Traveling to Jamaica? JHTA Claims the Government Wants to Reduce Number of Visitors

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Well, everything may not be irie in Jamaica!

In a nutshell: According to the Jamaica Observer, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) members are saying that the Government is delaying travel authorizations because they want to reduce the number of visitors to slow down the spread of COVID-19 cases.

The statement goes on to say that over the last two days thousands of visitors who have flights to the island haven’t been able to travel.

If you’ve considered travel to Jamaica then you know that a mandatory Travel Authorization (and COVID-19 test) is required for entry.

This accusation states that people are running out of time because without the authorization the airline will not allow you to board your flight. This is causing consumers to either no-show or cancel their journeys.

Travel professionals have been assisting clients since the beginning of COVID-19 as far as cancellations and rebooking and this is one of those times when an advisor could be extremely helpful.  The Tourist Board is getting calls from travel advisors, tour operators, and travelers and in some cases, there isn’t a response, according to the Observer interview.

We are aware of one case where a travel advisor was able to reach the tourist board to assist one of her clients with this challenge.

And it’s not about getting pre-tested or any other protocol as visitors are doing everything they need to and it’s all about the waiting period for the authorization.  Initially, the membership of the JHTA was under the impression that the delay was from the increased number of American states where pre-testing was required. But now, they claim it’s to reduce the number of visitors due to the spike in cases.

Will Jamaica close its border again?
It’s hard to say and the report didn’t allude to that, but we’ll continue to monitor this story from both sides.  This is disheartening though. Travelers, both local and international, have gone through great expense and time to plan their travel to Jamaica.

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