Before You Go to Vacation in Jamaica
Updated: Dec 8, 2020
Vacationing in Jamaica is an experience you will never forget. As a Jamaican, I have been to many Jamaican vacation spots and I do enjoy them. My favorite parish is the lush Portland with Frenchman’s Cove, a beach that’s known world-wide. Travel to Jamaica for international visitors was opened on June 15. Restrictions are in place however, due to the requirements to slow/contain the spread of Covid-19. It is still worth the trip though, if you choose to come.
Jamaica is known for its world-renowned all-inclusive resorts, white sand beaches and laid-back culture. This colorful land attracts many tourists especially during the winter season. Online travel website Tripadvisor.com has named Jamaica to the 14th position in its ranking of the Top 25 destinations in the world.
Jamaica's tourism severely affected by the pandemic, reopened its borders to all international tourists on June 15, 2020.
Here are all the latest COVID-19 entry requirements and everything travelers need to know before booking their trip.
Countries Permitted to Visit Jamaica
Travelers from all countries are permitted to visit Jamaica under regular visa requirements. All travelers must get travel authorization that will be required to check in for your flight to Jamaica.
Travelers coming from the following high-risk countries are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate no older than 10 days before arriving in Jamaica.
High Risk Countries:
· United States
· Dominican Republic
Important Note: All passengers COULD be tested for COVID-19 at the airport if considered high risk or showing symptoms. Travelers that are tested must self-isolate for up to 48 hours at their accommodation while awaiting results.
Quarantine Entry Requirements
All travelers who are NOT STAYING in the tourism corridor will have to self-quarantine for 14 days and will be monitored.
Travelers staying in the tourism corridor below will NOT have to self-quarantine.
· Part 1: A Northern segment stretching from Negril in Westmoreland across the northern coastline to Port Antonio in Portland.
· Part 2: A South Coast segment running from Milk River in Clarendon westward to Negril in Westmoreland
COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Jamaica
All visitors must follow COVID-19 health requirements while in Jamaica:
· Wearing a mask when instructed
· Follow social distancing markers and instructions
Jamaica Covid-19 Entry Requirements:
1. Complete online travel authorization.
2. Check if you need a visa for entry to Jamaica. If you are coming from USA, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Panama, or Mexico get proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test.
3. Present travel authorization to check in for your flight
4. All incoming travelers should have travel insurance that covers COVID-19 for the duration of their trip to Jamaica
5. Follow quarantine requirements (if required)
6. Follow all health protocols while in Jamaica
Restrictions in Jamaica
Proposed new curfew hours for the December to January period will be 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. daily, except for the public holidays. On Christmas Day (December 25) and Boxing Day (December 26), the curfew will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 5:00 a.m. Movement will, therefore, only be permitted between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. On December 27, the curfew will revert to 10:00 p.m. nightly, and this will also include December 31, which is New Year’s Eve.
On New Year’s Day, January 1, 2021, the curfew will commence at 7:00 p.m. and end 5:00 a.m. the following morning. From January 2 to 15, 2021, the curfew hours will return to 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. daily.
The reduction in curfew hours is expected to have a significant positive impact on commerce, particularly in the quick service industry. It should increase economic activity and bring back many jobs. The curfew hours should not encourage risky activities that would increase the spread.
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Jacqueline Cameron is an editor/writer with years of writing experience running the gamut from blogging to reporting. She lives in Kingston, Jamaica and is the chief writer for the Jamaica So Nice Blog. She is a trained engineer and musician and loves to see people transformed through her work.