Jamaica is Open for Tourism – What You Need To Know

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The latest from the Jamaica Tourist Office:
All residents of the United States of America (USA), Brazil, Dominican Republic or Mexico who are 12 years of age or over, are required to obtain and upload a COVID-19 PCR test result for travel authorization approval. Tests must be done by a medical laboratory that has  College of American Pathologists (CAP) accreditation. The test sample collection date must be within 10 days of the arrival date in order to obtain a Travel Authorization.

In a nutshell: Jamaica reopened for tourism on June 15th and with this comes a number of protocols including a mandatory Travel Authorization, a COVID-19 test, and some do and don’t scenarios.

First, Jamaica has been extremely thorough with creating and implementing guidelines for risk management and they apply to everyone.  So before you pack your bags, be sure to complete the Travel Authorization as this is mandatory and the first step to getting there.  No Travel Authorization – no boarding!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Approval is issued a maximum of 72-hours prior to arrival in Jamaica
  • Visitors will receive a response within 10-minutes after submitting the form
  • The approval is valid for 7-days and if you do not receive approval you won’t be able to check-in for your flight
  • If you’re not approved you’ll need to wait for 14-days to reapply

The Travel Authorization is being enforced by the airlines, Ministry of Health & Wellness, and Immigration Officers.

When You Arrive in Jamaica

Be sure you have your approved Travel Authorization and review these Six Steps To Your Dream Vacation, which begin upon arrival and include:

  1. Health Screening & Information
  2. Travel Authorization
  3. Duty-Free & Baggage Claim
  4. Customs
  5. Covid-19 PCR Testing
  6. Transporation – If all goes well by this step – you’ll be on your way!

We know one question you may have is…
“What happens if I had COVID and did not know it and then test positive upon entry?”

If you’re traveling with others and one of you tests positive for COVID-19 on arrival then the person who tested positive will be isolated in a public hospital (health facility) for a minimum of 14 days…..or until they are able to produce two consecutive negative tests in a 48-hour period.

Physical distancing and face masks are required, too.

While You’re In Jamaica:

  • If on arrival you are assessed as low risk, you are able to move freely within your resort while observing all sanitization, social distancing and mask-wearing protocols as dictated by the Stay In Zone order, which applies only to visitors who are staying in the COVID-19 Resilient Corridor designated for tourism purposes. Under this measure, persons are required to remain within the Corridor for the duration of their stay.
  • If on arrival you are assessed as high risk and was tested, you will be placed in quarantine at the hotel for up to 48 hours while awaiting the test result.
  • What if the result is positive? If the result of your test is positive, you will be placed in isolation either at your resort or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities.
  • What if the result is negative? If the result of your test is Negative, you will be required to stay on property within the Resilient Corridor observing all sanitization, social distancing and mask-wearing protocols.

As you can see there are several steps to take before you can enjoy your vacation so if you’re above a certain risk level you may want to avoid Jamaica for the time being and stay up to date on their reopening guidelines. Contact your physician with any health-related and COVID questions.

More Reading:

Jamaica Tourist Board COVID-19 Updates
FAQ’s on Reopening Jamaica

About Donna Adinolfi - Editor-in-Chief 164 Articles
In addition to being our Editor-in-Chief, Donna Adinolfi is a wellness travel expert, a freelance writer, an award-winning photographer, and the founder/publisher of MindfulAdventures.com. Her 30+ year career includes serving as the Travel & Spa Editor of Balance Magazine as well as planning wellness travel & retreats. An avid fan of the freedom from carrying cash or credit cards, Donna loves to visit all-inclusive wellness resorts in the U.S, and traveling to some of Mexico's and the Caribbean's many all-inclusive resorts several times each year. She's also a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association.

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