Saturday 24 October, 2020

Jamaica expands testing requirements for travellers

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Travellers to Jamaica now have the choice of presenting a negative COVID-19 Antigen test or a negative PCR test upon arrival to the island.

The new measure took effect from October 10.

This process replaces the prior requirement for travelers to upload COVID-19 test results as part of the Travel Authorisation process.

Testing must be performed by an accredited lab and results must be presented to the air carrier prior to boarding a flight to Jamaica as well as upon arrival.

Current high-risk areas include Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama and the United States.

In addition to the revised entry measures, travellers are now able to visit COVID-compliant attractions located inside and outside of the Resilient Corridors, using transportation licensed under the Tourist Board Act.

The full list of attractions is available on the VisitJamaica website.

The new measures also allow visitors to stay in multiple accommodation options within the Resilient Corridors, enabling travellers to explore more of Jamaica.

“Health and safety have been our priority since reopening our borders to international travel on June 15,” said Donovan White, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism.

“Our phased approach has allowed us to assess the risks and make adjustments to continually safeguard our visitors and residents. The refreshed protocols and entry measures we have in place ensure a more seamless process so that our guests have the best experience possible.”

Tests results should be no more than 10 days old, measured from the day the sample was taken to the day of arrival in Jamaica.

Tests must be performed at a lab accredited by national health authorities such as the World Health Organisation, the Food and Drug Administration or the Pan American Health Organisation.

Only swab COVID-19 PCR or Antigen tests are acceptable.

All visitors will still be screened upon arrival in Jamaica via thermal temperature checks, symptom observation and a brief interview with a Health Officer.

Business travelers will receive a swab test at the airport, and must remain in quarantine until results are available.

The current process will be in effect through October 31.

Jamaica’s health and safety measures are revisited frequently, which is consistent with the Government's approach of evaluating the COVID-19 global situation. As more is discovered about the virus, including medical advancements, or as the risk profile changes, Jamaica will make any necessary and appropriate revision to the protocols.

For more information on the Travel Authorisation, visit www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization.

For more information on Jamaica’s Health and Safety Protocols, visit www.jtbonline.org.    

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