Jamaica introduces revised safety measures for international travellers

Published on : Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Jamaica has recently announced revised measures for international travellers visiting the island. According to the new processes, the required online travel authorisation application would be more seamless for visitors while health protocols will still be maintained. The Jamaican Ministry of Health and Wellness has also expanded acceptable testing categories and currently allows travellers to choose between presenting a negative COVID-19 antigen test, or a negative PCR test.

It has been mentioned that the testing is required to be performed by an accredited lab and the results are needed to be presented to the air carrier prior to boarding a flight to Jamaica as well as upon arrival. The present process replaces the prior requirement for travellers to upload COVID-19 test results as part of the travel authorisation process.

As per reports, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama and the United States are considered to be high-risk areas at present. In addition to the revised entry measures, travellers can also visit COVID-compliant attractions located inside and outside of the resilient corridors, using transportation licensed under the tourist board act. The new measures also allow visitors to stay in multiple accommodation options within the corridors, enabling travellers to explore more of Jamaica.

Additionally, all visitors will still be screened upon arrival in Jamaica via thermal temperature checks, symptom observation and a brief interview with a health officer. Business travellers will receive a swab test at the airport, and would be required to stay in quarantine until results are available. The latest action would be effective starting October 31.

Donovan White, Director of Tourism, Jamaica said in a statement that the destination has always prioritised health and safety since reopening its borders to international travel on June 15, and the phased approach has allowed authorities to assess the risks and constantly adjust the measures to safeguard visitors and residents.

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