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America > Jamaica (Caribbean Islands): Covid-19 and Travel

Jamaica (Caribbean Islands)

Present Situation

Total cases: 81 394

Active cases: 28 041

Recovered: 51 544

Deaths: 1 809

Vaccination count: 515 281

Current trend: Flattening

Data updated on 2021-09-24

Cumulative coronavirus cases

Summary of the situation

Are the borders open to travellers? Partially Allowed
Is a test required to enter the country?
Covid19 test is required for some travelers.
Are quarantine measures imposed? Sous conditions
Is the country in lockdown? Partiellement
Is wearing a mask mandatory?
Masks are required in public spaces

Provisions for travellers

Entry to the territory: Partially Allowed
International travel restrictions reportedly remain unchanged.

A ban on entry for passengers from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, India, and Trinidad and Tobago remains in effect until at least Aug. 31. The measure applies to all non-Jamaicans who have been in these countries within the last 14 days before their intended arrival in Jamaica. Jamaican nationals who have been in the affected countries within 14 days before arrival will be tested at the airport and placed in a state quarantine facility for a minimum of 48 hours. Persons who test negative will complete the remainder of their 14-day quarantine at home, while those who test positive will be placed in a state isolation facility until they have recovered.

Except for travel from the six South American countries, India, and Trinidad and Tobago, all ports of entry are open to nonresident foreign travelers, citizens, and legal residents; all arriving passengers will be subject to strict health screenings and assessments. All travelers require pre-travel authorization up to seven days before their planned departure for Jamaica. Individuals 12 years and older must present a negative COVID-19 PCR, antigen, or other approved test taken up to 72 hours before travel. In most cases, fully vaccinated arrivals must complete an eight-day self-quarantine, while unvaccinated passengers must undergo a 14-day self-quarantine. If authorities consider them low-risk, these individuals can leave their homes once a day to go to the closest location to obtain food, medical supplies, or medical services or conduct financial transactions. Additionally, fully vaccinated individuals can further shorten their mandatory quarantine period by taking an approved PCR test after their arrival and obtaining a negative result. Other entry and quarantine requirements for travelers are:

Citizens and legal residents: Travelers are required to complete self-quarantine; if considered high-risk, they may be required to take an additional PCR or antigen test upon arrival.

Nonresident business travelers: Individuals traveling for business purposes will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and must self-quarantine at their accommodations while awaiting the results. If the test is negative, they can end the quarantine, but only to obtain essential goods and conduct their business meetings. Otherwise, they must remain at their accommodations. If the test is positive, they must continue to isolate.

Nonresidents staying in the Resilient Corridor: Travelers for tourism purposes staying at approved locations in the Resilient Corridor may be subject to testing upon arrival. In those cases, they must wait for the test result within their hotel rooms. If they test negative or are not subject to testing upon arrival, they may leave their hotel room and resort, provided they remain in the Resilient Corridor. This area includes the northern coast from Negril, Westmoreland, to Port Antonio, Portland, and the southern coast from Milk River, Clarendon, to Negril.

Nonresidents staying outside the Resilient Corridor: Travelers on non-business purposes and not staying in the Resilient Corridor must self-quarantine for eight days if fully vaccinated, or 14 days if not fully vaccinated, regardless of a negative COVID-19 test result.

All travelers assessed to be high risk may be subject to additional health tests at the airport. Travelers with a positive COVID-19 test result will be required to isolate at home or an approved government facility for 14 days.

Tests: Covid19 test is required for some travelers.

Quarantine: Depends
All arrivals to Jamaica must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Information updated on 2021-09-21.

Action taken in the country

Lockdown: Partial
Officials in Jamaica plan to slightly ease domestic COVID-19-related measures effective Sept. 18. Existing travel restrictions will remain unchanged.

Under the new orders, officials announced there will be no further 24-hour stay-at-home days during weekdays and the nightly curfew in effect from Mondays to Fridays will be shortened by one hour to 20:00-05:00. On Saturdays, the curfew will continue to start at 18:00 and will remain in place until Mondays at 05:00. The following other restrictions remain unchanged:

A work-from-home order remains in place for much of the public sector. Authorities continue to appeal to the private sector to take a similar approach.

Public gatherings are limited to 10 people, except for weddings and annual general meetings of private companies, which are allowed up to 20 people. Places of worship may also host up to 20 people; individuals must have authorization from their place of worship to attend.

Events hosted by public entities are banned.

Business activity remains mostly operational outside the curfew hours.

Mask use
Masks are required in public spaces

Gatherings: Partially Allowed
Events of more than 20 people banned

Restaurants and bars: Open with restrictions

Shops: Open

Tourist attractions: Open


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