Hot on the heels of fellow islands St. Lucia and Antigua, Jamaica will reopen for tourism starting June 15, making it the largest Caribbean destination to reopen its borders so far.
The country has been completely closed off to anyone arriving via sea or air since March 21, with very strict isolation rules and a nation-wide curfew that managed to keep the number of virus cases relatively low. Now Jamaica is not restricting incoming arrivals to any specific nationalities (unlike St. Lucia, Cyprus and other countries).
Along with the announcement, Jamaica's head of the Ministry of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, presented a 100 page document full of protocols to safely manage accommodations, attractions, water sports, shopping, cruise ports, airports, contract carriage, restaurants and bars, with guidelines to protect both workers and tourists.
Several resorts will also reopen on June 4, including the famous Sandals Resort and Half Moon, and have already started to accept bookings for the second half of July. Delta Airlines plans to relaunch daily flights to Montego Bay this month while Southwest Airlines and British Airlines will resume their routes in July.
As for the rest of the Caribbean, the US Virgin Islands reopened on June 1; St. Lucia and Antigua will reopen June 4; the Bahamas is eyeing a July 1 reopening date; Aruba hopes to welcome back tourists between June 15 and July 2020; Turks and Caicos will reopen July 22; and the Cayman Islands likely won't reopen until September.
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