Latest News: Jamaica authorities will place restrictions on travel from Trinidad and Tobago (LoopNews, 04.05.2021). Jamaica's authorities lifts ban on flights to, from U.K. (Tribune242, 01.05.2021)
*Entry to Jamaica: The following measures apply to travellers to Jamaica:
Prior to checking in for a flight to Jamaica, you must get authorisation to enter from the Visit Jamaica website
• There is a ban on all flights arriving in Jamaica from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India, Paraguay, Peru and Trinidad and Tobago until 3 June. Additionally, all non-Jamaicans who have been in these countries within the previous 14 days prior to the intended arrival date in Jamaica and who may seek to enter the island through another country, will not be permitted to enter Jamaica
• All travellers from 12 years and upwards arriving in Jamaica must present a negative COVID-19 molecular (PCR, NAA, RNA) or Antigen test, which was conducted within the 72 hours prior to the date of travel
• Business travellers must submit a negative COVID-19 test and be subject to testing on arrival (which they will need to pay for)
• Additionally, all non-Jamaicans who have been in the UK within the last 14 days prior to intended arrival date in Jamaica, who may seek to enter the island through another country will not be permitted to enter Jamaica
• All travellers arriving in Jamaica will be screened for COVID 19 symptoms at the airport
*Testing and Screening on arrival: All travellers arriving in Jamaica may be tested for COVID-19 if assessed as high-risk as a result of exhibiting symptoms, exposure to persons who have tested positive, belonging to a high-risk group or other risk factors. Travellers will be screened for symptoms at the airport.
*Quarantine requirements: All travellers arriving in Jamaica will be subject to the following quarantine requirements:
Category 1: Residents - Jamaican nationals and non-nationals (including British Citizens) ordinarily resident in Jamaica
• Jamaican nationals and non-nationals ordinarily resident in Jamaica may be subject to testing if assessed as high-risk.
• Whether or not you are required to be tested, you will be required to remain in quarantine at home for 14 days from your date of entry to Jamaica.
• If you need to be tested and your test is negative, you will have to complete your quarantine at home for 14 days from your date of entry to Jamaica.
• If the test is positive, you will be isolated either at home or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities.
*Category 2: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for tourism purposes and staying at approved “resilient corridor” accommodation
• The pre-testing requirement described above is applicable to persons in this category if they are residents of locations designated as high risk by the Jamaican health authorities.
• Based on health screening and risk assessment on arrival, you may still be required to be tested at the airport or designated facility. In this case, you would await your test result in your hotel room.
• If the test is negative, you would remain at your hotel/resort within the “resilient corridor” and restricted to property under the “Stay in Resilient Corridor” measure.
• If the test is positive, you would be isolated either at the hotel/resort or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities. • Details of ‘resilient corridor’ accommodation can be found on the Visit Jamaica website.
*Category 3: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for business purposes
• This traveller category does NOT include other non-residents or residents travelling to attend funerals, weddings, other family gatherings or conduct personal interest activities.
• Business travellers will also be tested on arrival at the airport in Jamaica. They will await their test results under a “Quarantine for Business Traveller” measure at their hotel/intended address. If the test is negative, they would be released from quarantine and be under a “Stay at Intended Address for Business Travellers” measure for a period of 14 days from their date of entry to Jamaica or for the duration of their stay if shorter than 14 days. If the test is positive, they would be isolated either at their hotel/intended address or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities.
*Category 4: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for other purposes including tourists not staying within the “resilient corridor”
• The pre-testing requirement described above is applicable to persons in this category if they are residents of locations designated as high risk by the Jamaican health authorities. Persons who are not required to pre-test may be required to be tested at the airport or other designated facility, if assessed by the health authorities as high-risk. They will then await their test results under quarantine at their hotel/intended address.
• Whether or not you need to be tested or not, you will be need to remain in quarantine at home for 14 days from your date of entry to Jamaica. If you need to be tested and your test is negative, you will be required to remain in quarantine at home for 14 days from your date of entry to Jamaica. If the test is positive, you will be isolated either at home or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities.
*Travel in Jamaica: Anyone with colds, coughs and flu symptoms is required to stay at home. All persons over the age of 60 and over must self-isolate at home.
*Accommodation: Hotels and Private Rentals are reopening in Jamaica, subject to the Government of Jamaica guidance above. Travellers are advised to confirm arrangements before travelling.
*Public places and services: There are a range of local measures to limit the spread of the virus and the Jamaican authorities will seek to prosecute people who breach COVID-19 protocols, including those who break quarantine protocols, which may result in a fine and/or prison sentence. There is a weekday island wide curfew from 8pm to 5am and with extended hours for weekends. The curfew hours are:
• 6pm on Saturdays to 5am on Sundays
• 2pm on Sundays to 5am on Mondays
• All day curfew in place on Labour Day 24 May (2pm, Sunday 23 May through to 5am, Tuesday 25 May)
• gatherings of more than 10 people in any public place are not permitted
• it is mandatory to wear masks in public and maintain a minimum personal distance of six feet
• persons aged 60 and over are confined to home
• Churches will engage in online services only
• weddings can be performed with an attendance limit of 15 persons
• No funeral services. Burials are only permitted between Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm with no more than 15 persons in attendance (no more than 10 mourners)
• The main business district, the Corporate Area of Kingston, will be restricted for the purposes of essential activity and residents should only venture out for such purposes
• market hours are 6am to 6pm Monday-Saturday, with markets closed on Sundays
• zoos will close at 6pm
• parks will close at 6pm
• amusement arcades will close at 6pm
• bars will close at 6pm
• restaurants will close at 6pm
• water parks 10am to 6pm
• most beaches and rivers will be closed.
• concerts, parties and boat parties are banned.