VIDEO: US travel warning in place for most countries - Bartlett
Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett has downplayed the impact of the United States' level-three warning against travel to Jamaica due to the threat of COVID-19 in the island.
He said, in fact, most countries across the world now fall within the same US State Department level-three (reconsider travel) category due to the pandemic.
"It is not a situation where this is positioning Jamaica in a particularly negative light and that the impact will be deleterious to our tourism... We don't see this as an indication of a push back on Jamaica's travel and tourism," Bartlett told journalists Friday.
Bartlett also underscored that the level-three advisory is actually better than the previous level-four warning to Americans against travel to anywhere in the world due to COVID-19.
The Trump administration on Thursday rescinded its warnings to Americans against all international travel because of the coronavirus pandemic, saying conditions no longer warrant a blanket worldwide alert.
The State Department lifted its level-four health advisory for the entire world in order to return to country-specific warnings. That move came shortly after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its COVID-19 travel advisory information. The CDC lifted “do not travel” warnings for about 20 locations but advised staying away from the vast majority of the world.