Jamaica plans to drop quarantine requirement for vaccinated travellers

Published on : Thursday, November 18, 2021

Jamaica is planning to drop quarantine requirements for vaccinated travellers staying outside the ‘resilient corridor’. Jamaica is broadening the areas fully-vaccinated travellers can visit without quarantine.

Jamaica, the island country is dropping its quarantine requirement for fully-vaccinated travellers staying outside the country’s “resilient corridor” who meet specific pre-arrival testing requirements. 

The changes do not affect visitors staying in Jamaica’s “resilient corridor” areas, which follow “a rigorous set of COVID-19 protocols” according to the Jamaica Tourist Board. The corridor was developed for tourism and segments along the northern and southern coasts.

Under the current entry rules, travellers to the island face up to 14 days of quarantine if they are staying outside the resilient corridor, according to the U.S. embassy in Jamaica. Vaccinated travellers in these areas are asked to quarantine eight days, but can leave the isolation period early with a negative post-arrival PCR test, according to a tweet from Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

The country asks all travellers 12 and older to show proof of a negative molecular or antigen coronavirus test within the three days before travel. Starting Thursday, fully vaccinated travellers staying outside the designated corridor who take a PCR test before arrival will be able to skip quarantine. The resilient corridor already allows fully vaccinated travellers who test negative for the coronavirus to enter without quarantine.

Unvaccinated travellers staying outside the resilient corridor will still need to quarantine 14 days, according to the Jamaica Tourist Board.

Jamaica also asks travellers to provide a travel authorization form before boarding, according to the Jamaica Tourist Board. The form asks travellers to fill in information such as the name and address of where they plan to stay and whether they have possibly been exposed to COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Jamaica has a “high level” of COVID-19. The agency advises travellers to make sure they are fully vaccinated before entering the country. 

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