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COVID-19 Test Requirements

ALL travellers to Jamaica, 12 years of age and over, regardless of nationality, will be required to present a negative COVID-19 Antigen or molecular (PCR, NAAT, RNA) test result to check in for a flight to Jamaica. The test must be authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) or meet the standards of the World Health Organization (WHO), and must be performed by an accredited/certified laboratory in that country. Labs may be from the College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) registered or ISO 15189 certified. The date of the sample collection must be within 3 days of the date of travel. The negative test result must be presented to the airline representative in order to complete the check-in for a flight.

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Accepted Test Types
  • An Antigen test
  • A Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (RT-PCR)
  • A Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAA)
  • An RNA or molecular test


  • Only results from oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal samples will be accepted for PCR tests
  • Only results from nasopharyngeal samples will be accepted for Antigen tests
  • Antibody tests will NOT be accepted
  • Results from home-based test kits will NOT be accepted

Test Validity Period
  • The date of the sample collection must be within 3 days of the travel date.
  • If in doubt, use the Test Date Calculator here. 

Laboratory Requirements

The test must be conducted by a medical laboratory with either of the following credentials:

  • Accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP)
  • Registered by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)
  • ISO 15189 certification

Test Result Sheet Requirements

Ideally, the test result sheet should display the following information:

  • Name of individual tested (must be same on application and lab test result)
  • Date of birth of individual tested (must be same on application and lab test result)
  • Name of testing laboratory
  • Indication of laboratory credentials (CLIA, ISO 15189)
  • Date of sample collection
  • Type of test
  • Type of sample
  • Test result