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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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