Jamaica is officially reopening its borders to ALL international tourists on June 15th. The honorable Edmund Bartlett, head of the Ministry of Tourism, announced on his Facebook Page:
“The Government of Jamaica will open its borders for the repatriation of nationals as of 1 June 2020. On 15 June 2020 the borders will be open for all international travelers.”
The country has been closed off to both sea and air arrivals since March 21st 2020, with very strict isolation, curfew and local restrictions happening inside the country since that time.
Tourism accounts for up to 34% of Jamaica’s GDP, making the reopening of the country to tourists a crucial step in securing economic well-being for its residents.
What Countries Can Visit Jamaica in June?
Unlike some countries opening throughout the world, Jamaica is not restricting incoming travellers from any particular countries. Starting June 15th, Jamaica will be accepting tourists coming from any origin.
Bartlett presented a 100 page document full of protocols to facilitate the reopening of the tourism industry. The document covers accommodation, attractions, water sports, craft shops, shopping, cruise ports, airports, contract carriage, restaurants and bars, and outlines the protocols to protect both workers and tourists.
“We would have, perhaps, the most rigorous set of protocols that could be available anywhere in the world to protect, not just the workers… but the whole country, as we [look to reopen]” said Bartlett.
Resorts are excited to be back to business and are getting ready to reopen in just a few weeks, with new health and safety protocols of course. Adam Bartlett, the chairman of Sandals resorts, made many tweets about their plans to welcome back tourists to their Jamaican hotels in June.
As we rise today on this new day, my team and I congratulate #Jamaica on the reopening of our boarders on #June 15th 2020 to all International travelers. #Jamaica 🇯🇲 now joins #Antigua 🇦🇬 as the second island state 🌴 who have announced their boarders reopening June 4th 2020. pic.twitter.com/Kz4GX5DyTE— Adam Stewart (@AdamStewart) June 1, 2020
He also commented on the new protocols put forth by the Ministry of Tourism and applauded their thorough job:
Jamaica’s health a safety protocols is over 100 pages, a chapter for each sector. From transportation, restaurants, villa operators, tour providers and of course all sizes of hotels & resorts, it’s a world class document that will guide safety for all in the hospitality sector.— Adam Stewart (@AdamStewart) June 1, 2020
New Updates: June 13th
Travel Authorization Needed To Visit Jamaica
Beginning June 15, all arriving passengers to Jamaica will be required to have a Travel Authorization prior to check-in for a flight to Jamaica. (You do not need one to book a flight, but you will need it prior to check-in for your flight.)
It is a digital form that you will apply for on their national tourism board site VisitJamaica.com
All tourists entering Jamaica will need to have an approval from the above application to be granted entry.
(FAQ for the Travel Authorization)
Testing On Arrival in Jamaica
The Ministry of Health and Wellness made this update to the entry requirements to Jamaica:
” All persons entering Jamaica will undergo a test for COVID-19. Testing applies to Nationals as well as to visitors.”
Update July 4th:
For July 10, 2020 and later arrivals, all travelers from New York, Florida, Arizona and Texas in the USA will be required to upload a negative Covid-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result. The date of the test must be within 10 days of the arrival date in order to obtain a Travel Authorization.
What Flights Will Be Going To Jamaica Starting in June?
From USA and Canada
Many airlines are already showing June flights coming from the USA and Canada, directly into Jamaica to popular airports like Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.
Airlines with flights scheduled in June are: American Airlines, JetBlue, Delta, Spirit Airlines, WestJet, Sunwing, Air Transat, and Air Canada
British Airlines is showing fights into Kingston and Montego Bay starting in July.
Will All Hotels Be Open in Jamaica on June 15th?
Every hotel chain and independent property will have its own reopening schedule, but many will be eager to get the doors open. Before any of the hotels can reopen to tourists, they will have to comply with all health regulations put forth by the Jamaican government.
Here are some popular hotels with their projected opening date:
- Sunset at the Palms Negril – July 1st
- The Caves Hotel, Negril – July 1st
- Sandals, Montego Bay – Mid to late June
- Hilton Rose Hall, Montego Bay – July 1st
- Iberostar Grand Rose Hall, Montego Bay – Mid to late June
- Moon Palace, Ocho Rios– June 1st
Since the government just made the June 15th tourism re-opening announcement, expect hotels to start announcing their own re-openings daily. Contact your favorite hotel directly to ask about their reopening date.
Disclaimer: Jamaica’s reopening news is ever-changing 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 before traveling.