(CMR) Jamaicans wishing to repatriate back home will soon be able to contact Cayman Airways directly for flight details it was announced today via the Jamaican consulate office. The consulate office will no longer handle any flight bookings or maintain a travel list.
Travelers must remember that although Jamaica has re-opened its borders there are procedures in place that must be adhered to including obtaining a pre-approved travel authorization. Jamaica has amended its control entry program from June 15-30.
This authorization is required before checking in at the airport and is said to be simple and straightforward and only takes five minutes to complete. The response should be received almost immediately. No one is permitted to travel without proof of this travel approval. The airline in Cayman and the Jamaican authorities once landed will need to see the authorization letter.
The application requires information for the customs/immigration form, information on the intended place of stay or residence and a COVID-19 health questionnaire.
All travelers will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR swab yet upon arrival including both Jamaicans and visitors. The tests will be done at the international airports and the Jamaican government will pay for the tests.
If a test result comes back positive the person will be required to quarantine at a government-approved facility at the traveler's expense. All travelers are encouraged to have health insurance coverage in place.
Results from the swab test are generally available within 24 – 48 hours. During that time, travelers are required to shelter in place at home or at their hotels.
The Cayman Islands border closure is still in effect, persons looking to enter the Cayman Islands are required to register on the Cayman Islands government’s website http://wwwexploregov.ky/travel or contact their Emergency Travel hotline: 345-244-3333.