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Jamaica just announced updated travel requirements which apply to incoming travelers as of July 15, 2020 and which will remain in effect through July 31 with ongoing reassessment granted the ongoing fluidity of the global pandemic.

“Health and safety are paramount as we reopen our tourist industry on a phased basis,” said Jamaica’s Director of Tourism, Donovan White. “Risk assessment is an important part of preventing further spread of COVID-19 and ensuring that our visitors and residents stay safe. We have developed and are implementing procedures throughout the visitor journey that ensure a seamless process so they are able to enjoy what our island and its people have to offer.”

Travelers to Jamaica are required to complete an online Travel Authorization application. Once approved, travelers will be issued a travel certificate which must be presented to the airline at check-in in order to bord their flight. The form is also required upon arrival in Jamaica, either in print or electronically.

Travelers arriving from high-risk areas as determined by Jamaica’s Ministry of Health and Wellness must complete the questionnaire between 2-5 days prior to their intended arrival in Jamaica. You can expect an approval/ denial within 48 hours following the submission. Travelers from low and medium risk countries can submit the form within 5 days prior to arrival and receive immediate approval/ denial through an automated scoring algorithm.

Travelers from high-risk areas must also undergo a COVID-19 PCR test prior to travel. A negative test result must be uploaded along with their application. These must be no more than 10 days old from the date the sample was collected to the date of arrival in Jamaica and must come from a College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited lab.

Within the United States, high-risk areas include Arizona, Florida, New York and Texas. These of course, are subject to change.

Upon arrival in Jamaica, travelers will undergo a screening of non-invasive temperature checks, observation for symptoms and a brief interview with Health Officers. Leisure travelers originating from areas that aren’t currently considered high-risk may be subject to swab-testing at the airport, based upon any presenting symptoms or their responses to risk-assessment queries.

Travelers to Jamaica for short-term business purposes are exempted from this requirement, but they must submit to a rapid-result swab test upon arrival at the airport and must remain quarantined until their results become available.

Travelers must adhere to the ‘Stay in Zone” order

Those who pass health checks and test negative on swabs may proceed to enter the country, but must adhere to the ‘Stay in Zone’ order, which mandates travelers remain at their hotel or resort—only those that are state-approved to operate and located within Jamaica’s ‘Resilient Corridor’—for the duration of their stays in Jamaica. Those whose symptoms or screenings make them suspect for infection will be swab-tested at the airport and must quarantine in their hotel rooms until their results become available.

Visitors who are considered to be high-risk and will be staying somewhere outside of the Resilient Corridor will need to take a COVID-19 PCR test once they arrive in Jamaica and must then quarantine at their personal accommodations until results arrive. Anyone who tests positive must undergo intensive isolation at home or in state-approved facilities (at their own expense), as determined by health authorities. Those who are deemed low-risk staying outside the Resilient Corridor won’t have to test, but will need to self-quarantine for fourteen days.

Several airlines have already operating flights including Delta, United and SouthWest. Compare airlines, dates and prices to the Caribbean all in one place with Skyscanner!

For additional information, be sure to visit the Jamaica Tourist Board website.

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