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Jamaica's air and sea borders are open to most foreign travelers. There is a ban on all flights arriving in Jamaica from the UK until April 30, 2021. Additionally, all non-Jamaicans who have been in the UK within the last 14 days prior to their intended date of arrival will not be permitted to enter Jamaica. Until May 4, 2021, a person who is not a citizen of Jamaica and has been in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay or Peru within 14 days of their intended date of entry will not be approved for travel.
Effective March 4, 2021, all travelers to Jamaica, 12 years of age and over, regardless of nationality, will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test result to check in for a flight to Jamaica.
The date of the sample collection must be within 3 days of the travel date. Tests must be done by a medical laboratory that has a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) registration, an ISO 15189 certification. Get more information here.
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.
Prior to check-in and boarding a flight to Jamaica, all passengers require Travel Authorization.
In late November, Jamaica launched the “Jamaica Cares” mandatory travel insurance program for all non-resident visitors into the country. The fee will be included in the authorization process and is expected to cost approximately US $40–$50. Here's why purchasing coverage in addition to mandatory coverage is a good idea.
All travelers arriving in Jamaica will be screened for symptoms 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.
Jamaican nationals and non-nationals ordinarily resident in Jamaica may also be subject to testing if assessed as high-risk. Whether or not you are required to be tested, those travelers will be required to remain in quarantine at home for 14 days from their date of entry to Jamaica.
All persons visiting Jamaica for business purposes are required to do a COVID-19 RT-PCR test at the airport on arrival. Please note that this is in addition to the pre-test prior to departure. Business visitors will await their test results under a "Quarantine for Business Traveller" measure at their hotel/intended address.
There is an island-wide curfew in place from 8pm to 5am daily. 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 checkpoints and curfews in a bid to crackdown 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 13 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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