Jamaica has announced an increase in destination-wide COVID-19 (coronavirus) testing capacity, bringing the island into readiness with the new rules and testing requirements for both United States- and Canada-bound travelers. Jamaica’s aggressive effort to expand testing capacity is part of a continued destination-wide prioritization of safe and seamless travel experiences for international visitors.
A number of hotels and resorts are providing on-site COVID-19 testing for their guests. For travelers staying at other locations, the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the Ministry of Tourism are working together to establish mobile testing facilities within the “Resilient Corridors.” Testing resources will also be added at the Sangster International Airport and the Norman Manley International Airport. Antigen and PCR tests will also be conducted at 10 private laboratories approved by the Ministry of Health and Wellness. The list of approved laboratories can be found online at www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization/testing-labs
“We can confidently assure travelers that Jamaica’s testing capacity will adequately meet the requirements for travel to the United States and Canada,” said Donovan White, director of tourism for the Jamaica Tourist Board, in a press announcement. “Jamaica is resilient. As we keep an eye toward other potential changes for international travelers, we are pleased with our destination-wide preparedness and the progress we have made to make COVID-19 testing even more accessible.”
Good to know: Travel Agent has been keeping track of hotels and destinations now offering antigen or COVID testing in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's January 12 order, which goes into effect Tuesday, January 26.
For more information about Jamaica, visit www.visitjamaica.com.
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