Effective March 1, international visitors to Jamaica will no longer be required to obtain travel authorization to enter the island. Travelers 12 years of age and older will only need to provide a negative result from a COVID-19 antigen or PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to their travel. Additionally, travelers to Jamaica will no longer face travel-related quarantine measures.
“Eliminating travel-related quarantines and the need for travelers to fill out and receive approval of the Travel Authorization form are key steps in relaxing our travel protocols as the global spread of COVID-19 declines,” said the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s minister of tourism, in a press statement. “We are confident that these refreshed entry requirements will increase the appeal of Jamaica as a destination of choice and help us continue on our path to recovery for the tourism sector and wider economy as a whole.
Jamaica also recently shortened the isolation period required for U.S. travelers who test positive for COVID-19 while in Jamaica, in keeping with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and eliminated quarantine restrictions for fully vaccinated business travelers who present a negative PCR test taken within three days of travel to Jamaica.
Noted Donovan White, director of tourism, Jamaica Tourist Board: “These changes are timed to go into effect as destinations across the globe are enacting similar revisions to their travel requirements.”
Its “Jamaica CARES” program is a nationwide response to COVID-19 that includes the island’s health and safety protocols, which were among the first to receive the World Travel & Tourism Council’s “Safe Travels” recognition and allowed the island to reopen in June 2020.
For more information, visit www.visitjamaica.com.