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    MEDIUM MEDICAL RISK for Jamaica
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for Jamaica
    HIGH TRAVEL RISK for West Kingston, Spanish Town


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Medium -

Inbound travel is possible, but with notable inconvenience; restrictions affect a wide range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a wide range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundEntry rules:

A) Inbound travel for foreign nationals (including Canada, US, and EU/EEA/Schengen nationals):
Borders have reopened for foreign travellers, with limitations.

B) Inbound travel for COVID-19 variant areas:
Until 30 June, a person who is not a citizen of Jamaica, and has been in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, India or Trinidad & Tobago within 14 days of their intended date of entry, will not be approved for travel.
(Ends 30 June 2021)
Quarantine Requirements:
Quarantine measures are in place for all travellers. Nationals and residents are subject to testing upon arrival. They must quarantine for 14 days and are eligible for quarantine at home or in a private residence. If they were tested upon arrival and the test is positive, they may be required to conduct their quarantine in a government facility. Travellers in quarantine will be monitored electronically.

Non-residents visiting and staying in a 'resilient corridor' designed for tourism purposes are required to stay within their corridor for the duration of their stay. They may visit a tourist attraction certified by the Jamaica Tourist Board as a COVID-19 Resilient licensed tourist attraction location within the resilient corridor.

Non-resident business travellers are required to test upon arrival at the cost of the traveller. Travellers must stay in their intended address until they receive a negative COVID-19 test. Once they receive negative test results, they are allowed to leave their intended address once a day to obtain food and medical supplies and to conduct their business affairs. Once they've completed these actions, they must return to their intended address immediately. They may not gather with more than 15 people, meet with people over 65 years of age or take any form of transportation with other traveller other than the person or people with whom they travelled to Jamaica.

Non-residents visiting Jamaica for non-tourist purposes and not staying within the 'resilient corridor' may be subject to testing upon arrival and are required to quarantine at home for 14 days. If they were tested upon arrival and the test is positive, they may be required to conduct their quarantine in a government facility.

More specific information on quarantines can be found here: https://www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization/traveller-categories/ and here: https://www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization/restrictive-measures/#Zone
(Until further notice)
Testing Requirements:

All travellers 12 years old and older are required to present a negative COVID-19 molecular (PCR, NAA, RNA) or antigen test result before checking in for a flight to Jamaica. The results must be obtained within 72 hours of travel.
(Until further notice)
Other Requirements:

Travellers seeking to enter Jamaica must complete an online form seven days before arrival. This can be found at: https://travelauth.visitjamaica.com/

All travellers are subject to health screenings upon arrival.

The police have issued an advisory for persons who will need to travel to airports during curfew hours. They are advised to travel with the itinerary of the person travelling as well as their government-issued identification card.

(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticAn island-wide curfew is in force from 21.00 to 05.00 on Mondays to Fridays, from 20.00 to 05.00 on Saturdays and from 14.00 to 05.00 on Sundays.
(Ends 1 July 2021)
Travellers staying in the 'Resilient Corridor' must stay within their corridor for the duration of their trip. They may visit a tourist attraction certified by the Jamaica Tourist Board to be a COVID-19 Resilient licensed tourist attraction location within the resilient corridor.

Non-resident business travellers under the 'Stay at Intended Address for Business Travellers' are allowed to leave their intended address once a day to obtain food and medical supplies and to conduct their business affairs. Once they've completed these actions, they must return to their intended address immediately. They may not gather with more than 15 people, meet with people over 65 years of age or take any form of transportation with other traveller other than the person(s) with whom they travelled to Jamaica.
(Until further notice)
Facial masks and social distancing are required in public. Public transportation is allowed to operate from 05.00 to 19.00.
(Until further notice)
Violators of curfew, quarantine or other COVID-19 related restrictions may be subject to fines, arrest or deportation.
(Until further notice)

19 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Jamaica

COVID-19 information for Jamaica

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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Murder, rape, robbery and gang violence are significant problems throughout the island. Most victims are locals, but foreigners can be targeted because of their perceived wealth. Clashes between rival gangs pose an incidental risk, though most gang-related violence takes place in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, where crime tends to be higher and which travellers have little reason to visit. Violent crime is common in Kingston – particularly in the West Kingston area – and Spanish Town, where armed gangs are active and drug trafficking is widespread.

Neighbourhoods to avoid include Trench Town and Jones Town, and the general vicinity of disadvantaged urban areas and parks at all times. Petty and violent crime is an issue in Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios and other beach resorts. There have been frequent occurrences of pickpocketing, as well as occasional violence against victims who resist robberies. Crime rates are generally lower away from main urban areas. Political violence has decreased in intensity but tends to spike during election periods.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment. However, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Jamaica
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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