Jamaica Updates Travel Authorization Protocols Effective October 10 through October 31

Jamaica Travel Authorization
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Jamaica reopened for tourism back in mid-June and there’s some more news for non-residents.

In a nutshell:  Effective October 10 through October 31, all residents of USA, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Panama, and Mexico who are 12 years of age or over, will be required to present a WHO, PAHO or FDA approved COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test result to the airline representative at check-in.  And, the date of the test sample must be less than 10-days from the date of travel.

What do I need to do for my journey to Jamaica?

First, a negative test result must be presented in order to complete check-in for a flight, but there’s more to do before this point.

When submitting your application:

  • Enter your email and await a one-time password to authenticate your account.
  • Fill in your personal, health, and intended stay in Jamaica information.
  • Provide consent and declaration, Complete the Immigration & Customs Form, and Submit!

Your application will then be reviewed and a COVID-19 health risk assessment will be done.

If all of this is a success, you’ll receive an email with your Travel Authorization.
But, if your health risk assessment level is above the threshold, you will receive an email recommending you do not travel to Jamaica at this time.

Hopefully, it will be a success.  You’ll then need to save a copy of your Travel Authorization because you must show it to your airline at check-in (or when boarding).

Residents (12 and older) of the US, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Panama, and Mexico require an approved COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test.

  • The test sample must be collected less than 10 days from the date of travel.
    • As an example, if you’re traveling on November 14th then the earliest date for a test sample is November 5th.
  • The test must be conducted by a CLIA registered or ISO certified laboratory.
  • Be sure to take the test result with you as you will need to present it to the airline representative at check-in for your flight along with your Travel Authorization.

Test samples collected using home test kits (ex. Pixel by LabCorp), along with antibody tests will not be accepted.

What happens when you arrive in Jamaica?

It’s important to note that you may still be required to get tested at the airport (or designated facility) based on your health screening and risk assessment.  This could occur if you’re showing symptoms or belong to a high risk group even though you presented a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. In this case, you would await your test result in your hotel room.

  • If the test is negative, visitors could leave their hotel room and enjoy their stay in Jamaica (must still follow the “Stay in Resilient Corridor” control measure).
  • If the result of the test is positive, the visitor would be isolated either at the hotel/resort or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities.
  • If the visitor is not required to be tested on arrival they will be allowed to go to their hotel/resort – under the “Stay in Resilient Corridor” control measure.

This is the list of the approved hotels/resorts in the Resilient Corridor.

Jamaica Resilient Corridor
Visit Jamaica

Be sure to review all details about traveling to Jamaica at VisitJamaica.com

 

More resort reopenings in Jamaica …

Zoetry Montego Bay, located in the Rose Hall area, reopened as of October 1.

Breathless Montego Bay also reopened on October 1 and all resorts follow the CleanComplete verification for the health and safety of all guests and employees.

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