Jamaica is Open for Tourism with PCR Test Required from All Travelers

Jamaica reopening for tourism

Jamaica is open to tourists from all countries but the UK. NegativeCOVID-19 test results no older than 72 hours are required from all arrivals. 

Tourists, citizens or residents staying outside the Resilient corridors will need to quarantine for 14 days.

Tourists staying in Resilient Corridors can leave their hotels only to visit authorized tourist destinations within the corridor. 

Disclaimer: Travel restrictions and governmental regulations can change rapidly and the information below might be outdated within a few hours. Therefore, double-check all information with your embassy or on official websites. Traveling Lifestyle does not take any responsibility for your decision to travel.

Jamaica Reopening – Latest Updates

Jamaica reopening for tourism

March 18

Jamaica has extended the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test result to arrivals (including Jamaican citizens and residents) from all countries, not only risk countries. Only minors under 12 years of age are exempted of this measure. (Source)

Vaccination campaigns have finally picked up this month. To March 14, 12,099 doses of the COVID vaccine had been administered to the population.

March 8

Jamaica will be receiving its first shipment of vaccines on March 8 directly from India. The vaccination rollout is expected to start on March 10. The Minister of Health and Wellness has said that the country expects to reduce the “death and disease burden associated with COVID-19.”

He also assured that non-discriminatory practices will be incorporated in the allocation of vaccines so all the population can access the vaccine soon.

February 5

Given the current epidemiological situation in the US, Brazil, Panama, Dominican Republic and Mexico, the government of Jamaica is now demanding visitors coming from these countries to present a negative COVID-19 test result no older than 10 days and from an accredited laboratory before boarding their flight.

Additionally, Jamaica has enforced a travel ban on flights coming in the country from the U.K. until Sunday 28 February 2021. 

December 5

According to the CDC, Jamaica is at level 4 warning. This means that the island is not safe to visit now and only essential travel is recommended. (CDC.gov)

General restrictions to enter Jamaica

  • Negative COVID-19 test result. The sample for the test must have been taken in the 3 days prior to arrival. Travelers 12 years or younger are exempted from this requirement.
  • Travel authorization – Before even thinking of buying a ticket, make sure you get authorization to enter. Fill the form here. This requirement also applies to residents and people visiting family or friends.
  • Extra COVID-19 test – If authorities assess a traveler as a high-risk person as a result of being exposed to positive patients and other circumstances, that person must take an additional COVID-19 test upon arrival at their own cost.

The Jamaican government has managed to keep its death toll low. As of today, the country has reported 33,366 positive cases, 15,615 of them have already recovered, and 511 deaths.

Quarantine upon arrival and other restrictions

The restrictions you need to follow depend on the category you fall into. 

Category 1: Residents – Jamaican nationals and residents 

  • Jamaican nationals and non-nationals who ordinarily reside in Jamaica may be requested to take a second COVID-19 test upon arrival. 
  • All these citizens are requested to undertake a 14-day quarantine regardless of their test result. 
  • With negative test results they are allowed to spend quarantine at home. Otherwise, they may need to quarantine at a government-approved facility. 

Category 2: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for tourism purposes and staying at approved “resilient corridor” accommodation/hotels 

  • Based on your risk assessment on arrival, you may be required to be tested at the airport.
  • If you test negative, you should remain at your accommodation but you can be authorized to visit tourist attractions within the same corridor. Check the “Stay in Resilient Corridor” policy.
  • If you test positive, you should quarantine at your hotel/resort or at a government-approved facility. 
Jamaica reopening for tourism

Category 3: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for business purposes for less than 14 days

  • All people traveling to Jamaica for business purposes must upload a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result to get their Travel Authorization
  • This traveler category does not include visitors attending funerals, weddings, or some other activities.
  • All these visitors will be tested upon arrival at the airport in Jamaica. They must await their results under a “Quarantine for Business Traveler” policy at their hotel/intended address. 
  • If they test negative, they will be released from quarantine and be under a “Stay at Intended Address for Business Travelers” policy for 14 days.
  • If they test positive, they must undertake quarantine at your hotel/intended address or at a government-approved facility.

Category 4: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for other purposes including tourists not staying within the “resilient corridor

  • Based on their risk assessment on arrival, they may be required to be tested at the airport.
  • Regardless of their test result, they must stay in quarantine for 14 days. 

Sources UK embassy and US embassy

Special requirements for all travelers

Jamaica reopening to tourists

Visitors who are 12 years and older must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test result before boarding. 

Keep in mind that Jamaica demands their visitors to bring tests done by medical laboratories that have a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) registration or ISO 15189 certification. Home test kits are not accepted.

The date of the sample collected cannot be older than 10 days before arrival. Check the full list of COVID-19 requirements here.

Accepted COVID-19 test types

Keep in mind that tests must be done by a medical laboratory that has a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) registration or ISO 15189 certification. Home test kits (ex. Pixel by LabCorp), along with antibody tests will not be accepted.

  • A Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (RT-PCR)
  • A Nucleic Acid Amplification test (NAA)
  • An RNA or molecular test
  • An Antigen test

See full details about these restrictions here.

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Additionally, depending on your country of departure you may need to present proof of a yellow fever vaccine. We strongly recommend you to check it with Jamaican National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.

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