Jamaica is broadening the areas fully-vaccinated travelers can visit without quarantine.
Starting Thursday, the island country is dropping its quarantine requirement for fully-vaccinated travelers staying outside the country’s “resilient corridor” who meet specific pre-arrival testing requirements.
The changes do not affect visitors staying in Jamaica’s “resilient corridor” areas, which follow “a rigorous set of COVID-19 protocols” according to the Jamaica Tourist Board. The corridor was developed for tourism and segments along the northern and southern coasts.
Under the current entry rules, travelers to the island face up to 14 days of quarantine if they are staying outside the resilient corridor, according to the U.S. embassy in Jamaica. Vaccinated travelers in these areas are asked to quarantine eight days, but can leave the isolation period early with a negative post-arrival PCR test, according to a tweet from Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
The country asks all travelers 12 and older to show proof of a negative molecular or antigen coronavirus test within the three days before travel. Starting Thursday, fully vaccinated travelers staying outside the designated corridor who take a PCR test before arrival will be able to skip quarantine.The resilient corridor already allows fully vaccinated travelers who test negative for the coronavirus to enter without quarantine.
Unvaccinated travelersstaying outside the resilient corridor will still need to quarantine 14 days, according to the Jamaica Tourist Board.
Jamaica also asks travelers to provide a travel authorization form before boarding, according to the Jamaica Tourist Board. The form asks travelers to fill in information such as the name and address of where they plan to stay and whether they have possibly been exposed to COVID-19.
Travelers can fill out the form online at https://travelauth.visitjamaica.com.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Jamaica has a “high level” of COVID-19. The agency advises travelers to make sure they are fully vaccinated before entering the country.
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