ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR JAMAICA
It is almost time for your trip to Jamaica! As you prepare, please be aware of the new travel requirements and entry screening process for visiting the island. The ongoing pandemic causes frequent changes to entry requirements and testing guidelines, so be sure to check this page frequently leading up to your trip as it will be updated with new information as it becomes available.
Last Updated: Dec 8th, 2020
1. Fill out a Government Travel Authorization Application
Before arriving, all persons traveling to Jamaica from the USA are required to fill out a government travel authorization application which includes health information, immigration, and customs forms. The travel authorization application may be submitted anytime within the five (5) day period before the intended date of travel.
Once the travel application has been submitted and approved, travelers will need to present the authorization to an airline agent at check-in or when boarding the flight. To complete this form, click here.
2. Present Valid COVID-19 Test Result
All travelers age 12 and older are required to present valid COVID-19 test result upon arrival in Jamaica (along with their approved travel authorization). The date of the sample collection must be no more than 10 days old from the expected date of arrival and read “negative” or “not detected”.
All tests must be done at an accredited lab that is College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited, a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) registration, or ISO 15189 certification. It can be either a PCR test or an antigen test approved by the WHO/Pan American Health Organization the FDA.
Antigen tests are more accessible, cost less and the results are available in a shorter period of time. Antibody tests will NOT be accepted nor will results from home-based test kits.
3. Visitors are Now Allowed to do Split Stays Within the Resilient Corridor
Visitors are now allowed to do split stays within the resilient corridor. Travelers are permitted to visit COVID-19 compliant attractions within the Resilient Corridors (the stretch of road from Negril through Port Antonio on the northern coast of the island), using transportation licensed under the Tourist Board Act. Be aware that the status of this restriction will continue to be assessed and updated by the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ ongoing review of Jamaica’s risk management protocols.
Visitors staying at locations outside the Resilient Corridors will continue to download the app which facilitate scheduled location and temperature checks. These visitors must complete 14 days of quarantine at the specified address before they can move to another location.
For more details and information on updated entry requirements, please visit the frequently asked questions page on the Jamaican Tourism Board’s website.