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AN IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL TRAVELLERS

  • Effective March 4, 2021, all travellers 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.
  • For travel on or before March 10, 2021, travellers may present a test result for which the sample collection date is within 10 days of the travel date.
  • For travel after March 10, 2021, the date of the sample collection must be within 3 days of the travel date. Example: For a travel date of March 15, the earliest the test sample may be collected is March 12. Use the Test Date Calculator.
  • Tests must be done by a medical laboratory that has a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) registration, an ISO 15189 certification.
  • See the full COVID-19 test requirements here.
 


 

Before travel to Jamaica, take the time to know the risk management initiatives and applicable quarantine orders that form part of the Controlled Entry Programme and how they will impact your visit.


Types of Restrictive Measures

 

There are various measures applicable under the Order issued under the Disaster Risk Management Act, as follows:

Quarantine at home / private residence

Under this measure persons are required to remain at home / private residence for up to 14 days from their date of entry to Jamaica. Persons under quarantine cannot leave their quarantine location to move within the community, except with express permission from the health authorities. Visitors staying for less than 14 days will be allowed to leave the island in accordance with applicable protocols which would include appropriate arrangements for transportation to the airport.

Stay in Resilient Corridor

This measure applies only for tourist visitors who are staying in the “resilient corridor” designated for tourism purposes. Under this measure, persons are required to remain at their hotel/resort within the corridor for the duration of their stay. They may, however, leave the hotel/resort to visit any tourist attraction, that is certified by the Jamaica Tourist Board to be a COVID-19 Resilient licensed tourist attraction located within the resilient corridor. The list of such attractions is available on the visitjamaica.com website. All travel to and from the attraction must be on transportation licensed under the Tourist Board Act.

Quarantine for Business Traveller

Under this measure, business travellers are required to remain at their intended address, whether a hotel or private home, until they receive a negative Covid-19 PCR test result conducted on arrival into the island. They are then able to conduct their business as described in their travel application while observing all the infection prevention protocols applicable in Jamaica such as wearing a mask in public places and complying with the physical distancing rule. They must also minimize any interactions with the general public.

Stay at Intended Address for Business Travellers

Under this measure, business travellers are required to remain at their intended address, whether a hotel or private home and allowed to leave only once per day to obtain food and medical supplies and to conduct their business meetings and financial transactions following which they must return immediately. They are required to observe all the infection prevention protocols applicable in Jamaica such as wearing a mask in public places and complying with the physical distancing rule. They are NOT allowed to attend any meeting, event or gathering of more than 15 persons, meet with persons aged 65 and over, or take any form of transportation with any other passenger other than a person with whom they travelled to Jamaica.

Quarantine vs isolation

Quarantine is intended to restrict movement and may be at home, hotel/resort or a government facility as determined by the health authorities. Persons under quarantine cannot leave their quarantine location, except with express permission from the health authorities. Isolation is intended to separate persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are suspected to be positive from other persons. This may be at home, hotel/resort or a government facility as determined by the health authorities.

Monitoring during Quarantine or Isolation

Persons who are quarantined or placed in isolation at their home, hotel or intended address will be monitored electronically and by the health authorities to ensure that they do not leave their designated quarantine or isolation location.

Note that persons permitted to enter Jamaica will be permitted to leave Jamaica while in quarantine or isolation in accordance with applicable protocols which would include appropriate arrangements for transportation. An “unfit to fly” notice will be issued to the airlines for persons with positive tests. Persons will be allowed to leave Jamaica using medical evacuation or private flights.