Jamaican travel regulations have seen a few changes since the country’s borders have reopened to visitors mid-June. As we are getting ready to open up a special community volunteering program in Jamaica at the end of September, we would like to give you a full Jamaica travel regulations update to prepare you for your trip ahead.
Before you travel
One of Jamaica travel regulations update is to obtain a travel authorization prior to checking-in your flight. This is applicable to citizens of all countries. You will be asked for your flight information so you must have already booked a flight before applying for this travel authorization.
Citizens of the USA, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Mexico must also submit a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result obtained by an accredited medical laboratory, conducted within 10 days of your intended travel date. A list of accredited labs can be found here for US citizens.
For those coming from a different country other than the ones mentioned above, Kaya also requires a copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR test to ensure the full protection of the community we work with.
What to expect when you arrive in Jamaica
Another Jamaican travel regulations update requires all passengers to be screened and go through a short health assessment by a Jamaican border control officer when landing in-country.
Depending on your assessment, you might be asked to undergo another PCR test at the airport. This will depend on whether you are coming from a high-risk area where community contamination is considered high, or if you are presenting any symptoms.
If you have to take a test at the airport, the new Jamaican travel regulation requires you to be placed in quarantine at your intended address for up to 48 hours until the test results are received.
- Shall the test results come back positive, you will be placed in isolation at your intended address or at a government facility as determined by public health authorities.
- If your test results come back negative, you will remain at your intended address and finish your quarantine camp through Kaya before being allowed to roam freely and transfer to our Kingston location.
If you are not required to take a test at the airport, you will go to your intended address as planned and go through quarantine camp through Kaya for 14 days before being allowed to roam freely.
One of our in-country team members will meet you at the airport to bring you to the designated Kaya quarantine camp located outside of Kingston.
Follow local guidance
Once in Jamaica, we ask all participants to follow local guidance and our in-country team will be sure to communicate with you any new local laws. Current local restrictions include the practice of social distancing and wearing a face mask in public places. Some areas of Jamaica also have a nighttime curfew in place.
Our local team and Kaya risk assessment team are keeping a pulse on any developments when it comes to Jamaica travel regulations update, so we will be sure to communicate with you as things may change.
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