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Jamaica: COVID-19 Entry Requirements For Travelers

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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 in 2021 and everything travelers need to know before booking their trip.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Countries Permitted To Visit Jamaica

Travelers from all countries are permitted to visit Jamaica under regular visa requirements. 

May 2021 Update: Currently flights/passengers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, India and Trinidad & Tobago are suspended until at least June 3, 2021.

Travel Authorization To Visit Jamaica

All travelers must get travel authorization that will be required to check in for your flight to Jamaica. 

Gift and craft shops on Bourbon beach in Negral, Jamaica
Gift and craft shops on Bourbon beach in Negral, Jamaica

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements 

After March 11, 2021, 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.

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

Children under 12 are exempt from testing

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.  

White sand beach in Jamaica
Seven Mile Beach, Negril Jamaica

Jamaica Covid-19 Entry Requirements:

  1. Complete online travel authorization.
  2. Check if you need a visa for entry to Jamaica.
  3. After March 11, 2021 all countries require a 3-day negative COVID-19 test.
  4. Present travel authorization in order to check-in for your flight
  5. Follow quarantine requirements (if required)
  6. Follow all health protocols while in Jamaica

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Sources: VisitJamaica

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

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Wednesday 9th of June 2021

Hey can I get a rapid test at Walgreens an will that be excepted?

Rodney Caldwell

Monday 17th of May 2021

Does the resort on the northern coast Negril have to be certified an what's the cost, an if the resort is across the street from the beach in Negril are they allowed to book guest? Personal resident inside resort.


Wednesday 5th of May 2021

Does kids require to have the tests on arrival?

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 5th of May 2021

Children under 12 are exempt from testing

Dean A Teeter

Monday 26th of April 2021

Its BS I have the vaccine (2) shots . I need to take a test !!!! Whose in charge of Jamaica China ?


Monday 29th of March 2021

We are going to Grand Lido Negril on May 6th. Already had vaccine. Do we still need the test 3 day prior?

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 1st of April 2021

Yes, Jamaica is not making any entry requirement exceptions for vaccinated passengers at this time