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Jamaica, a nation that has been used all through 2020 because the very instance of a profitable tourism business restart has all of the sudden imposed stricter guidelines for entry, beginning March 4, 2021.
Previous to the brand new adjustments, solely 5 international locations worldwide wanted to supply a check to enter Jamaica, however now all guests coming from any nation will want proof of a damaging Covid-19 check to enter. The brand new testing guidelines for entry into Jamaica are being launched in a phased methodology to permit vacationers who’ve already booked sufficient time to satisfy the brand new necessities.
Jamaica Now Requires Covid Testing For All Nations
Between March 4th and March 10th, guests from ALL international locations might want to present a damaging PCR or Antigen check, taken not more than 10 days previous to arrival.
After March 11th, guests from ALL international locations might want to present a damaging PCR or Antigen check, taken not more than 3 days previous to arrival. The Jamaican tourism board has launched a Take a look at Date Calculator to make it simpler for vacationers to know the 3-day timeframe.
One other change is being launched for enterprise vacationers who is probably not staying within the tourism hall for enterprise functions, efficient March 4, 2021. Enterprise vacationers is not going to solely be topic to supply the damaging PCR/antigen check to board the flight into Jamaica however may even be required to carry out a PCR check upon arrival at their very own expense.
Passengers youthful than 12 years of age are exempt from all testing necessities.
Jamaica Had Been Main Protected Tourism
Jamaica was one of many very first Caribbean international locations to reopen for tourism in June 2020. Main the way in which with their ‘tourism hall’ areas that function a bubble between guests and locals, they’d been accepting over 100+ international locations to go to with out testing. Solely 5 increased threat nations (outlined because the USA, Panama, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Brazil) required to deliver proof of a damaging check, taken inside 10 days of arrival.
The prolonged 10-day time interval to get a check was closely favored with guests from the USA, which can be Jamaica’s largest tourism market, attractive vacationers to decide on Jamaica over different Caribbean islands that had shorter time allowances or extra strict testing insurance policies.
Jamaica loved over 8 months of profitable tourism, with out giant case outbreaks as a result of incoming guests. Nevertheless, beginning in February, case numbers have been steadily growing to an all-time excessive. The spike is assumed partly to be from touring Jamaicans returning residence, who earlier than the brand new guidelines, didn’t have to supply checks and solely needed to endure a 14-day residence quarantine.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness stated in a press convention;
“We had nice religion that our Jamaicans coming residence would have this very excessive sense of patriotism and perceive the strain that our system could be below, in the event that they have been to behave in deviant methods from what we suggest as socially accountable within the pandemic. It has not all the time been the case that our travelling Jamaicans do that – actually within the upkeep of the quarantine and it’s having an affect on the numbers,”
“given the place we’re the place, it’s now a risk to lives…with this new spike…. we predict it’s now justified in these circumstances to require Jamaicans coming residence to current a damaging COVID-19 check.”
The brand new guidelines will now require that each Jamaican residents and overseas arrivals present proof of a damaging covid check earlier than they will board their inbound flight. All passengers are nonetheless required to fill out the net Journey Authorization Kind earlier than departing into Jamaica.
A ban on flights from the UK as a result of variant considerations has additionally been prolonged till no less than March 22, 2021.
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