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.


COVID-19 Testing Availability in Jamaica

Jamaica has made an aggressive effort to expand our testing capacity, and we are in full compliance with new rules and testing requirements in place for United States and Canada-bound travellers. We wish to assure you that the country’s COVID-19 testing capacity is adequate to facilitate all visitors to the Island.

Many hotels and resorts are providing COVID-19 testing on-site for their guests.

For travellers staying at other locations, the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the Ministry of Tourism are working together to establish mobile testing sites within the Resilient Corridors. Testing resources will also be added at both of Jamaica’s International airports.

Both Antigen and PCR tests are available.

Below you will find the available testing options, frequently asked questions and other resources


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Frequently Asked Questions for outbound travellers
 

General and USA Specific FAQs

I'm a US citizen. Do I still need to have a test before boarding my flight in Jamaica?

The latest CDC Order applies to all air passengers, 2 years of age or older, traveling into the US, including US citizens and legal permanent residents. Travelers must also confirm information presented is true, in the form of an attestation, collected by the airline.

When do I need to get a test to travel to the US? And what kind of test do I need?

Per the guidance of the CDC, testing must take place no more than 3 days before your flight to the US departs. The US is accepting both PCR and antigen tests. Make sure that you receive your results before your flight departs and have written or electronic documentation of your results to show the airline. Personal identifiers on your negative test results must match the personal information on your passport or other travel documents.

What if I recently recovered from COVID-19?

CDC does not recommend getting tested again in the three months after a positive viral test, as long as you do not have symptoms of COVID-19. If you have had a positive viral test in the past three (3) months, and you have met the criteria to end isolation, you may travel instead with documentation of your positive viral test results and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel. The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “documentation of recovery.”

What if I have had a COVID-19 vaccine? Do I still need a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19?

All air passengers traveling from Jamaica to the US, including those who have received one or both vaccination dosages, are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery in order to board their flight to the United States.

Who will check my test results or documentation of recovery?

The airline will confirm a COVID-19 negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before boarding. Personal identifiers (name and birth date) on your negative test result or documentation of recovery must match the personal identifiers on your passport or other travel documentation.

What happens if I don’t take a test before my flight?

If a passenger chooses not to provide a test result or documentation of recovery, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.

What happens if I test positive?

If you test positive while in Jamaica, a series of public health protocols get activated to manage the risk and to ensure you receive the necessary care, if needed. See more here.

What is a verifiable test result?

A verifiable test result must be in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy) of a laboratory test result. Testing must be performed using a viral test (NAAT or antigen). The test result documentation must include information that identifies the person (which must match the name that appears on the passenger's passport), a specimen collection date and the type of test. A negative test result must show test was done within the 3 days before the flight.

What kind of documentation of my test result do I need to provide?

CDC requires that air passengers ages 2 and older arriving in the US have a paper or electronic copy of their test result for review by the airline before you board and for potential review by public health officials after you arrive in the US. Likewise, all residents of the US, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Mexico or Panama who are 12 years of age or over, are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test result before travel to Jamaica.

Do I need to get a test before leaving for Jamaica?

All residents of US who are 12 years of age or over, are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test result before travel 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 a College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) registered or ISO 15189 certified laboratory. The date of the sample collection must be less than 10 days before the date of travel to Jamaica. The negative test result must be presented to the airline representative in order to complete the check in for a flight to Jamaica. For more information on travel entry requirements, please go to https://www.visitjamaica.com.

When does the testing order take effect?

This Order will go into effect on January 26, 2021.

Does the testing order apply to all flights? Or just commercial flights?

This order applies to all flights, including private flights and general aviation aircraft (charter flights). Passengers traveling by air into the US are required to have proof of testing regardless of flight type.

Do I have to quarantine when I arrive home from Jamaica?

Some state and local governments may have travel restrictions and quarantine requirements in addition to the national testing requirement. Check here for state and local recommendations or requirements prior to travel: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-planner/index.html

My trip is less than 3 days. Will I still need a test?

Yes; the latest CDC order requires testing prior to boarding a flight to the US, regardless of trip duration.

If I have one or more connecting flights to the US, does the 3-day period apply to the first flight or the last one?

If you are arriving on a direct flight to the US, your test must be done within the 3 days before your flight to the US departs. If you are arriving to the US via one or more connecting flights, your test must be done in the 3 days before the first flight in your itinerary, but only if the connecting flights were booked as a single passenger record with a final destination in the US and each connection (layover) is no longer than 24 hours long. If your connecting flight to the US was booked separately or a connection in your itinerary lasts longer than 24 hours, you will need to get tested within the 3 days before your flight that arrives in the US.

What happens if my flight is delayed and it goes over the 3-day limit for testing?

If your flight from Jamaica is delayed before departure, you will need to get re-tested if the delay causes your test to fall outside of the 3-day pre-departure testing period requirement.

If I am connecting through the US to another country, do I still need to get tested?

Yes. Any flight entering the US from Jamaica, even for a connection, will require testing before departure.

Where can I be tested?

Many hotels & resorts listed here are providing onsite testing for their guests. If you are staying somewhere other than one of these properties, laboratory testing options can be found here.

Can I be tested at my resort?

Many hotels & resorts listed here are providing onsite testing for their guests. If you are staying somewhere other than one of these properties, laboratory testing options can be found here.

How much will a test cost in Jamaica?

If testing is not a part of the vacation package, travelers can expect to pay $60.00 to $100.00 for Antigen tests or $150.00 to $230.00 for PCR tests. Both test forms are acceptable under the current U.S. Order.

What if I forget the paper copy of my test results? Can I print them at the airport?

Air travelers who forget physical copies of their test results will be permitted to show electronic copies.

If I arrived in Jamaica from Europe’s Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, or Brazil, will I be allowed to fly to the US at the end of my visit?

Beginning January 26, 2021, travel to the US is suspended for non-US citizens who have been physically present in the Europe’s Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, or Brazil 14 days prior to planned travel to the US.

If I arrived in Jamaica from South Africa will I be allowed to fly to the US at the end of my visit?

Beginning January 30, 2021, travel to the US is suspended for non-US citizens who have been physically present in South Africa 14 days prior to departure to the US.

 

Canada Specific FAQs

I'm a Canadian citizen. Do I need to have a test before boarding my return flight into Canada from Jamaica?

Yes. Effective January 7, 2021, all air travellers 5 years of age or older are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada.

When do I need to get a test to travel to Canada? And what kind of test do I need?

"You must take the test within 72 hours of your scheduled departure time and you must retain evidence of your test results for the 14-day period that begins on the day you enter Canada. The test must be performed using one of two types of COVID-19 tests–either a molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP). Antigen tests are not accepted.

What if I have had a COVID-19 vaccine? Do I still need a negative COVID-19 test ?

You will still require a negative COVID-19 test to enter Canada. At this time, proof of having a vaccine will not replace a negative test result.

Who will check my test results?

The airline will confirm COVID-19 negative test results for all passengers before boarding. Personal identifiers (name and birth date) on your negative test result must match the personal identifiers on your passport or other travel documentation.

What happens if I don’t take a test before my flight?

If a passenger chooses not to provide a test result or documentation of recovery, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.

What happens if I test positive?

If you test positive while in Jamaica, a series of public health protocols get activated to manage the risk and to ensure you receive the necessary care, if needed. See more here.

What kind of documentation of my test result do I need to provide?

"You must present a negative laboratory test (paper or electronic proof of result) to the airline or private operator before coming to Canada. The negative laboratory test result must include: Traveller name and date of birth Name and civic address of the laboratory/clinic/facility that administered the test The date on which the test was conducted The method of test conducted (PCR or LAMP) The test result

Do I have to quarantine when I arrive home from Jamaica?

"Everyone entering Canada must follow mandatory isolation or quarantine requirements. As a traveller, you must demonstrate that you have an adequate plan for quarantine. As of November 21, 2020, it is mandatory to electronically submit your quarantine plan via the ArriveCAN mobile app. Failure to comply with this order is an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to imprisonment and/or fines. For more information, visit https://travel.gc.ca

Where can I be tested?

Many hotels & resorts listed here are providing onsite testing for their guests. If you are staying somewhere other than one of these properties, laboratory testing options can be found here.

Can I be tested at my resort?

Many hotels & resorts listed here are providing onsite testing for their guests. If you are staying somewhere other than one of these properties, laboratory testing options can be found here.

How much will a test cost in Jamaica?

If testing is not a part of the vacation package, travelers can expect to pay $150.00 to $230.00 for PCR tests.

 

What happens if someone tests positive for COVID-19 while in Jamaica?
 

If staying in a hotel:

  1. The positive status must be reported to the medical officer / nurse at the hotel
  2. The medical officer / nurse will inform the Ministry of Health immediately
  3. If the visitor is tested at a lab, the lab will immediately inform the Ministry of Health and the hotel medical team.
  4. The visitor will be relocated to one of the designated isolation rooms in the hotel & family members will be quarantined
  5. The visitor will remain in the isolation room and be monitored for symptoms
  6. If the Ministry of Health is unsatisfied with the isolation arrangements, the guest may be relocated to a government facility
  7. If symptoms persist with complications, the guest may be transferred to a public hospital or a private medical facility subject to insurance coverage

 

If staying in private home or villa:

  1. The visitor must inform the Ministry of Health immediately at 1-888-786-2703
  2. If the visitor is tested at a lab, the lab will immediately inform the Ministry of Health
  3. The visitor must isolate immediately in room at the private home or villa
  4. If the Ministry of Health is unsatisfied with the isolation arrangements, the guest may be relocated to a government facility
  5. If symptoms persist with complications, the guest may be transferred to a public hospital or a private medical facility subject to insurance coverage
  6. The Ministry of Health will monitor the visitor via frequent telephone and video calls