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What You Need To Know Before Your Trip To Jamaica

Updated: Jun 15, 2020

Okay, okay, I know we aren't out of the woods yet for COVID19 otherwise known as the Corona Virus. However, Jamaica has been doing pretty well with implementing policies and safety procedures during this time. As of June 1, 2020 the Jamaican government has started the phase of reopening the Jamaican borders. June 1 - 14, 2020 is the first phase lifting the border restrictions for Jamaican nationals who are outside of Jamaica. The second phase starts June 15, 2020 where the borders will open up to non Jamaican nationals and visitors. So here's what you need to know.

COVID19 In Jamaica

Here are the stats. As of June 5, 2020 there has only been 591 confirmed cases. 361 cases have recovered and to date there has only been 10 deaths. The National Public Health Laboratory and the National Influenza Centre has tested 13,616 samples with 12,903 being negative. Below is a full look at the numbers taken from the Ministry of Health and Wellness website. If you want to see a more detailed report on how Jamaica is doing during this pandemic check out our ministry of health and wellness website for a full COVID19 report.

Re-entry of Jamaican Residents Stranded Abroad

  • Application Process - In order to return to Jamaica you must first complete an application on Jamaica's Ministry of Health and Wellness website.

  • After the application has been submitted it will be assessed and if everything is in order you will be conditionally approved. Once conditionally approved you can make travel arrangements.

  • 72 hours before departure you will be required to login again and answer health related questions and fill out customs and immigration forms.

  • If all is in order you will receive a final approval with an electronic Travel Authorization document which will be required to board the flight.

  • All returning residents must be tested for COVID19 on arrival and remain in state quarantine for 14 days after arrival.

For more details on the latest protocols for returning residents please visit the MOH website.

Visitors Entering Jamaica

All persons entering Jamaica will see new security screening measures which includes:

  • All visitors planning to visit Jamaica must first fill out the travel authorization form before traveling which can be found on the Visit Jamaica website.

  • You will be subjected to COVID 19 testing if assessed as high risk based on travel history, symptoms or exposure to high risk persons, group, or area.

  • If you are coming on business for 14 days or less you will be required to take the COVID 19 test.

  • Screening of passengers upon arrival by heat sensing scanner for high body temperature before entering the Immigration Hall.

  • If you are considered low risk you will be allowed to go to your destination, but the hotel or resort must be defined and licensed by the Tourist Board Act and will be from Negril to Portland, along the North Coast main road, otherwise called the COVID 19 Resilient Corridor.

Below is a video released by The Ministry of Tourism Jamaica on Instagram. It is a video explaining the new procedures for travelers to Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

Have more questions or need more information? Let me know and I will my best to assist you with the information or visit jamcovid19.moh.gov.jm or https://www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization/ . Remember to practice social distancing and other hygiene practices to protect yourself from COVID 19.

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