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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 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

On arrival in Jamaica, travellers will undergo a health screening and risk assessment and may still be required to be tested at the airport or designated facility, if, for example, they are exhibiting symptoms despite presenting a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate to board their flight. In this case, travellers 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

All persons visiting Jamaica for business purposes are required to do a COVID-19 RT-PCR test with a sample taken by oropharyngeal and/or nasopharyngeal swabbing at the airport on arrival. Please note that this is in addition to the pre-test prior to departure. 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.

Effective March 4, 2021, business travellers will be required to pay for the test to be conducted on arrival.

Business visitors 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 and adhering to all infection prevention and control guidelines including minimal interactions with the general public.

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 3: Quarantine Order for Business Traveller sampleFAQ

 



 

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

On arrival in Jamaica, travellers will undergo a health screening and risk assessment and may still be required to be tested at the airport or designated facility, if for example, they are exhibiting symptoms despite presenting a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate to board their flight. 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

Fully vaccinated persons will be required to quarantine for up to 8 days while persons not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated will be required to remain in quarantine at home for 14 days from their date of entry to Jamaica. If a person is tested and their test is negative, they will 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