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Jamaica has opened all air and sea ports to foreign travelers from 15 June. Prior to check-in and boarding a flight to Jamaica, all passengers require Travel Authorization.
Applications will be accepted up to five days before the date of intended travel to Jamaica, but no less than two days prior.
From 20 August, all residents of the USA, Brazil, Dominican Republic and Mexico over the age of 12 must obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result, conducted less than 10 days from your intended travel date at an accredited medical laboratory: College of American Pathologists (CAP) accreditation, a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) registration, or ISO 15189 certification.
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.
Upon arrival at the airport, all travelers will undergo a short risk assessment by a public health officer.
If you are a non-resident, non-business traveler from a low risk area, you will not be required to upload pre‐test results, but you will be screened and assessed at the airport.
If it is decided that 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 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.
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.
The Resilient Corridors include the North Coast Corridor which covers the coastline from Negril to Port Antonio, and the South Coast Corridor which runs from Milk River to Negril.
Until 30 September, an 9pm to 5am curfew is in place, however curfews may differ across the islands. Follow the advice of local authorities, and stay up to date for the latest information on local restrictions. Gatherings of more than 20 people are banned, and 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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