Jamaica Eases Entry Travel Restrictions For All Travelers

Jamaica Eases Entry Travel Restrictions For All Travelers

The Jamaican government is set to eliminate both the obligation to obtain a travel authorization and the need to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. New measures will take effect from March 1, 2022.

“Eliminating travel-related quarantines and the need for travelers to fill out and receive approval of the Travel Authorization form are key steps in relaxing our travel protocols as the global spread of COVID-19 declines,” said Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism. 

On Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that the changes follow a “rapid improvement” in the COVID-19 situation in the country.

The existing pre-departure PCR testing will remain in force for people aged 12 and above. But, “we are therefore reviewing whether or not we should maintain this requirement or modify it,” Holness said.

The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) welcomed the move, predicting an increase in inbound tourism.

This “is a step in the right direction, especially for business travelers who can now come into the island to do business… without fear of testing out of quarantine,” said JHTA President Clifton Reader.

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) recognized Jamaica with its global safety and hygiene stamp.

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“We are continually reviewing our Jamaica CARES program and travel protocols to ensure Jamaica retains its position as one of the world’s leading tourism destinations,” said Donovan White, Director of Tourism of the Jamaican Tourist Board. 

“These changes are timed to go into effect as destinations across the globe are enacting similar revisions to their travel requirements.”

The nightly curfew has also been relaxed. From Feb. 25 until Mar. 17, night curfew will run from midnight until 5:00 am.

“We are confident that these refreshed entry requirements will increase the appeal of Jamaica as a destination of choice and help us continue on our path to recovery for the tourism sector and wider economy as a whole.”