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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 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. 

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 

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
  • Brazil 
  • Mexico
  • Panama

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.  

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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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


Thursday 18th of March 2021

can I use rapid test or does it have to be a Lab test

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 18th of March 2021

Antigen and/or PCR are accepted


Monday 15th of March 2021

hello, I plan on traveling to Jamaica this weekend. I already had COVID back in the beginning of February but I am cleared to travel again because I am no longer contagious. I read on the website that I would have to present a "documentation recovery form" is this true? I am kind of worried because although I am no longer contagious and cant spread the virus, the CDC says its best to wait three months to get tested again. What do you think?

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 15th of March 2021

The visitJamaica site is the official government tourism site, so please follow all instructions they provide on recovery exemptions

Michael Vazquez

Saturday 6th of March 2021

Hello, I am going to Jamaica Negril Sandals in April. With new restrictions of having a negative test within 3 days of travel, how do we know if we will get results prior to leaving to Jamaica? Can we do the Antigen rapid test? Or do we need to wait the 24-72 hours for our results? Are rapid tests acceptable for travel?


Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 6th of March 2021

This post answers your questions in detail. It gives you all types of tests accepted.


Saturday 23rd of January 2021

i am going to jamaica for 8 days to attend a wedding on 4/3/2021. i plan to do all the cov19 proticals for traveling to jamaica . i will be staying with relitives ,. will i still have to do the quarantine'

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

I believe anyone staying outside the tourism corridor must quarantine