Jamaica to reopen to tourists on June 15

KINGSTON, JAMAICA — One of the Caribbean’s biggest destinations will officially reopen its borders next week.

Jamaica has announced that it will welcome back international travellers starting June 15 following the implementation of an extensive set of operational protocols that spans all stages of the travel experience.

The Jamaican government worked closely with international partners to develop the protocols, which were developed in consultation with global organizations such as the CDC and the World Travel & Tourism Council, as well as local government agencies including the Ministries of Health & Wellness, National Security and Foreign Affairs.

Health and safety protocols will be revisited every two weeks, which is consistent with the government’s approach to evaluating the COVID-19 pandemic. As more is discovered about the virus, including medical advancements and risk profile changes, Jamaica will make any necessary and appropriate revision to its protocols.

“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 travelers seek when they visit our shores.”

The country is currently repatriating 8,000 Jamaican nationals who have been stranded overseas due to COVID-19-related travel restrictions. Through June 14, Jamaicans returning to the island will undergo temperature checks and a screening with public health officials, and will need to quarantine at home for 14 days while being monitored with phone or wristband geofencing.

After June 15, all visitors will be screened via thermal temperature checks and symptom observation. If a temperature is elevated, the visitor will be subject to additional screening including testing, if needed. Any visitor who exhibits symptoms or is ill will be subject to quarantine.

For more information on Jamaica’s health and safety protocols, click here.