Can I Travel to Jamaica After Recovering From Covid-19?
I have a trip booked for Jamaica soon but I was diagnosed with COVID-19 after getting tested. I was wondering if this will prevent me from getting travel authorization when I recover in another 2 weeks? I tried looking all over the Jamaica websites for travellers but didn't see any answers. RESPONSE: by Deon Clarke
Does anyone have any experience they can share or know the policy? It looks like I still have to show a negative COVID-19 test and not proof of recovery? Thanks
I’m so sorry to hear about your COVID-19 diagnosis. This virus has really become a hindrance to our usual way of life but as I can see, you won’t let it deter you from your travel plans as you are determined to recover and get on with life. That’s the spirit!
Now to provide clarity on the requirements post COVID-19 recovery.
Travel Authorization Requirements
The Ministry of Health in Jamaica requires that all travellers who are 12 years of age and over, present a COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test that has been authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) or meets the standards of the World Health Organization (WHO).
This must be presented to the airline representative during check-in. The date of the test sample collection must be less than 3 days from the travel date.
You must present a negative test result in order to complete your check-in for a flight.
In your case, your positive result would not prevent you from getting your travel authorization once you have recovered. While you anticipate recovery in two weeks, it is a possibility that you might have to change your travel dates as you want to make sure have fully recovered and will obtain a negative PCR test result. This would also allow you to have more visiting time outside of quarantine when you get here.
For the benefit of persons who are not sure how to get the travel authorization for Jamaica, please click here
Jamaica’s Controlled Entry Requirements
Though the borders are open to visitors, Jamaica has a Controlled Entry
system where all travellers are still expected to present a negative Covid-19 test within 3 days of travel and self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival if not fully vaccinated.
On the other hand, individuals who are fully vaccinated, which means persons who have received their two doses of the two-dose vaccine or persons who have received the one shot of the single-dose vaccine are still required to self-quarantine for eight days.
Don’t be disheartened by this though, good news coming!
Since July 1, 2021, individuals who are fully vaccinated have the option of taking an approved PCR test. Once the results are negative, you can be released from the Quarantine Order and get on with enjoying your stay, especially along the Covid-Resilient corridors that the government has established to keep visitors safe but also get the real Jamaican experience despite the containment measures.
Vaccination After Contracting Covid-19 Virus
Another reason you might want to make changes to your travel dates is for vaccination purposes.
According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days
before you get a COVID-19 vaccine. You should also talk to your doctor if you are uncertain of what treatments you had received.
As mentioned before, if you are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated then, be prepared to spend 14 days of your travel time in quarantine.
Thanks again for your question. I trust this information will be helpful to you and other readers. I do wish you a speedy recovery and for you to have an awesome time when you get here!
I also recommend you read The Latest Curfew Hours in Jamaica
- "The Latest Curfew Hours in Jamaica", My-Island-Jamaica, https://www.my-island-jamaica.com/curfew_hours_in_jamaica.html
- "Immigartion", Ministry of Health, https://jamcovid19.moh.gov.jm/immigration.html
- “Travel Authorization” Visit Jamaica, https://travelauth.visitjamaica.com/
- Vaccination After Covid-19, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://search.cdc.gov/search/index.html?query=vaccination%20after%20covid&sitelimit=coronavirus%2F2019-ncov#results
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