May 2015. Correspondence from the Chief Executive Officer to the Research Directorate.

_____. 25 May 2015. Correspondence from the Chief Executive Officer to the Research Directorate.

Additional Sources Consulted

Oral sources: The following were unable to provide information within the time constraints of this Response: Guyana - Civil Aviation Authority.

Attempts to contact the following were unsuccessful within the time constraints of this Response: Canada - High Commission of Canada to Guyana and Suriname.

Internet sites, including: AZworldsairports.com; Capitol News; Guyana - Civil Aviation Authority, Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Transport; Police Force; Guyana Chronicle; Guyana Times; Kaieteur News; Newsourcegy.com; Ogle International Airport; Stabroek News; World Aero Data.

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