Data Last Updated: June 30, 2021
Jamaica has reopened its borders to travelers visiting as tourists.
All ports of entry in Jamaica are open to nonresident foreign travelers who are visiting for tourism purposes. All arriving passengers will be subject to strict health screenings and assessments.
A pre-travel authorization is required up to seven days before the planned departure. Individuals 12 years and older must present a negative COVID-19 PCR, antigen, or other approved test taken up to 72 hours before travel. In most cases, fully vaccinated arrivals must complete eight days of self-quarantine, while unvaccinated passengers must undergo a 14-day self-quarantine.
Travelers for tourism purposes staying at approved locations in the "Resilient Corridor" may be subject to testing upon arrival. In those cases, they must wait for the test result within their hotel rooms. If they test negative or are not subject to testing upon arrival, they may leave their hotel room and resort, provided they remain in the Resilient Corridor. This area includes the northern coast from Negril, Westmoreland, to Port Antonio, Portland, and the southern coast from Milk River, Clarendon, to Negril.
For more official info: Jamaica Controlled Entry Program
Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and all outdoor areas.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced a new curfew schedule until 0500 Nov. 1, as part of the nation's ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response plan. Persons aged 65 and over are urged to self-isolate. Individuals must continue to maintain at least 1.8 meters (6 feet) between each other and must wear a facemask in public spaces. The curfew will be enforced on schedule.
Restrictions on public gatherings and public transport will remain in place through Oct. 31. Public gatherings are limited to a maximum of 15 people. Funerals, parties and other events remain banned; however, burials and church services may continue under the 15 person limit. Public transport will be allowed to operate one hour before and after the curfew to facilitate the pick-up and drop-off of passengers. Taxis can carry one person less than that allowed under their license.
Stricter measures are being enforced in the communities of Whitfield Town (Saint Andrew Parish) and Waterford in Portmore (Saint Catherine). The curfew will be enforced 1800-0500 until Oct. 20. During this period, the limit on gatherings is six people.
Airlines & Transport
Jamaica's borders have been opened to nonresident foreign travelers, citizens, and legal citizens since June 15, following the extended closure of all airports and seaports to inbound international passenger traffic on March 21.
Cargo shipments have continued to operate normally. All measures are subject to amendment at short notice.
Public transport will be allowed to operate an hour after the curfew starts and an hour before it ends to facilitate the pick-up and drop-off of passengers.
Status of Opening to Tourists
Information based on tourists place of residence being in that country for the last 14 days
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Last Updated: October 28, 2020
The dazzling country of Jamaica first reopened its borders for tourism to all tourists as of June 15th. And the good thing about Jamaica is that it is not restricting incoming tourists from any particular country.
Who Can Enter Jamaica?
Jamaica is accepting all tourists coming from any origin via air.
Are There Testing and/or Quarantine Requirements Upon Arrival?
- All residents of the United States of America (USA), Brazil, Dominican Republic or Mexico who are 12 years of age or over, are required to obtain and upload a COVID-19 PCR test result for travel authorization approval.
- Tests must be done by a medical laboratory that has College of American Pathologists (CAP) accreditation, a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) registration, or ISO 15189 certification.
- The date of the sample collection must be less than 10 days from the travel date to Jamaica. Example: For a travel date of September 22, the earliest the test sample may be collected is September 13.
- Samples collected using home test kits (ex. Pixel by LabCorp), along with antibody and antigen tests will not be accepted.
- Applications will be accepted up to 5 days, but NO LESS than 2 days before the date of intended travel to Jamaica
For Tourists Staying in Hotel
All tourists with no symptoms and traveling from low-risk areas will not require a mandatory test at the airport. They will then freely can travel to their hotel and enjoy their trip. No quarantine. But they are required to stay on the property.
All tourists with symptoms or traveling from a high-risk area or deemed high-risk should need to take the test at the airport. They will have to await the test results under quarantine at a hotel for up to 48 hours.
For Tourists Staying with Friends/Family
Tourists with no symptoms and traveling from low-risk areas will not require a mandatory test at the airport. They can then travel directly to the house they will be staying at but should commit to a 14-day quarantine period.
Tourists with symptoms or traveling from a high-risk area or deemed high-risk should take the test at the airport, even if they brought a negative-PCR test with them. No matter what the test result says, they will still have to quarantine for 14 days. If the test is positive, it will be at a facility. If the test is negative, they can do it at the house they are staying at.
Other Entry Requirements to Jamaica
As of June 15, 2020, all arriving passengers should have a Travel Authorization prior to check-in for a flight to Jamaica. Here's the link for the travel authorization. All tourists entering Jamaica will need to have approval from the above application to enter Jamaica.
As of August 20, 2020, all residents of the USA, Brazil, Dominican Republic, and Mexico (who are 12 years old or over) should obtain COVID PCR test. This test should be conducted within 10 days of the scheduled travel date at a medical laboratory that is accredited by the relevant national health authorities. In addition to American travelers, the medical laboratory should be accredited by the College of American Pathologists.
Certainly, all travelers should have a travel health insurance that covers COVID-19.
Moreover, at the beginning November, Jamaican authorities will require all foreign visitors to purchase the “Jamaica Cares,” travel insurance plan that will provide visitors with emergency medical and crisis response services in partnership with emergency services firm Global Rescue. This will cost $40 per person and will cover services including “case management, transport logistics, field rescue, evacuation and repatriation for medical emergencies including COVID-19.
Health Protocols and Safety Measures
Firstly, all tourists should wear face masks in public places in Jamaica. Tourists are should also follow the social distancing guidelines.
What's Open in Jamaica?
- Hotels and other accommodations are open.
- Restaurants in Jamaica are only open for delivery. Bars remain closed.
- All non-essential businesses and attractions in Jamaica, except for public beaches, remain closed. Public beaches are open.
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Information for Non-Tourists
All arriving passengers will be subject to strict health screenings and assessments.
Passengers who are COVID-19 symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19 will be subject to a 14-day quarantine at a health facility.
Persons traveling from locations designated as high-risk must submit a negative COVID-19 test taken within seven days of arrival.
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