JAMAICA'S COVID POLICY
UPDATED AUGUST 26, 2020
All residents of the United States of America (USA), Brazil, Dominican Republic or Mexico who are 12 years of age or over, with travel dates of August 20, 2020 or later will be required to obtain a COVID-19 RT-PCR test. The test should be conducted within 10 days of the intended travel date at a medical laboratory that is accredited by the relevant national health authorities. For the United States of America, the medical laboratory should be accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP).
Before travel to Jamaica, take the time to know the risk management initiatives in place that form part of the Controlled Entry Programme and how they will impact your visit. I have not posted the information for residents of Jamaica nor business travellers. A complete list of regulations is at the following link:
Types of Restrictive Measures
There are various measures applicable under the Order issued under the Disaster Risk Management Act, as follows:
Quarantine at home / private residence
Under this measure persons are required to remain at home / private residence for up to 14 days from their date of entry to Jamaica. Persons under quarantine cannot leave their quarantine location to move within the community, except with express permission from the health authorities. Visitors staying for less than 14 days will be allowed to leave the island in accordance with applicable protocols which would include appropriate arrangements for transportation to the airport.
Stay in Resilient Corridor
This measure applies only for tourist visitors who are staying in the “resilient corridor” designated for tourism purposes. Under this measure, tourists may access all available hotel/resort amenities while adhering to applicable protocols. Tourists may also leave the hotel/resort to visit any amusement park, water park, or water attraction that has been certified by the Jamaica Tourist Board to be a COVID-19 resilient licensed attraction located within the corridor, while adhering to applicable protocols. All travel to and from the attraction must be on transportation licensed under the Tourist Board Act.
All persons travelling to Jamaica require a Travel Authorization document. A Travel Authorization is NOT required to book your flight. It is however a requirement for check-in and boarding and the airlines will not allow passengers to board without it. In order to obtain a Travel Authorization document, persons ordinarily resident in Jamaica (nationals as well as non-nationals resident by virtue of marriage, work permit, etc.) should apply at https://jamcovid19.moh.gov.jm/immigration.html and non-residents at https://www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization.
Travel Authorization Application Process
Register at the Travel Authorization portal by first responding to the question if you are a resident of Jamaica.
Enter your email address and request a One Time Password (OTP) which is sent there. You will have ten (10) minutes to use this One Time Password on the page. If you do not receive the OTP within three (3) minutes, please check your email spam folder.
Place the OTP in the form and Verify to start the application process. If the travel date is more that 5 days away you will not be allowed to complete the application and be advised of the date you may return to the portal to complete it. If the travel date is less than 5 days away, you will be allowed to proceed by submitting the traveller information and responding to a few health related questions.
Note: All residents of United States of America (USA), Brazil, Dominican Republic or Mexico who are 12 years of age or over, with travel dates of August 20, 2020 or later will be required to obtain a COVID-19 RT-PCR test. The test should be conducted within 10 days of the intended travel date at a medical laboratory that is accredited by the relevant national health authorities. For the United States of America, the medical laboratory should be accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP).
All applications except those from designated high risk countries of USA, Brazil, Dominican Republic and Mexico that required a PCR test result upload will be assessed immediately, with the outcome given onscreen and also sent to your registered email. The high risk country applications may take up to 48 hours for processing with all status changes sent to your registered email.
If the Travel Authorization is approved, you will receive the notification by email. You may also use the same registered email account and OTP process above to access your profile. Locate the application in the table on the first screen and use the option to download it from the Action column to save or print.
Note: You may also apply for other family members’ Travel Authorization but must indicate that you are applying for "Someone Else" at the appropriate stage in the application process. Please ensure that all the information provided is accurate and true. You will need to present the Travel Authorization in print or on electronic device at airline check-in, and for arrival processing in Jamaica.
The Resilient Corridors
For the protection of locals and visitors alike, the Resilient Corridors were created to encourage safe tourism practices through the strict delivery of service that conform to a rigorous set of COVID-19 protocols and approved by the The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). Within the resilient corridor, the tourism service delivery operators permitted to accept guests have been inspected and are compliant with the required standards of training, protective equipment and processes. All employees and patrons of these facilities are required to observe the established protocols of hand hygiene, social/physical distancing and wearing of masks in public spaces.
The Resilient Corridors comprise two (2) parts:
Part 1: A Northern segment stretching from Negril in Westmoreland across the northern coastline to Port Antonio in Portland.
Part 2: A South Coast segment running from Milk River in Clarendon westward to Negril in Westmoreland
Part 1 Description:
This part of the area spans approximately 294 Km and runs from the Western most point of the island starting on the road in front the Negril Light House at West End Road, running along the main coastal road in a Northerly direction to the Negril-Round-About.
From the Negril Round About along Norman Manley Boulevard which includes both seaward side and landward side and continues north towards the North Negril River Bridge/North Negril River Crossing.
From the North Negril River Crossing running East along the main road (A1/North Coast Highway) through Lucea, to Montego Bay to Alice Eldemire Drive North to the intersection of Alice Eldemire Drive and Howard Cook Boulevard then East along Howard Cook Boulevard to the intersection with The Queens Drive on to the A1 Road ( North coast Highway).
The boundary only takes into consideration the main road to the sea shore.
From the roundabout at the Sangster International Airport running East along the North coast highway through Falmouth Discovery Bay, Priory, St. Ann’s Bay, Mammee Bay, Ocho Rios, continuing on the North coast highway (A1 Road) to White River Bay, through Tower Isle continuing along the North Coast Highway through Boscobel through Oracabessa continuing east on the North Coast Highway through Galina continuing on the North Coast highway to Port Maria continue on the North Coast Highway to Trinity, Whitehall to Annotto Bay, Buff Bay, Orange Bay, Hope Bay, St Margaret’s Bay, Port Antonio to the entrance to Boston beach.
Part 2 Description:
The boundary starts at Farquhar’s Beach going North along Milk River main road passing Milk River Hotel and Spa to the intersection at the Osbourne Store Main in Clarendon Park. Traveling west along the Clarendon Park Main Road then on the Toll Gate Main Road then onto Scotts Pass Main Road. Continue west along the Porus Main Road (A2) then on to the Winston Jones Highway. Traveling in a westerly direction, continue along the highway to the Spur Tree Main Road. Continue along through Goshen and Pepper districts travelling to the Santa Cruz Main Road. The boundary continues through the town of Santa Cruz then Lacovia and Holland Bamboo and then to Middle Quarters. Continue along the Middle Quarters Main Road (A2) to Luana. Travel along the Brompton Main Road through to the intersection of the Black River Main Road then on to the Crawford Main Road. Travel along to Font Hill Main Road then continue along to the border to St. Elizabeth and Westmoreland. Travel in a westerly direction to the White House Main Road through Bluefields, Caves, Ferris Cross, Paradise continue along the Smithfield Main Road to Savanna-La-Mar at the intersection of Barracks Main Road. Continue along Barracks Main Road to the intersection of Beckford Street. Travel southerly along Beckford Street to the intersection at Lewis Street. Continue west on Lewis Street to Darling Street. Travel north along Darling Street to the Llandilo Main Road (A2). Continue along to Little London through New Hope, Sheffield to Nonpareil Main Road. Continue to the roundabout at the intersection with Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril and intersects with the area described in Part I.
The boundary only takes into consideration the main road to the sea shore.