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IMPORTANT: For residents of USA, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Panama

  • All residents of the United States of America (USA), Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico or Panama who are 12 years of age or over, are required to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test result to check in for a flight.
  • Tests must be done by a medical laboratory that has a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) registration or ISO 15189 certification.
  • The date of the sample collection must be less than 10 days from the travel date to Jamaica. Example: For a travel date of October 20, the earliest the test sample may be collected is October 11. Use the Test Date Calculator.
  • Samples collected using home test kits (ex. Pixel by LabCorp), along with antibody tests will not be accepted.
  • See the full COVID-19 test requirements here.

The items listed above apply only to residents of USA, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Panama


 

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.


Traveller Categories

 

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”

 

Pre-testing requirement for visitors from high risk locations

All persons visiting Jamaica aged 12 and over who are residents of locations designated as high-risk by the Jamaican health authorities will be required to obtain a COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) or by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) within 10 days prior to their intended date of travel to Jamaica. Test results are required to be presented at the airport in addition to their travel authorization in order to check in for / board their flight to Jamaica. See COVID-19 test requirements for details.

The travel authorization for each traveller will indicate whether the traveller is required to present a test certificate at check in or not.

The locations designated as high-risk for this purpose by the Jamaican health authorities are the United States of America (all States), Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Panama.

Please note that this list of high-risk locations is subject to ongoing reassessment and could therefore change. The pre-testing requirement will not apply to visitors who are not residents of these high-risk locations.

 

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 RT-PCR or Antigen test and a sample will be taken by oropharyngeal and/or nasopharyngeal swabbing.  

Whether or not persons are required to be tested, they will be under a Home Quarantine order for 14 days from their date of entry to Jamaica. If persons are required to be tested and their test is negative, they will still be required to complete their quarantine at home for 14 days from their date of entry to Jamaica. If the test is positive, they will be isolated either at home or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities.

Persons assessed by the health authorities as presenting a very low risk of spread may be required to stay at home for 14 days from their date of entry to Jamaica. These persons would be allowed to leave their home only once per day, to go to the closest practicable location for the purpose of obtaining food, medical supplies or medical services, conducting financial transactions, overseeing their place of business, attending a place of worship, and physical exercise. They would also be required to work from home.

 


Category 2: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for tourism purposes and staying at approved “resilient corridor” accommodation

The pre-testing requirement described above is applicable to persons in this category if they are residents of locations designated as high risk by the Jamaican health authorities. The current list of high risk locations include the countries of Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico and United States of America (USA). Note that 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 PCR test certificate. In this case, they would await their test result in their hotel room.

If the test is negative, they would leave the confines of their hotel room and continue their stay in Jamaica under the “Stay in Resilient Corridor” control measure.

If the result of the test is positive, they would be isolated either at the hotel/resort or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities.

Persons not required to be tested on arrival will be allowed to go to their hotel/resort under the “Stay in Resilient Corridor” control measure.

See here for lists of resilient corridor approved accommodation.

Category 2: Stay In Resilient Corridor quarantine order sampleFAQ

 

 

Category 3: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for business purposes for less than 14 days

The pre-testing requirement described above is applicable to persons in this category if they are residents of locations designated as high risk by the Jamaican health authorities. The current list of high risk locations include the countries of Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama and United States of America (USA).

Business travellers are non-residents travelling to conduct business on behalf of a company or organization. This traveller category does NOT include other non-residents or residents travelling to attend funerals, weddings, other family gatherings or conduct personal interest activities.

Business travellers will also be tested on arrival at the airport in Jamaica. The test will be a COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test and a sample will be taken by oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal swabbing. They will await their test results under a "Quarantine for Business Traveller" measure at their hotel/intended address.

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

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

Category 3: Quarantine Order for Business Traveller sampleFAQ

 



 

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

The pre-testing requirement described above is applicable to persons in this category if they are residents of locations designated as high risk by the Jamaican health authorities. Persons who are not required to pre-test may be required to be tested at the airport or other designated facility, if assessed by the health authorities as high-risk based on health screening and risk assessment on arrival. For persons required to be tested for COVID-19, the test will be a PCR test and a sample will be taken by oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal swabbing. They will then await their test results under quarantine at their hotel/intended address.

Whether or not persons are required to be tested, they will be required to remain in quarantine at home for 14 days from their date of entry to Jamaica. If persons are required to be tested and their test is negative, they will be required to remain in quarantine at home for 14 days from their date of entry to Jamaica. If the test is positive, they will be isolated either at home or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities.

Category 4: Home Quarantine Order sampleFAQ