Jamaica's borders will remain closed up to May 31 2020, with controlled re-entry of Jamaicans, subject to the established protocols.
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To slow the spread of this unprecedented and challenging health pandemic, we urge you near and far, to observe the many calls for social distancing. We are doing the same, and look forward to when next we meet again. Even though we’re many beating hearts, in times like these, our hearts beat as one. #Jamaica #HeartbeatoftheWorld #StayHome #TravelTomorrow #SoonComeJamaica
Last Updated: May 20, 2020
Destination Jamaica strives to provide factual, up-to-date information to ensure our visitors can make informed travel decisions. Below you can find information and resources to help you make those decisions, and anything else you may need to know about COVID-19 as it relates to travel to and within Jamaica.
NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR CONSUMERS
In the wake of the global outbreak of COVID-19, Jamaica has taken a number of preventive and proactive measures to keep our residents and visitors safe during the health pandemic. Here are the responses to some frequently asked questions. For additional information please visit www.moh.gov.jm/
Q: Is it safe to travel to Jamaica?
A: Like many other countries, Jamaica has had to take the drastic step of closing its border to incoming travelers at this time.. Effective March 24, our air and sea ports will only be accepting vessels which are either picking up passengers, or are taking in goods and materials.
Q: Are there any cases of Coronavirus in Jamaica?
A: As of May 21 Jamaica has 534 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Nine persons have died and 181 recoveries, bringing the recovery rate for the island to 34%.
Q: What is Jamaica doing to prevent the spread of Coronavirus?
A: The Ministry of Health and Wellness has also issued recommendations for the wearing of masks especially for vulnerable groups. Communities that have experienced a spike in numbers have been placed on quarantine for designated days. There are also nightly curfews to restrict movement.
Q: How long will this restriction last?
A: There is no timeline set. It is anticipated that this restriction will be in effect for as long as COVID-19 is a world-wide threat.
Q: What will happen to travellers to the island?
A: All persons who enter the island, including flight crews, will be placed in quarantine,
Q: Where will the quarantine take place?
A: Quarantine facilities will be provided by the Government of Jamaica.; or in the case of flight crews, they will be in self-quarantine at their hotels. Jamaican who travel to the island up to March 23 will be required to self-quarantine at their homes.
Q: If I want to cancel my vacation, what should I do?
A: We recommend contacting your travel agent or travel provider (hotel, airline, etc.) as they will have the most up-to-date information regarding cancellation policies for airlines and hotels.
Q: What if I start experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 during quarantine in Jamaica?
A: If you start to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, advise your resort, hotel or host right away to contact the nearest local health care authorities. In the meantime, isolate yourself immediately to minimize contact with others. According to the Jamaican Ministry of Health & Wellness, the common symptoms are as follows: “respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.” Source: https://www.moh.gov.jm/edu-resources/learn-about-the-coronaviruses/
Q: What should I do if I have arrived back home and start experiencing COVID-19 symptoms after my trip?
A: Contact your local health care provider as soon as possible and isolate yourself immediately to minimize exposure
PREVENTION AND PLANNING
The Ministry of Health is actively monitoring the current outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and working with the World Health Organization and other international partners.
Jamaicans are to avoid all non-essential travel outside Jamaica, including to the US. Anyone who chooses to travel outside Jamaica must practice social distancing for 14 days on their return.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness has issued the following Travel Advisory
If you are considering travelling and you are not a Jamaican, please refer to your local health and travel arrangements for their latest updates.
Please contact your airline for the latest information.
- Southwest has issued is new Southwest Promise
- Condor (DE2162) FRA to MBJ (DE2163) MBJ to FRA is slated to return service June 27, 2020 pending government approval. Condor update here.
- Air Canada has issued a response to COVID-19 here.
- WestJet has issued a response to COVID-19 here.
- American Airlines issued a response to COVID-19 here.
- Jet Blue issued a response to COVID-19 here.
TRAVEL AGENTS and TOUR OPERATORS
Read the latest bulletins about the measures the Government is taking in response to COVID-19, as well the previous updates on JTBOnline, here.
- Bulletin # 12 –March 30, 2020
- Bulletin # 11 –March 30, 2020
- Bulletin # 8 –March 30, 2020
- Bulletin #7 – March 19, 2020
- Bulletin #6 – March 18, 2020
- Bulletin #5 – March 17, 2020
- Bulletin #4 – March 14, 2020
- Bulletin #3 – March 13, 2020
- Bulletin #2 – March 12, 2020
All Cruises with port of call in Jamaica has been suspended.
SEEKING MEDICAL ATTENTION WHILE IN JAMAICA
All travellers who are visiting Jamaica and begin to feel ill can seek medical attention at local hospitals. If you suspect that you might have coronavirus symptoms, you must provide health-care professionals with the following info (via phone): Symptoms, Travel History, and If you had close contact with a sick person, especially someone who has shown symptoms of the coronavirus
- General Health Information: Ministry of Health Hotline 8886635683, 8887547792, 8765425998, 8765426006 or email@example.com
- Jamaica Tourist Board: firstname.lastname@example.org