(CMR) Jamaica fully re-opens on June 15 and has implemented some news protocols as part of its control entry program including the requirement for everyone to obtain a travel authorization document. The country is largely re-opening including theme parks and zoos.
The Prime Minister covered the details of the risk-based protocols for control re-entry in a recent press conference.
These new measures will cover the next two week period from June 15-30 and include health screening and risk assessment at port of entry. Travelers will be assessed based on a number of factors including the country they are traveling from. Cayman remains a low-risk “bubble country” as does much of the Caribbean.
Non-Jamaicans arriving in the country during this period who are not tourists or traveling for business will be tested for COVID-19, Jamaica House said. Those who test negative will be quarantined at their intended address or a government facility for 14 days.
All non-nationals visiting jamaica for business purposes for less than 14 days will be required to be tested at the airport and await their test result at their hotel or intended results. Results are expected to take 72 hours.
All travelers including Jamaicans and non-nationals are required to receive travel pre-authorization from the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Thus far 8,418 persons have been approved to travel back to Jamaica. However, 1,355 applicants are pending and must submit the home quarantine assessment questionnaire.
Travel authorization must be obtained at least 72 hours before travel and is said to take about 10 minutes to receive a response. This requirement applies to everyone regardless of the country they are traveling from. Approval is valid for 7 days once obtained.
If you do not get approval before travel the government has stated you will not be able to board your flight. If an application is denied a person may re-apply again in 14 days.
Accommodations located on the beachside from Negril to Portland are allowed to have guests provided they have obtained a COVID-19 Readiness Certificate.
As of June 13, Jamaica had 615 COVID-19 cases with 30 persons hospitalized and 10 deaths.