Jamaica is known for its world renowned all-inclusive resorts, white sand beaches and laid back culture. North Americans flock to the island every winter to escape the cold and enjoy the tropical warm weather.
Jamaica’s tourism was devastated by the pandemic but has began its recovery by opening for international tourists.
Here are all the latest COVID-19 entry requirements and everything travelers need to know before booking their trip.
Countries Permitted To Visit Jamaica
Travelers from all countries are permitted to visit Jamaica under regular visa requirements.
Travel Authorization To Visit Jamaica
All travelers must get travel authorization that will be required to check in for your flight to Jamaica.
COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements
Travelers coming from the following high risk countries will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate no older then 10 days from the time the test was taken to arriving in Jamaica.
High Risk Countries:
- United States
- Dominican Republic
Types of Tests Permitted:
When Jamaica first reopened they were only accepting PCR type tests, but have now widened the types of tests they will accept, making it easier for travelers from high-risk countries. Travelers can use one of the following tests:
- A Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (RT-PCR)
- A Nucleic Acid Amplification test (NAA)
- An RNA or molecular test
- An Antigen test
Testing Update 2021
Between March 4th and March 10th, visitors from ALL countries will need to provide a negative PCR or Antigen test, taken no more than 10 days prior to arrival.
After March 11th, visitors from ALL countries will need to provide a negative PCR or Antigen test, taken no more than 3 days prior to arrival. The Jamaican tourism board has launched a Test Date Calculator to make it easier for travelers to understand the 3-day timeframe.
Quarantine Rules For Jamaica
All travelers who are NOT STAYING in the tourism corridor will have to self-quarantine for 14 days and will be monitored
Travelers staying in the tourism corridor below will NOT have to self-quarantine.
- 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
COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements
All incoming travelers should have travel insurance the covers COVID-19 for the duration of their trip to Jamaica.
COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Jamaica
All visitors must follow COVID-19 health requirements while in Jamaica:
- Wearing a mask when instructed
- Follow social distancing markers and instructions
COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements for Jamaica
Jamaica has not announced any mandates on a proof of vaccine record needed for entry, nor have they made any exceptions for vaccinated travelers to bypass testing.
Visa Entry Requirements For Jamaica During COVID-19
All travelers arriving in Jamaica will need to follow regular visa requirements.
Use this government tool to find out if you need a visa before traveling to Jamaica.
Travelers that require a visa must apply at the Jamaican embassy/consulate in their home country.
Jamaica Covid-19 Entry Requirements:
- Complete online travel authorization.
- Check if you need a visa for entry to Jamaica.
- After March 11, 2021 all countries require a 3-day negative COVID-19 test.
- Present travel authorization in order to check-in for your flight
- Follow quarantine requirements (if required)
- Follow all health protocols while in Jamaica
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Disclaimer: Current Jamaica travel rules are changing without notice and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling. Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories
Article originally published August 26, 2020 with updates