Thinking about heading to Jamaica this year? The island nation has been open to international tourism since last June, following a strict lockdown that helped keep the coronavirus in check within its borders. If you're planning a trip for this summer, though, there are still some restrictions in place you'll need to know about and prepare for.
First off, not every nationality is being welcomed on the island. Until April 30, 2021, a person who is not a citizen of Jamaica and has been in the United Kingdom within 14 days of their intended date of entry, will not be approved for travel to Jamaica.
Futhermore, until May 4, 2021, a person who is not a citizen of Jamaica and has been in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay or Peru within 14 days of their intended date of entry, will not be approved for travel to the island.
For nationalities not on the above list, here's what you'll need to be approved for travel: All travellers ages 12 and up, and regardless of nationality, are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within three days of travel and have an approved Travel Authorization form prior to boarding a flight to Jamaica. Travel applications must be submitted within seven days of the travel date.
Once on the island, visitors staying at approved accommodation within the resilient corridor can move around freely and visit approved, Covid-protocol-compliant attractions within the corridor. The tourism corridor is governed by a strictly enforced set of protocols and standards along with other risk management initiatives.
If your home country requires you to get tested before you return, Jamaica has adequate testing locations and capacity available to meet the demand. In addition, many of the resorts and hotels offer approved testing services on property.
Remember, many countries are still warning against all non-essential travel and some are quarantining all overseas arrivals, including their own returning citizens. Check all the relevant restrictions before you think about travelling.