Does Jamaica Allow Vaccinated Tourists?
by Deon Clarke | Associate Writer
So, you are fully vaccinated and you want to visit the beautiful, sunshine-filled island of Jamaica with its rich culture and warm and friendly natives. Let’s talk.
COVID-19 is still very much a real threat, but we have seen that with continued public health measures, vaccinations and testing, the possibility of international travel has increased and is being accommodated in most cases. As such, you will need to ensure that you plan your travel carefully to mitigate the associated risks.
There is a significant number of cases of COVID-19 that have been confirmed in Jamaica and especially over the past two weeks now that the Delta variant of the virus is here on the island.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has placed Jamaica on its Level 3 COVID-19 tier listing. This means that there is a high risk
of contracting the virus judging by the number of cases found. Due to the current Covid-19 situation in Jamaica, all travellers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19.
Therefore, travellers are required to follow the recommendations or requirements in Jamaica, which includes the wearing of a mask and practising physical distancing by staying 6 feet apart from others.
The Tourism Ministry does recognize that despite the widespread reach of the virus, the fact is that people still want to travel to Jamaica. The Ministry has committed to providing visitors with an amazing and authentic Jamaican experience by attempting to provide a Covid-secure environment with the establishment of the “Covid-19 Resilient Corridor”.
Within this corridor, visitors to the island will be able to stay at approved accommodations and visit approved attractions with approved transportation personnel.
Controlled Entry and Travel Ban
The Government of Jamaica has implemented a Controlled Entry Programme to manage and curtail the travelling risks associated with the dreaded Covid-19 virus. All visitors to the island would be placed in different categories and assignments so that they can be monitored during their stay on the island.
Although Jamaica accepts visitors from most countries if you are planning to visit from certain countries, you would have to wait until the current travel ban is lifted. Jamaica has imposed a travel ban on visitors from the countries listed below, whether you are vaccinated or not.
- Trinidad and Tobago
Say you are not from one of the countries listed above. Let’s talk about vaccinations.
Vaccinations and Visitors to Jamaica
Just like the words coronavirus or Covid-19, vaccination is another of the most used words especially over the past few months as countries ramp up their vaccination efforts in an attempt to restore some semblance of normality.
Only just about 5% of the Jamaican population were vaccinated up to a few weeks ago. Since then, the Government has been on a massive vaccination drive to have more of the population inoculated with the main focus being children 12 years and older, who are expected to resume face-to-face classes in October. But, what about visitors to the island?
As long as you are not visiting from one of the restricted countries, you are free to come to Jamaica! Vaccinated or not, you can still visit. However, based on your level of vaccination, you will encounter some restrictions to your ability to move around freely as well as the timeframe in which you'll be able to do so. I will list the requirements for you.
- All visitors to the island are expected to present a negative Covid-19 test within 3 days of travel as well as self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival if you are not fully vaccinated.
- Fully vaccinated persons, (those persons who have received the two shots of the two-dose vaccine or persons who have received one dose of the single-dose vaccine will be required to quarantine for eight (8) days.
- Fully vaccinated persons have the option of taking an approved PCR test and can be released from the Quarantine Order provided that the results are found to be negative.
I’m sure by now that you have found the answer to this question. It’s a resounding yes! Jamaica does allow vaccinated tourists into the island once they are not from any of the restricted countries. As a visitor, you are also reminded that you must remain within the Covid-19 resilient corridor. So get your vaccines and book your trip. We look forward to having you here for an amazing experience!
I also recommend you read Staying At Multiple Resorts in Jamaica - Is it Allowed?
- “COVID-19 in Jamaica”, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-3/coronavirus-jamaica
- “Resilient Corridor Established for Tourists”, Jamaica Information Service, https://jis.gov.jm/covid-19-resilient-corridor-established-for-tourists/
- "Staying at Multiple Resorts in Jamaica During Covid – Is it allowed?", My-Island-Jamaica, https://www.my-island-jamaica.com/staying-at-multiple-resorts-in-jamaica-during-covid-is-it-allowed.html
- “Travel Authorization”, Visit Jamaica, https://www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization/
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