(CMR) Visitors to Jamaica will no longer have to present a negative COVID-19 test taken at least three days before their visit when current regulations come to an end on April 15.
The mandate for persons to wear masks in enclosed public places will also expire.
While the protocol will no longer be mandatory, the Ministry of Health and Wellness says mask-wearing is still being encouraged.
All other measures under the Public Health Enforcement Measures Orders remain in effect. People who test positive for COVID are required to isolate until they have recovered, and sanitization is required for public spaces, including schools, businesses, and places of worship.
Some persons have since said the move to remove some COVID-19 measures could be detrimental for Jamaica as just under 25 percent of the population is vaccinated.
Dr. Morais Guy, the opposition spokesperson on health, said, “several countries are still facing an Omicron wave, and removing the pre-test requirement for entry into Jamaica is ill-advised and reckless.”