Jamaica Travel Alerts and Warnings

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in Jamaica – updated 18 November, 2020

Jamaica's air and sea borders are open to all foreign travelers. Prior to check-in and boarding a flight to Jamaica, all passengers require Travel Authorization.

  • Non-residents must apply for travel authorization here
  • Nationals/non-nationals who are resident by virtue of marriage or work permit should apply here.

Read the process for obtaining travel authorization carefully.

Jamaica will launch the “Jamaica Cares” mandatory travel insurance program for all non-resident visitors into the country. This is expected to be launched some time in November. The fee will be included in the authorization procecss once launched, and is expected to cost approximately US $40–$50.

Before you go

All residents of the USA, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Panama over the age of 12 must obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result or negative antigen result, conducted less than 10 days from your intended travel date at an accredited medical laboratory. These travelers must apply for travel authorization up to five days before the date of intended travel to Jamaica, but no less than two days prior.

Risk-based testing and quarantine protocols differ depending on which of the four passenger categories you fall under. Check to be sure which measures apply to you.

What to expect when you arrive in Jamaica

All travelers will undergo a short risk assessment by a public health officer upon arrival at the airport.

If you are a non-resident, non-business traveler arriving from a low risk area, you will be screened and assessed at the airport.

If it is decided you are high risk (showing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have traveled from or through countries where there is high community transmission of COVID-19) you will be subject to a PCR test, and placed in quarantine until you receive the results.

  • If your test comes back negative, you will remain at your accommodation that has been booked within the “resilient corridor” and movement will be restricted under the “stay in zone” measure
  • If your test comes back positive, you will be placed in isolation at a location determined by health authorities
  • If you did not require a test on arrival, you will be allowed to go to your accommodation under the “stay in zone” measure.

Jamaica has established Resilient Corridors. Within these areas, approved businesses have been trained and assessed for COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety of visitors. 

If you are a non-resident, non-business traveler who is not staying within the “resilient corridor”, whether or not you require testing upon or prior to arrival, you must remain in quarantine for 14 days upon entry to Jamaica – even if you test negative to COVID-19.

Restrictions in Jamaica

Until 1 December, an island-wide 9pm to 5am curfew is in place. Follow the advice of local authorities, and stay up to date for the latest information on local restrictions. Face masks are mandatory in public.

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Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.

Previous travel alerts for Jamaica

Crime – ongoing

Jamaica has had an ongoing issue with violent crime, largely perpetrated by gangs which are often armed with weapons. While government travel advisories still indicate that the country is safe to visit, caution must be taken due to the heightened risk in some areas.

State of Emergency - May 2019

The Jamaican government has made several state of emergency announcements throughout 2018, with some being extended into 2019 due to ongoing crime-related issues. This warning does not affect other parts of Jamaica. However, wherever you are on the island, it's advised to be aware of your surroundings and exercise safety precautions.

Western Jamaica

The Jamaican government has declared a state of emergency due to increased outbreaks of violence in the St James parish which includes the touristy area of Montego Bay and surrounds. The parishes of Westmoreland (which includes Negril) and Hanover are also under the declaration.

Military and police are carrying out joint security operations including check points and curfews in a bid to crack down on the violence and restore order. Since its inception, authorities have made significant progress with hundreds of arrests and patrols.

This state of emergency has been extended until 13th August, 2019.

Travelers are strongly urged to keep updated with local news reports, government travel advisories and follow all official warnings. Carry identification with you at all times. Failure to comply with directives from government authorities may result in you not being covered by travel insurance.

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117 Comments

  • Melanie Stump said

    Do you think traveling to Jamaica will be safe in September? We have a vacation booked at a resort.

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    • AmeliaMcGrath said

      Hi Melanie,

      It's really hard to say. Things are changing so fast. If it were me, I'd be preparing myself for any last minute cancellations. Depending on where you're from, your government might ban travel until next year. In Australia it's looking like that'll be the case.
      Perhaps reach out to your accommodation and your airline to get their thoughts, but most of all, follow the advice of your government, and stay up to date with the latest news.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Giovana said

    Hello, I plan to take a trip to Jamaica in September leaving from New York. If Jamaica opens its boarders will they allow New Yorkers to enter

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    • AmeliaMcGrath said

      Hi Giovana,

      September is still a while away, but best to check with your airline and stay up to date as the trip date comes closer.

      Things are changing so fast, and it's really hard to predict what the international travel situation will be like a few months from now! For now, all entry points are closed until 31 May, with only controlled entry for Jamaican nationals.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Teejay said

    Hi I live in jamaica but leave the country ever so often as I have not got my pr yet i was in canada visiting when the Corona virus hit and I'm wondering because my 2 year old daughter is there would they allow me to fly back down to her

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    • Teejay said

      Hi Teejay,

      Reach out to your airline or the Jamaican tourism board to find out if you are going to be eligible to enter, as these are quite distinct circumstances!

      All the best, and stay safe.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • KK said

    What are your thoughts on Travel to Jamaica at the end of June, from the United States?

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    • AmeliaMcGrath said

      Hi KK,

      Personally I'm not planning any overseas travel until next year at the earliest. However as I'm from Australia, and there's a travel ban in place and our borders are totally closed, I have no choice but to wait it out. But, that's just me.

      Stay up to date with the latest from the Jamaican tourism board and government, and wait and see if it's safe to go. Perhaps around mid June you'll have a better idea. If you can book the trip last minute, that might be the safest option.

      Stay safe,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Jesse Magnuson said

    I called The Grand Palladium in Jamaica yesterday. The resort is opening up July 1st 2020. Travel ban in Canada lifting on May 19th maybe. WestJet now taking reservations for Montego Bay as of June 1st. All firms admitted these dates could change but for now this is the latest info right from the sources.

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    • AmeliaMcGrath said

      Hi Jesse,

      Thank you so much for sharing these insights. Fingers crossed things don't change again, but if it does i'm sure it's with everyone's safety at top of mind.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Sabrina said

    Is there any emergency flights going out to Jamaica as I am currently living in the uk and want to go back home my nationality is Jamaica my mom has a strokes two weeks ago and I wanted to go to support her in this difficult time. Any chance of me will be able to soon. Thanks Sabrina.

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  • Tiffany Caesar said

    Just cause the hotels plan to open doesn't mean international travellers will be let into the country as if now Jamaica suspended all incoming flights

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  • AmeliaMcGrath said

    Hi Sabrina,

    I'm so sorry to hear about your mom.

    You will have to reach out to various airlines to see if this is possible. I did just search online and it looks like there are some flights operating, but according to the tourism board of Jamaica there is a flight ban/border closure (to non-Jamaican nationals) until 31 May: https://www.jtbonline.org/wp-content/uploads/JTS-Bulletin-11.pdf

    Please check all requirements before you go so you are prepared for any entry restrictions or extra screening measures.

    All the best,
    Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Felecia said

    I have a previous booked all inclusive vacation booked for July 4-10.
    Will the airport be open and safe to travel

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    • AmeliaMcGrath said

      Hi Felecia,

      It's hard to say this far out whether or not the airport will be open. Stay up to date with the latest information, and contact your airline and accommodation for their latest advice.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Nevaeh said

    My husband is in Jamaica and we are in the process but have not obtained citizenship for our children and I that are Canadian born, are we still allowed or rather when will we be allowed to go home and visit our family when will the boarder open for us we are not a visitor but not a citizen either 😔

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  • Kara smith said

    When would the airlines re-open to enter Jamaica from the United States ?

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  • jadean said

    Am currently living in Pennsylvania, had my wedding schedule in Jamaica for March at a specific resort in Ocho rios, my flight got cancelled and so did the wedding...the resort refunded me the money but they said they will not refund the $250USD use to obtain the marriage license. I don’t think it’s fair as I wasn’t the one who cause any of this to be cancelled. Can anyone tell me who to contact To get more information?? The resort kept saying it’s their policy. Shouldn’t there be a a way for international brides to get a marriage license refund?

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  • April Williams said

    My husband and I were planning our vow renewal with family and friends this June, however when COVID19 hit, we thought that we should cancel because there is so much uncertainty here with this virus, my travel agent said we could not get a refund because the resort is still open and operating, was told to pick another date. We are not sure what’s going to happen. Some family and friends have been hit hard by this. Due to the circumstances do you think we can get a refund, the airline has already given us a refund.

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  • Louise Noble said

    Hi I had. A trip booked from uk to Jamaica end of March. As it was non refundable both flights accomodation we are considering rebooking for half term end (around 20th ) October, really because the flights are already looking expensive and as lockdown eases and things start changing I think it could get crazy nearer the time. Any thoughts?
    Thanks Louise

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  • Mrs PATRICIA WALKER said

    Hi.we are planning on Xmas and my 50th in Jamaica(Montego Bay),will it be safe to still go ahead.We're booked into a Rui hotel with all inclusive facilities.what do u recommend?

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  • sue campbell said

    Hi

    We have a Holiday to Jamaica from England Jan 2021.
    Was due to Fly out June 2020.

    Just want to say to you all Please stay safe.

    Love and respect to one and all.

    God I Miss Jamaica

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  • Alana said

    Hi, I am due to fly out to Jamaica from the U.K. on 1st July . Currently here all flights are cancelled until 30th June. I am due to stay in Montego Bay in the White Sands resort. This is almost 3 weeks away and we haven’t heard from our airline at all, what’s the chances of our holiday going ahead?

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  • Karolyne said

    Hi I usually go to Jamaica every summer to visit family n friends. I would like to travel from the end of July til mid August. Do u think I should make reservations (I only need airfare) now or wait or even consider traveling at all this summer. Thank you

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  • Michelle vernon said

    Hi.i am planning to travel to Jamaica in august do you think it’s ok for me to book my ticket

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  • Audrey Williams said

    Hi a friend of mine came to the Uk from Jamaica with virgin air line, they are not operating until October she wants to return back home, not sure which air line are open and would she have to purchase another flight. Thank you Miss Williams

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  • William Moreland said

    Will i be able to holiday in negril in September from the uk

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  • Amelia Brady said

    Hi William,

    All air and sea ports in Jamaica have opened to foreign travelers from 15 June. There is a requirement for arrivals to get a PCR test for COVID-19, and you may need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

    At the moment, there is still an "avoid non-essential travel abroad" warning in place from the UK government for UK citizens: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

    Monitor the situation closely, and contact your airline to see if the flights are going ahead, or if flight bookings open up.

    Stay safe,
    Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Sophia said

    Hello,
    I am a Jamaican who has permanent residency in USA. I booked a family vacation for mid July to Jamaica. What's is the procedure for entering Jamaica at this time?
    Thank you.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Sophia,

      From 15 June, all air and sea ports in Jamaica have opened. Visitors must get a PCR test for COVID-19, may need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

      Have a safe trip!

      Amelia, World Nomads



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  • Odean said

    Hi, so are all visitors required to Quarantine upon arrival? Or only those who tested positive? Because if you have a 18 days vacation leave and you are Quarantine for 14, then it really doesn't make sense to travel.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Odean,

      All visitors must take the PCR test. My guess is that means anyone who tests positive must quarantine.

      The UK Government travel advisory states, "If you are COVID19 symptomatic or test positive upon arrival in Jamaica, you can expect to be confined at an appropriate location, including a Government facility."
      Source: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/jamaica/staying-during-coronavirus

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads


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  • Derek Darvell said

    Hi I am looking to visit Jamaica around late November and aiming to book my holiday soon. Could you please advise me what the situation currently is with Brits visiting Jamaica and whether the attractions will be open to visiting as I don't want to have to quarinteen on the location.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Derek,

      Please refer to your government's travel advisory to make sure you are not traveling against their advice closer to the date: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/jamaica/entry-requirements

      At this stage, only travelers who test positive upon arrival will need to quarantine. If you show symptoms chances are you will be quarantined – as mentioned above to Odean.

      November is still a while away, so best of luck!

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • jacqueline said

    i will be travelling to jamaica in july for my birthday o i have to fill out a covid 19 form on line before i leave

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Jacqueline,

      You must fill out the form before checking in for your flight to Jamaica, and upon arrival you will be subject to a PCR test.

      Happy birthday, and all the best.

      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • DindDin said

    Hi
    I’m planning on traveling to Jamaica in August for 2 wks with my 7yr old. Do you know how long they will be testing people for the COVID-19? I heard something about them stopping the nose swab test by July 1, due the financial burden it’s causing them.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi DindDin,

      We are only providing updates once they have been verified online from government travel advisories or other sources such as the IATA (https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm). Until it has been announced that testing will stop, it is unclear what Jamaica will choose to do for arrivals and their capacity for testing.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • COURTNEY C CONSTANTINE said

    HI.. I READ ON THE JAMAICAN GOVERNMENT WEBSITE THAT COVID TESTING ONLY APPLIES FROM JUNE 15 TO JUNE 30.. HERE IS THE LINK IN THE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS SECTION OF THEIR SITE-SEE BELOW: DID YOU SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT AS OF TODAY JUNE 30)- I AM SCHEDULED TO FLY ON FRIDAY FOR MY ANNIVERSARY TRIP
    https://www.jtbonline.org/wp-content/uploads/FAQs-for-Re-Opening-Page-Jun-18.pdf

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  • Sonya Latoya Montgomery said

    hey! I'm scheduled to fly to jamaica in August for 5 days. What can I expect during this time? I'll only be there for 5 days and I'm concerned about the self quarantine for 14 days everyone is talking about.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Sonya,

      When you travel to Jamaica in August, requirements may be different to the current rules, as things are changing fast.

      If you test positive, you will be placed into quarantine. There is much more information available here, as Courtney has suggested in the comment above: https://www.jtbonline.org/wp-content/uploads/FAQs-for-Re-Opening-Page-Jun-18.pdf

      Contact your airline a few days out for the latest information relevant to you.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • COURTNEY C CONSTANTINE said

    I was just on the prime minister's Twitter page and dr. Chris tufton, minister of health & wellness of Jamaica and he announced only on Twitter (go figure) that as of July 1st they will still have traveler be subjected to testing for controlled entry and require a health screening and risk assessment to all travelers..you gotta wait at your hotel room for the results and if positive they quarantine you for 14 days..even if you only staying 5 days..if negative..you get to enjoy the resort for the duration of your trip but still can't leave hotel resort area..
    Also, Visitors from areas declared high risk (Texas Florida New York and Arizona) will have upload a negative covid test nomorecthan a week old as of july 1 when registering for travel on the travel authorization site. Hope this helps someone..

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  • happy said

    Hello I planned to visit a resort starting august 5th to 15th. What requirements do I need to consider before entering Jamaica?

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  • PBC said

    I fill out a re/entry form over a month ago, has no reply upon this date July 1,2020

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  • Todd said

    I understand that if you’re traveling to Jamaica that you will experience a 14 day quarantine...
    My question is “do you quarantine in your hotel room and are you still able to go to the ocean?”

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  • PBC said

    Question, can I just buy my ticket to Jamaica, and deal with the pros and con when I arrive. I am in California not getting any news.

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  • Brizette Drysdale said

    Where are you getting your information from where if the person tests negative they can move freely? I'm flying into Jamaica soon & have to sort out my days. Thank you!

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Brizette,

      All information has been sourced from the UK Government alert and the Jamaica tourism board's FAQs/information on their website: https://www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization/

      Please stay up to date with the latest from the tourism board - we are doing our best to keep this page updated among all other travel alerts, but the latest information should be found from the tourism board.

      All the best!
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Michelle said

    I will be traveling inOctober with a group . From Maryland . So as of now . We all should have no problems . No quarantine . ? .

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    • V said

      I’m traveling from California early October, I will be staying with relatives for 1 week do I need a COVID test or will I have to quarantine

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  • Margaret Smith-Elvey said

    I plan to travel to the USA, (New York to be exact ) on August 11, 2020. I plan to return to Jamaica on September 3, 2020.
    What are the requirements for traveling out of and back to Jamaica?
    I reside in Jamaica. Thanks for an early reply.
    Margaret Smithelvey

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Margaret,

      These travel alerts are general in nature. For answers to specific questions regarding personal circumstances please read your government travel advisory: https://www.gov.jm/government-services?TravellingTo/FromJamaica

      This page may help point you in the right direction!

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • David said

    Flying from Kansas, my wife and I are planning to travel to Montego Bay and Negril August 28. We do not want to go if we have to wear a mask on the beach or while checking out the island's shops, resort pools, restaurants, etc. Will things be open? Should we postpone?

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi David,

      You need to follow the advice of authorities, and stay up to date closer to your trip with the tourism protocols in place: https://www.jtbonline.org/home/covid-19-tourism-protocols/

      In this PDF (https://www.jtbonline.org/wp-content/uploads/Jamaica-Tourism-Covid-19-Resilience-Protocols_vFinal.pdf), under the heading "Specific Protocols – Beach" staff must "Indicate to guests that face masks are optional for adults on the beach and discouraged for children"

      Late August is still a while off, and things may change at short notice – this advice from the tourism board may differ in a month's time.

      If you are not willing to adhere to the current rules in place, perhaps postponing is a good idea. But it is up to you to make a safe judgement call!

      Either way, safe travels.
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Clarissa said

    When you are quarantined for the 48 hours after being swabbed, once you arrive in Jamaica awaiting test results because you are considered high risk or from a high risk area, where are you quarantined? Will you be quarantined at your resort/hotel room or at a government appointed area?

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  • Zenith said

    Hello, i am set to travel to MBJ soon, i did the Covid test, however, i haven't received the results as yet, its taking longer to get results since more people are traveling. What will happen if i go without the results ?

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  • Blayre Dickson said

    Hello I had my wedding Booked for ocho Rio January 25th 2020. We are from Manitoba, Canada . What are your thoughts on travel for that time period

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  • Jazmine T. said

    Hey there,

    My fiance and I are planning to come to Montego bay on Saturday. We're coming from Maryland (USA). If we bring our negative COVID test results (taken 7.21.20) do you think we will encounter any issues?

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  • Emma said

    I am look to rebook a holiday to Jamaica (flying from uk) in early October, i wanted to check thar providing we test negative, that we do not need to quarantine, also to see if tourism will be open?

    Any advice you can give would be greatly appriciated.

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  • Leah said

    I’m flying from Louisiana with a layover in Florida next week to Jamaica. Do you think I’ll have to quarantine or do you think I should cancel

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Leah,

      Please check with your airline for the most up-to-date information.

      For now, as it stands/says on the Jamaica TravelAuthorization website: "All non-business travellers 12 years of age and over, from Arizona, Florida, New York and Texas in the USA will be required to upload a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited medical laboratory. The test sample collection date must be within 10 days of the arrival date in order to obtain a Travel Authorization"

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Avril S. Scarlett said

    What makes it a business trip? i have awarded some scholarships and need to travel for business for two days

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Avril,

      If you take a look at the information on the TravelAuthorization page, there is a description for what business travel contains/how it is restricted, but not specifically what it entails here:

      "Business Travellers may leave only to conduct their business meeting(s). They are not allowed to meet with persons aged 65 and over, to take public transportation or to attend any meeting, event or gathering of more than 10 persons."

      See more here: https://www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization/arrival-charts/#Business

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Krystal said

    I am from Oklahoma (Not high risk)
    But we switch planes in Texas do we still need a negative Covid test?
    Or just our authorization forms.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Krystal,

      I just took a look at this page: https://assets.simpleviewinc.com/simpleview/image/upload/v1/clients/jamaica/JTS_Bulletin_16_for_July_2_be193f34-7673-483c-893f-83dd8ee96e10.pdf
      The information currently says "The pre‐
      testing requirement will not apply to visitors who are *not residents of these high risk locations*."

      If your flight is technically coming from Texas, I'd be prepared for any last minute changes. Definitely contact your airline to hear what they have to say.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Luis Torres said

    What are the travel policies in place for visiting Jamaica in October?

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  • P Smith said

    Hi there,

    My husband and I are UK Nationals - we are currently doing 14 days in Barbados (as US has a travel ban for anyone flying directly from EU) with the view to go to USA for medical reasons - the US have just cancelled our flight from Barbados to Miami.

    Is it okay to fly from Barbados - Jamaica then Jamaica to Miami around 15th August? Praying they don't cancel the route ;(

    Thank you in advance for your help!

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi P Smith,

      Sorry to hear about the trip disruptions.

      Contact your airline for the latest information, as the situation is changing so fast.

      All the best!

      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Sharon said

    Hi,

    I’m traveling from Pennsylvania to Jamaica in September and we have a connection flight in Florida. Will I be required to upload a negative test before travel since my connection in Florida will show as if I’m coming from Florida ?

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Sharon,

      Contact your airline to be sure – they will have the most up to date information for you.

      Chances are if your flight is going via Florida, getting a test might be a good precaution to make.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • rosalie said

    Hi,

    I am a green card holder, I was away when covid strike, so I actually came home to Jamaica because i did not have enough funds to sustain me . So i have been here in Ja. since. I now book a flight for 4/09/2020

    Do u think the borders of Jamaica will be closed and I will not be able to travel?

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Rosalie,

      Borders are open, and depending on where you are departing from you may require a COVID-19 test prior to departure.

      Check the VisitJamaica website to see which category of traveler you fall under, and make sure you follow all the requirements of your airline as well: https://www.visitjamaica.com/

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Rachael said

    Do you know if it is still possible to hire a car and use that to visit attractions within the resilient corridor?

    Also, is it possible to go shopping? For example in Montego Bay or Port Antonio?

    Thank you!

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Rachael

      Get in touch with your accommodation provider to see if they can give you more information, however the restrictions are listed online by the Visit Jamaica portal, and depending on where your accommodation is booked, you may not be able to move around freely at all: https://www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization/restrictive-measures/

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Kirsty jones said

    Hi,
    We are due to come to Ochio Rios 30th Sep we live in Scotland but are flying out from Manchester england, it our silver wedding this is why we Have not moved it thus far .
    Our biggest concern is possibility of having to wear a face covering when outdoors, can you advise if this is mandatory?
    Also will travelling from England make advice any different

    Kind regards
    Kirsty Jones

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  • Michelle DeYoung said

    My daughter and husband just back their negative covid test ( we are from Texas) do you think they will get approval by Sunday morning?

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  • Bradford Hearn said

    We arrived from Nashville to Montego Bay, Jamaica August 9 ,2020 with an approved Jamaican Ministry of Health certificate. To our amazement, the medical staff at the arrival terminal had no knowledge of the information posted online. They assessed us and the rest of our flight as "high risk" and put everyone on 14 day quariteen. We are in fact, on house arrest. Fortunately our facilities here at Nature's Bliss Jamaica in Montego Bay are first class. We are required to report our temperature twice a day to a phone number; a number that no one answers. We understand from local friends that all travelers are required to stay in their hotels. The so-called corridor does not exist. The hotel management will not allow visitors to leave on any prepaid excursions. So come to sunny Jamaica and enjoy your beach-side house arrest. Be safe!

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Bradford,

      Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I have just checked the latest information online, and it says that from 20 August all residents of the USA will require a pre-departure COVID-19 test.

      Unfortunate that the resilient corridor is not as resilient as it is outlined to be online. Perhaps the Jamaican authorities are imposing stricter measures are short notice?

      I hope you have a safe trip from inside your accommodation – we'd love to hear more about your experience when your trip is over.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Cris said

    We are from NY which (for the last few months) has one of the LOWEST Covid rates in the US; so why are we still on the High risk list? Don’t they ever update these criteria? We have a wedding in Montego Bay in November and I’d really like to go

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Cris,

      The latest information on the Visit Jamaica website states "From 20 August, all residents of the USA, Brazil, Dominican Republic or Mexico over the age of 12 must obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result, conducted within 10 days of your intended travel date at an accredited medical laboratory."

      Until then, only residents of Arizona, Florida, New York and Texas in the USA require a test 10 days prior.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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    • Vivian said

      I am planning to rent a place on a scheme, not in a hotel in September in Ochi Rios. Can you advise the rules on this. WIll I be able to leave the accommodation.

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  • n said

    hi im just wondering, im travelling to Jamaica in September but for 2 weeks does that mean ill have to be in lockdown for the whole 2 weeks?
    thank you

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  • Angela Ebanks said

    I submitted my application for approval and still waiting. It has passed the 48 hrs waiting time to obtain my approval letter as what I read. Whom can I contact for update?

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    • Shameka said

      I’m experiencing the same travel authoraization nightmare. Flight leaves in the morning and submitted my authorization on Sunday morning... friend got hers at like 11pm hopefully mine comes in time

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  • Shawn said

    hi I'm traveling to jamaica from New York to attend a funeral. I will only be there for 8 days ..will I still have to quarantine?

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  • Tina said

    hi, im travelling to Jamaica from the UK in November for 2 weeks. Do I need to quarantine.

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  • Valerie said

    I am headed to Jamaica to visit family..I only plan on staying a week..am I required to stay in Jamaica for 14 days or can I return to the US after the 5 days I planned on being there?

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  • Lynn A and GS said

    As Angela Ebanks stated above 48 hours and still no travel authorization. Well she is not alone. I am a travel agent with 26 years of experience dealing with Jamaica, and what we have right now is a Nightmare scenario. My wife and daughter are in Fort Lauderdale being denied boarding on a flight to Montego Bay, because the Ministry of Health has not returned the Travel Authorization submitted along with negative Covid-19 RT-PCR Nasal Swab test over 72 hours ago. There is no one in Jamaica able to help, especially on a weekend. The Jamaica Tourist Board claims they can be of no help even though they have partnered with the Health and Wellness Ministry on supplying the Travel Authorization Form, only available through visiting their website, "visitjamaica.com". Better yet Google (Jamaican Health and Wellness) website and read what transpired at their main office in New Kingston on Friday. Basically left early and will not return until Monday August 24, 2020. First week of going through a number of authorizations and closed for a 3 day weekend. I must assume that this is where most if not all authorizations are being worked on.

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  • Matt said

    As Lynn A said we have not received our travel authorization either and it is past the two day mark. We are suppose to leave in the morning and dont know what to do.

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  • Lynn A and GS said

    Update to Above information! Authorization received! 1/2 hour after flight departure. Spirit Airlines could not let them board without the BarCode from the Authorization. I guess they don't realize they are 1 Hour behind in Jamaica compared to Florida. Spent the night in Florida, left on Sunday.

    Jamaica has been since I have been traveling to and selling for 30 and 26 years respectively a crap shoot.
    Good luck to anyone trying to get there without a hassle!

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  • C jean said

    Hi. I’ll be traveling to Jamaica in October. I’m in the US. I’ve read online and saw that it is taking longer than 48 hours for the travel authorization to be approved. I do not want any confusion or mishaps come October. Will this be sorted out come that time or will I have to cancel my flight at the very last minute?

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  • Amelia Brady said

    Hi everyone,

    There are a large volume of comments coming through asking about what the future holds. These travel alerts are based off official information that has been announced by government travel advisories, or the information available on the VisitJamaica portal (where authorization is obtained).

    On the Jamaica Travel Authorization website, it states "This page provides information and utilities to non-residents for the purpose of travel to Jamaica over the period August 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020"

    Unfortunately we are unable to provide speculation on what will happen after September 30. If your trip is scheduled for after that date, please contact your airline or accommodation provider to see if they are able to provide any further detail.

    We are updating these travel alerts as frequently as possible – but information is changing fast, and even if we provide an update on the 24 August, things may change overnight.

    It seems the authorization process is now taking longer than usual, and this is a concern for many travelers. Read the process carefully outlined here: https://www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization/tas/

    Regards,
    Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Venessa said

    I will be travelling from Jamaica to Florida with a connecting flight through Fort Lauderdale in a couple days time. Will i need to provide a proof of covid 19 negative test result at the airport or will i be scanned at the airport in Fort Lauderdale?

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Vanessa,

      This travel alert is specific to information for travelers *to* Jamaica. For information on what to expect upon arrival to the USA, please contact your airline, or see our United States travel alert: https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/north-america/united-states/united-states-travel-alerts-must-read-now

      All the best!
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Laura said

    My husband and I will be traveling to Jamaica on September 5. Today we will go get our Covid test. I will report back with our test/authorization/travel experience. We live in Florida. Today is August 26th. Fingers crossed we are going on vacation my friends!!

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  • Nicole Bond said

    I applied for travel authorization yesterday (8/31) my husband (US passport holder - NYC) got approved immediately! I am a green card holder on a UK passport in NYC and mine is still pending... wondering if there are additional checks for UK passports vs US? We fly 9/5 so hoping it comes back before then!

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  • Dana Maccord said

    My husband and I were Supposed to leave for Jamaica today. We both had negative tests and I had been approved for travel and he was rejected. We resubmitted his forms and we were both rejected.

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  • Valerie said

    I planned a trip to visit family on September 3rd. I submitted my documents within the 72 hours suggested. On yesterday, Sept 2nd I still hadn’t received my authorization form. I called and spoke with the really nice people at Visit Jamaica. I was instructed to email [email protected] with the subject line Expedite Request. I was told to include my name, passport number and confirmation number in the body of the email. I received my authorization form at 12:43am this morning. My departure is at 6:15am this morning. I also found out that you can chat with the Ministry of Health and Wellness via the What’s App. Hope this information is helpful to those still waiting for authorization forms. Good luck and safe travels!

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  • Joanne said

    I am planning a trip to Jamaica October 13th what should I do Please share information or should I stay home ? I have a place to stay I planned to stay at the house when I am there just need some me time away and quiet.

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  • James Priester said

    I have a house outside of Black River, on Parrotte Beach. I am a non-resident, going down for 30 days until December 8th and returning, in January, for 90 days. Any ideas on restrictions? I can get a test within 10 days, as your article is reporting. I am from the US (which isn't good realizing we are #1 in infections).

    Thanks for any guidance.

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  • Beth Macdonald said

    My sister and I are booked to return to Jamaica for another vacation, we go every year. We are travelling from the UK on 19 November with Tui. Do you think this will still go ahead?

    My daughter and her kids were meang to go 26 October with Virgin but she was told on Ffiday that its been cancelled.

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts/advice.

    Beth

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  • Ann said

    Hi. I am planning to go to Jamaica the first week of November for only two days. Please inform me if i need to take a covid19 test and of its possible to only stay 2days while there is a quarantine restrictions.

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  • Gigi said

    My husband and I are going to Jamaica to celebrate his birthday and are staying at one of the all inclusive hotel. Are all excursions are still happening? I would like to book activities. Thank you

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  • Christine C Yaun said

    What are the current travel restrictions coming HOME from Jamaica to the US?? I understand the current testing protocols for visiting there. What are the rules from returning back to the US. Thanks!

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Christine,

      This page is specifically for travelers to Jamaica, and provides information for people who are traveling there from all over the world.

      For information relevant to your return trip home, please refer to the US Department of State website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html

      Depending on which airport/state you are arriving in, guidelines may be different.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • steve mutter said

    My wife and i are due to travel to Jamaica in Jan 2021 is is still safe to do so

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  • Yvonne Djimet-Seid said

    i am considering on coming in December i wanted to know if things will open outside of resorts. are there any good deals at resorts\

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  • NPerez said

    Hi,

    I will be traveling from Kuwait (in the Middle East) to Jamaica on 1 December and staying for 3 weeks. I have a US passport but will be traveling directly from Kuwait to Jamaica with a layover in ATL. Do I need to get a PCR test done since Kuwait is not on the list of High Risks locations?

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  • Linda uk said

    We are due to travel to Jamaica late December from Manchester what are the rules ? Will we have to do tests for covid ? Will we have to isolate on arrival ? Or will things be relaxed ? What and where will we be allowed to go ? Will there be restrictions ? Thank you

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  • Ashanti said

    Hello,
    I was planning to go to Jamaica in early November but was intending to only stay for 11 days if I test negative will I need to stay quarantined for the whole trip?

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  • Brian said

    Jamaica will launch the “Jamaica Cares” mandatory travel insurance program for all non-resident visitors into the country. This is expected to be launched some time in November. The fee will be included in the authorization procecss once launched, and is expected to cost approximately US $40–$50.

    This is just a money maker..has nothing to do with safety. Travelers already have to purchase a test for Covid...now this...what a joke...plan on going somewhere else!

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  • Autumn Suber said

    I will b in Ja for a week on a resort. After my week stay instead of flying back home I want to stay in a residential home for another week. Will I b aloud to stay and just quartine at the residential home for the week or will I have to add another week which would make my residential stay 2 weeks because of Ja covid restrictions?

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  • Azizur Rahman Ripon said

    Hi Sir, How are you? I am Azizur Rahman Ripon. Sir, I wanted to do this in Jamaica at the moment. Is your border open or not?

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  • Kathleen Carvalho said

    Hi, I live in the US Virgin Islands (actually on a small island that has 0 cases of Covid 19. However, I will be travelling through Ft. Lauderdale and staying there a few days. I am travelling to Jamaica on December 6th, 2020. I now hold a US passport although my family is Jamaican and I grew up there. The purpose of my visit is to help my 97 year old aunt move into a nursing home in Mandeville. So, how quickly would I get results from the PCR test? Should I plan to stay with a friend in Mo Bay until I get my results or would I be able to go to Mandeville?

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  • Patricia said

    I will be traveling to Jamaica on 12/3- 12/7 from NY/NJ. Are there any restrictions in place

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  • A Janvary said

    Planning on going to Jamaica for 4 weeks in mid Jan. 2 weeks on a resort and 2 weeks at a friends house near Falmouth. Could our 2 weeks on the resort count as quarantine, or do we need to quarantine once we leave the resort? Any ideas out there?

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  • Sharry said

    I understand there is an app put on your phone in Jamaica to track your movements. Does anyone know what the app is ? or is it the Google Maps? I also saw a post whereby the ask if you have a Covid approved transportation to your place of quarantine, what's that all about? We are traveling at the end of November so would appreciate if anyone can provide an answer, Thanks

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