Jamaica is Open for Tourism – What You Need To Know

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Jamaica has reopened for tourists!
That’s good news if you’re itching to enjoy paradise…and you’ll need to follow some guidelines before stepping into your tropical oasis.

The Jamaica Tourist Office just released the following:
For July 10, 2020, and later arrivals, all travelers from New York, Florida, Arizona, and Texas will be required to upload a negative Covid-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result. The date of the test 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.

What You Need To Know

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.  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.

Arriving 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.

Resort Update
Jamaica is opening in phases with the first one going on now through June 30th, which is why all of your favorite resorts haven’t reopened yet.  The first phase is based on a “resilient corridor” and this area covers Negril and above the north coast (to Portland).

A handful of all-inclusive resorts are reopening with more scheduled, but keep in mind this is still fluid and changes can be made so be sure to stay in touch with your preferred resort.

Riu Ocho Rios reopened on June 15th and Sandals Montego Bay is also open now.  Sandals Royal Caribbean is due to reopen on July 2 and Negril on July 9 with additional Sandals properties opening later on.  Couples Resorts will reopen on July 1.   Check our COVID-19 – All-Inclusive Resort Opening Dates for more info on other resorts.

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.

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About Donna Adinolfi - Editor-in-Chief 127 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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