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IMPORTANT: For residents of USA, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Panama

  • All residents of the United States of America (USA), Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico or Panama who are 12 years of age or over, are required to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test result to check in for a flight.
  • Tests must be done by a medical laboratory that has a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) registration or ISO 15189 certification.
  • The date of the sample collection must be less than 10 days from the travel date to Jamaica. Example: For a travel date of October 20, the earliest the test sample may be collected is October 11. Use the Test Date Calculator.
  • Samples collected using home test kits (ex. Pixel by LabCorp), along with antibody tests will not be accepted.
  • See the full COVID-19 test requirements here.

The items listed above apply only to residents of USA, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Panama

This page provides information and utilities to non-residents for the purpose of travel to Jamaica over the period November 17, 2020 to April 15, 2021

Ready to start your Jamaica travel journey? Get Your Travel Authorization here >>>

 

Before travel to Jamaica, take the time to know the risk management initiatives and applicable quarantine orders that form part of the Controlled Entry Programme and how they will impact your visit.

COVID-19 Test Requirements
 

NOTE: The information on this page applies only to residents of the United States of America (USA), Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico or Panama.

All residents of USA, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico or Panama who are 12 years of age or over, are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test result before travel to Jamaica. The test must be authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) or meet the standards of the World Health Organization (WHO), and must be performed by a College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) registered or ISO 15189 certified laboratory. The date of the sample collection must be less than 10 days before the date of travel. The negative test result must be presented to the airline representative in order to complete the check in for a flight.


Accepted Test Types
  • A Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (RT-PCR)
  • A Nucleic Acid Amplification test (NAA)
  • An RNA or molecular test
  • An Antigen test


​Note:

  • Only results from oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal samples will be accepted for PCR tests
  • Only results from nasopharyngeal samples will be accepted for Antigen tests
  • Antibody tests will NOT be accepted
  • Results from home-based test kits will NOT be accepted

Test Validity Period
  • The date of the sample collection must be less than 10 days from the date of travel to Jamaica
  • Example: For a travel date of October 20, the earliest the test sample may be collected is October 11.
  • To determine your earliest test date, use the Test Date Calculator.

Laboratory Requirements

The test must be conducted by a medical laboratory with either of the following credentials:

  • Accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP)
  • Registered by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)
  • ISO 15189 certification

Test Result Sheet Requirements

Ideally, the test result sheet should display the following information:

  • Name of individual tested (must be same on application and lab test result)
  • Date of birth of individual tested (must be same on application and lab test result)
  • Name of testing laboratory
  • Indication of laboratory credentials (CLIA, ISO 15189)
  • Date of sample collection
  • Type of test
  • Type of sample
  • Test result

Traveller Categories

All persons arriving in Jamaica at this time are subject to a quarantine order according to the assigned traveller category.

The risk-based testing and quarantine protocols differ among the following four categories of passengers:

  1. Residents – Jamaican nationals and non-nationals ordinarily resident in Jamaica by virtue of work permit, marriage, being a dependent of a national, etc.
  2. Non-residents visiting Jamaica for tourism purposes staying within the “resilient corridor”
  3. Non-residents visiting Jamaica for business purposes
  4. Non-residents visiting Jamaica for other purposes including tourists not staying within the “resilient corridor”

 

Pre-testing requirement for visitors from high risk locations

All persons visiting Jamaica aged 12 and over who are residents of locations designated as high-risk by the Jamaican health authorities will be required to obtain a COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) or by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) within 10 days prior to their intended date of travel to Jamaica. Test results are required to be presented at the airport in addition to their travel authorization in order to check in for / board their flight to Jamaica. See COVID-19 test requirements for details.

The travel authorization for each traveller will indicate whether the traveller is required to present a test certificate at check in or not.

The locations designated as high-risk for this purpose by the Jamaican health authorities are the United States of America (all States), Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Panama.

Please note that this list of high-risk locations is subject to ongoing reassessment and could therefore change. The pre-testing requirement will not apply to visitors who are not residents of these high-risk locations.

 

Category 1: Residents – Jamaican nationals and non-nationals ordinarily resident in Jamaica

Jamaican nationals and non-nationals ordinarily resident in Jamaica may be subject to testing if assessed as high-risk as a result of exhibiting symptoms, exposure to persons who have tested positive, belonging to a high-risk group or other risk factors.  High-risk groups include cruise ship workers, involuntarily returned migrants and health care workers. For persons required to be tested for COVID-19, the test will be a RT-PCR or Antigen test and a sample will be taken by oropharyngeal and/or nasopharyngeal swabbing.  

Whether or not persons are required to be tested, they will be under a Home Quarantine order for 14 days from their date of entry to Jamaica. If persons are required to be tested and their test is negative, they will still be required to complete their quarantine at home for 14 days from their date of entry to Jamaica. If the test is positive, they will be isolated either at home or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities.

Persons assessed by the health authorities as presenting a very low risk of spread may be required to stay at home for 14 days from their date of entry to Jamaica. These persons would be allowed to leave their home only once per day, to go to the closest practicable location for the purpose of obtaining food, medical supplies or medical services, conducting financial transactions, overseeing their place of business, attending a place of worship, and physical exercise. They would also be required to work from home.

 


Category 2: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for tourism purposes and staying at approved “resilient corridor” accommodation

The pre-testing requirement described above is applicable to persons in this category if they are residents of locations designated as high risk by the Jamaican health authorities. The current list of high risk locations include the countries of Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico and United States of America (USA). Note that based on health screening and risk assessment on arrival, persons may still be required to be tested at the airport or designated facility, if, for example, they are exhibiting symptoms or belong to a high risk group despite presenting a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. In this case, they would await their test result in their hotel room.

If the test is negative, they would leave the confines of their hotel room and continue their stay in Jamaica under the “Stay in Resilient Corridor” control measure.

If the result of the test is positive, they would be isolated either at the hotel/resort or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities.

Persons not required to be tested on arrival will be allowed to go to their hotel/resort under the “Stay in Resilient Corridor” control measure.

See here for lists of resilient corridor approved accommodation.

Category 2: Stay In Resilient Corridor quarantine order sampleFAQ

 

 

Category 3: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for business purposes for less than 14 days

The pre-testing requirement described above is applicable to persons in this category if they are residents of locations designated as high risk by the Jamaican health authorities. The current list of high risk locations include the countries of Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama and United States of America (USA).

Business travellers are non-residents travelling to conduct business on behalf of a company or organization. This traveller category does NOT include other non-residents or residents travelling to attend funerals, weddings, other family gatherings or conduct personal interest activities.

Business travellers will also be tested on arrival at the airport in Jamaica. The test will be a COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test and a sample will be taken by oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal swabbing. They will await their test results under a “Quarantine for Business Traveller” measure at their hotel/intended address.

If the test is negative, they would be released from quarantine and be under a “Stay at Intended Address for Business Travellers” measure for the duration of their stay.

If the test is positive, they would be isolated either at their hotel/intended address or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities.

Category 3: Quarantine Order for Business Traveller sampleFAQ

 



 

Category 4: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for other purposes including tourists not staying within the “resilient corridor”

The pre-testing requirement described above is applicable to persons in this category if they are residents of locations designated as high risk by the Jamaican health authorities. Persons who are not required to pre-test may be required to be tested at the airport or other designated facility, if assessed by the health authorities as high-risk based on health screening and risk assessment on arrival. For persons required to be tested for COVID-19, the test will be a PCR test and a sample will be taken by oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal swabbing. They will then await their test results under quarantine at their hotel/intended address.

Whether or not persons are required to be tested, they will be required to remain in quarantine at home for 14 days from their date of entry to Jamaica. If persons are required to be tested and their test is negative, they will be required to remain in quarantine at home for 14 days from their date of entry to Jamaica. If the test is positive, they will be isolated either at home or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities.

Category 4: Home Quarantine Order sampleFAQ

 

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.

 

North Corridor

 


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.

South Corridor

 

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, persons are required to remain at their hotel/resort within the corridor for the duration of their stay. They may, however, leave the hotel/resort to visit any tourist attraction, that is certified by the Jamaica Tourist Board to be a COVID-19 Resilient licensed tourist attraction located within the resilient corridor. The list of such attractions is available on the visitjamaica.com website. All travel to and from the attraction must be on transportation licensed under the Tourist Board Act.

Quarantine for Business Traveller

Under this measure, business travellers who are required to remain at their intended address, whether a hotel or private home, until they receive a negative Covid-19 test result. They are then able to conduct their business under the provisions of the Stay at Intended address for business travellers described below.

Stay at Intended Address for Business Travellers

Under this measure, business travellers are required to remain at their intended address, whether a hotel or private home and allowed to leave only once per day to obtain food and medical supplies and to conduct their business meetings and financial transactions following which they must return immediately. They are required to observe all the infection prevention protocols applicable in Jamaica such as wearing a mask in public places and complying with the physical distancing rule. They are NOT allowed to attend any meeting, event or gathering of more than 15 persons, meet with persons aged 65 and over, or take any form of transportation with any other passenger other than a person with whom they travelled to Jamaica.

Quarantine vs isolation

Quarantine is intended to restrict movement and may be at home, hotel/resort or a government facility as determined by the health authorities. Persons under quarantine cannot leave their quarantine location, except with express permission from the health authorities. Isolation is intended to separate persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are suspected to be positive from other persons. This may be at home, hotel/resort or a government facility as determined by the health authorities.

Monitoring during Quarantine or Isolation

Persons who are quarantined or placed in isolation at their home, hotel or intended address will be monitored electronically and by the health authorities to ensure that they do not leave their designated quarantine or isolation location.

Note that persons permitted to enter Jamaica will be permitted to leave Jamaica while in quarantine or isolation in accordance with applicable protocols which would include appropriate arrangements for transportation. An “unfit to fly” notice will be issued to the airlines for persons with positive tests. Persons will be allowed to leave Jamaica using medical evacuation or private flights.

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