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New Travel Regulations Are Making Summer Travel To Jamaica More Complex
While most of the world has banned Americans from vacationing in their countries this summer, Jamaica has reopened its borders to U.S. travelers.
However, this Caribbean country is reopening in phases with new regulations that may prevent you from entering easily.
According to Jamaica’s prime minister, those traveling for leisure from Arizona, New York, Florida, and Texas will need to submit negative COVID-19 test results from an accredited laboratory within 10 days of visiting the island.
All travelers entering Jamaica will have to complete a Travel Authorization application before arriving. Although you can book flights to Jamaica without the Travel Authorization, airlines will not allow you to check-in or board your flight without it. The application requires you to upload proof of negative COVID-19 test results.
It’s important to keep your original test results safe because you will be required to show the document in addition to the digital application upon arriving. The only travelers exempt from this rule are those traveling for business and travelers under the age of 12.
Presenting negative test results may not be enough — if Jamaican airport health officials notice travelers exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, they will require them to get tested again and to quarantine in their hotel room for up to 48 hours while awaiting their test results.
While on the island, travelers will be required to social distance and wear masks according to the Stay In Zone order.
Travelers will only be allowed to stay in hotels located along the beach as well as properties that have obtained a COVID-19 Compliant Certificate.
For a complete list of approved accommodations, check out this list.