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All persons arriving in Jamaica at this time are subject to a quarantine order according to the assigned traveller category.

The risk-based testing and quarantine protocols differ among the following four categories of passengers:

  1. Residents - Jamaican nationals and non-nationals ordinarily resident in Jamaica by virtue of work permit, marriage, being a dependent of a national, etc.
  2. Non-residents visiting Jamaica for tourism purposes staying within the “resilient corridor”
  3. Non-residents visiting Jamaica for business purposes
  4. Non-residents visiting Jamaica for other purposes including tourists not staying within the “resilient corridor”
     

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Category 1: Residents - Jamaican nationals and non-nationals ordinarily resident in Jamaica

Jamaican nationals and non-nationals ordinarily resident in Jamaica may be subject to testing if assessed as high-risk as a result of exhibiting symptoms, exposure to persons who have tested positive, belonging to a high-risk group or other risk factors.  High-risk groups include cruise ship workers, involuntarily returned migrants and health care workers. For persons required to be tested for COVID-19, the test will be a PCR or Antigen test and a sample will be taken by oropharyngeal and/or nasopharyngeal swabbing. 

Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Fully vaccinated travelers (that is, they have received both doses of a vaccine required to be administered in two doses or one dose of a vaccine required to be administered as a single dose AND at least 14 days have passed since they received the last dose of the vaccine) that present a negative PCR test taken within 3 days of departure to Jamaica will not be required to quarantine on arrival. Otherwise they will be placed under a Home Quarantine measure for a period of 8 days following the date of landing in Jamaica.

Fully vaccinated travelers subject to the Home Quarantine measure will have the option to do a PCR test for COVID-19 at their own expense at an approved testing laboratory after their arrival in Jamaica (see a list of approved laboratories). If the test result is negative, the quarantine period will end on receipt of the result. If the test result shows that the traveller is COVID-19 positive, the traveller will be isolated either at home or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities.

Not Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Persons that are not vaccinated, or not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, will be placed under the Home Quarantine measure for a period of 14 days following the date of landing in Jamaica.

 


Category 2: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for tourism purposes and staying at approved “resilient corridor” accommodation or outside the resilient corridors at approved Covid-19 compliant  JTB licensed accommodations

While observing the safety protocols, visitors staying at any Covid-19 compliant accommodation, regardless of their vaccination status, are free to enjoy all available amenities and activities at their accommodation provider as well as visit all approved attractions, restaurants and duty free shopping malls. Visitor movement between entities within the Resilient Corridor however, must be via JTB licensed transportation. 

Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Fully vaccinated travelers that presented a PCR test for their inbound flight will not be restricted to movement within the Corridor. After arrival in Jamaica, fully vaccinated travelers may take a PCR test and if the test result is negative, they would no longer be restricted to movement within the Corridor.

 

 

Category 3: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for business purposes

Business travellers are non-residents travelling to conduct business on behalf of a company or organization. Note that business purposes do not include funerals, memorial services, weddings or other personal activities.

Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Fully vaccinated business travelers (that is, they have received both doses of a vaccine required to be administered in two doses or one dose of a vaccine required to be administered as a single dose AND at least 14 days have passed since they received the last dose of the vaccine) that present a negative PCR test taken within 3 days of departure to Jamaica will not be required to quarantine on arrival. Otherwise they may receive a negative PCR test result after their arrival, and be released from a "Quarantine for Business Traveller" measure.

If the test is positive, they would be required to isolate either at their hotel/intended address or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities.

Not Fully Vaccinated Travellers

All persons not fully vaccinated are required to present a COVID-19 PCR test done within 3 days of travel or take one at the airport on arrival. If the test is done on arrival, it will be at the cost of the traveller and they will await their test results under a "Quarantine for Business Traveller" measure at their hotel/intended address..

If the test result is negative, they would be released from quarantine but remain under a “Stay at Intended Address for Business Travellers” measure for the duration of their stay.

If the test is positive, they would be required to isolate either at their hotel/intended address or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities.



 

Category 4: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for other purposes including tourists not staying within the “resilient corridor”

Based on health screening and risk assessment on arrival, persons may still be required to be tested at the airport or designated facility, if, for example, they are exhibiting symptoms or belong to a high-risk group despite presenting a negative COVID-19 test certificate. In this case, they would await their test result at their intended address. For persons required to be tested for COVID-19, the test will be a PCR or Antigen test and a sample will be taken by oropharyngeal and/or nasopharyngeal swabbing.

Fully Vaccinated Travelers

Effective November 18, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers (that is, they have received both doses of a vaccine required to be administered in two doses or one dose of a vaccine required to be administered as a single dose AND at least 14 days have passed since they received the last dose of the vaccine) that present a negative PCR test taken within 3 days of departure to Jamaica will not be required to quarantine on arrival.

Otherwise travelers will be placed under a Quarantine measure for a period of 8 days following the date of landing in Jamaica. Travelers subject to this quarantine measure have the option to do a PCR test for COVID-19 at their own expense at an approved testing laboratory after their arrival in Jamaica (see a list of approved laboratories). If the test result is negative, the quarantine period will end on receipt of the result by the health authorities. If the test result shows that the traveler is COVID-19 positive, the traveler is to be isolated, either at their intended accommodation or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities.

Not Fully Vaccinated Travelers

Persons that are not vaccinated, or not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, will be placed under a Quarantine measure at their intended accommodation for a period of 14 days following the date of landing in Jamaica.