TORONTO — Today’s the big day for Jamaica as the popular destination begins to reopens its borders to international travellers with new health and safety protocols in place.
Phase 1 of the reopening starts today, June 15, and runs through June 30, during which time a COVID-19 Resilient Corridor, which includes the coastline from Negril to Port Antonio, has been introduced.
More details about the island’s reopening are coming this Thursday, June 18, as Travelweek’s new Facebook Live series, ‘Reopened’, kicks off with Travelweek Publisher Devin Kinasz’s interview with the Jamaica Tourist Board’s Regional Director, Canada, Angella Bennett. The event is set for 3:30 p.m.; see facebook.com/travelweek.
Sangster International Airport has put together a video to give travellers a sense of the new protocols in place at the airport…
Only businesses within the corridor that have been trained and cleared for opening are permitted to open to tourists during Phase 1. All ground transportation for tourists must be arranged by a business that has been cleared to open.
All visitors will be screened via thermal temperature checks and symptom observation; those with elevated temperatures will be subject to additional screening and testing, if needed. Any visitor who exhibits symptoms or is ill will be subject to quarantine.
“Tourism is the lifeblood of our local economy, and with the help of international experts and a dedicated task force, we have developed protocols that allow us to safely reopen our borders,” said Donovan White, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism.
“We are confident that as we restart our economy, Jamaicans will work together to ensure a safe, secure and seamless experience for our tourism workers, their families, and visitors, while preserving the authentic experiences travellers seek when they visit our shores.”
Here’s a direct link to the new travel protocols document available from the JTB, covering a number of factors, including hotels, attractions, beaches, transportation and shopping.