Jamaica: Airlift Resumes and Hotels Begin Reopening

Sandals Resorts International is exploring strategic options, including a potential sale
Sandals Montego Bay

With Jamaica’s borders now open to international travelers, airlift service has resumed and operations have restarted at a number of hotels. Most of the major airlines serving the destination—including American Airlines, Delta and JetBlue—have begun operating with limited service while accommodation partners have announced various timelines to coincide with the phased reopening. 

Below is a roundup of developments regarding air service and accommodations as of July 13, 2020. These flight schedules are subject to change without notice. The accommodations list is updated daily as properties receive their COVID-19 compliant certificate.

Airlift 

American Airlines 

  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Sangster International Airport – twice daily service
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Sangster International Airport – daily service ending August 18
  • Miami International Airport to Norman Manley International Airport – daily service currently; twice daily starting August 5
  • Miami International Airport to Sangster International Airport – twice daily service 

Caribbean Airlines

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport to Norman Manley International Airport – daily service 

Delta Air Lines

  • Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport to Norman Manley International Airport – four times weekly service
  • Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport to Sangster International Airport – twice daily service

JetBlue 

  • Boston Logan International Airport to Sangster International Airport – weekly service on Saturdays
  • Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport to Norman Manley International Airport – three times weekly service 
  • Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport to Sangster International Airport – twice daily service 
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport to Norman Manley International Airport –daily service 
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport to Sangster International Airport – twice daily service
  • Orlando International Airport to Sangster International Airport – six times weekly service in July and daily service starting in August

Southwest Airlines  

  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to Sangster International Airport – daily service
  • Orlando International Airport to Sangster International Airport – daily service

Spirit Airlines 

  • Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport to Norman Manley International Airport – three times weekly service
  • Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport to Sangster International Airport – daily service

United Airlines 

  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport to Sangster International Airport – daily service
  • Newark Liberty International Airport to Sangster International Airport – daily service

Accommodations

Montego Bay

  • Rose Hall Villas at Half Moon 
  • Sandals Montego Bay 
  • S Hotel 
  • RIU Reggae
  • Deja Resort

Ocho Rios

  • Couples Tower Isle 
  • Moon Palace Jamaica 
  • RIU Ocho Rios 
  • Jamaica Inn 

Negril

  • Tensing Pen
  • The Spa Retreat
  • Beaches Negril 
  • White Sands Negril
  • Couples Swept Away  

Jamaica has implemented a set of health and safety protocols spanning the tourism sector intended to facilitate a seamless travel experience and mitigate the spread of coronavirus. Within the destination, travelers can expect an enhanced experience at hotels, including digital check-in, hand sanitizer stations, elimination of self service at buffets, digital or single use menus, social distancing markers throughout the property and much more.  

FREE CRUISE NEWSLETTER

Like This Story? Subscribe to the Cruise Newsletter!

The latest product launches, deals, sales promotions, and executive appointments in the cruise industry. Keep up on the latest cruise industry news.

All visitors traveling to Jamaica are required to apply for a "Travel Authorization" no more than five days prior to arrival. As of July 15, non-resident leisure travelers coming from Florida, New York, Arizona and Texas (areas declared by the Ministry of Health and Wellness as high risk at this time), must complete their "Travel Authorization" questionnaire no less than two days and no more than five days prior to arrival. These travelers will be required to include proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result, taken within 10 days of arrival to Jamaica when applying for their Travel Authorization. The test results must also be presented to relevant officials upon arrival in Jamaica. Business travelers are not required to upload a negative result, as they will be tested on arrival.

Related Stories

Palladium Hotel Group Reopens Resorts in the Americas and Spain

The Tryall Club to Open to International Travelers August 1

Kenroy Herbert Appointed Chairman of Anguilla Tourist Board

Jamaica’s Workforce Training Program to Bolster Tourism Recovery

Suggested Articles:

VBT Bicycling Vacations and Country Walkers unveiled new tours and destinations for 2021, including Europe, South America and the U.S. Read more here.

The survey by Allianz found that younger people are slightly more willing to travel sooner than older Americans. Learn more here.

The dual-island nation expects to reopen its borders in October, although no date was given and it's uncertain whether Americans can visit.