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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. 

Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Persons who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (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), will be placed under a Home Quarantine measure for a period of 8 days following the date of landing in Jamaica.

Fully vaccinated travellers subject to the Home Quarantine measure will have the option to do a RT-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

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 3: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for business purposes

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.

Note that business travellers will be required to pay for the test to be conducted on arrival. They will await their test results under a "Quarantine for Business Traveller" measure at their hotel/intended address..

Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Persons who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (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) and receive a negative RT-PCR test result after their arrival, will be released from quarantine, though all persons are reminded to adhere to the 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.

Not Fully Vaccinated Travellers

For those travellers not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated, if the test 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 RT-PCR or Antigen test and a sample will be taken by oropharyngeal and/or nasopharyngeal swabbing.

Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Persons who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (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), will be placed under a Home Quarantine measure for a period of 8 days following the date of landing in Jamaica.

Fully vaccinated travellers subject to the Home Quarantine measure will have the option to do a RT-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.