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COVID-19 Information – Jamaica
Last updated: 4/1/2021
*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Jamaica due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
- Medical services in Jamaica are limited. Please read our general information regarding medical assistance in Jamaica.
- The Government of Jamaica has developed “Resilient Corridors” for tourism. Visitors should expect their movement around the island to be limited.
- Large gatherings are restricted and there are limits on the number of attendees for funerals and weddings. For more information please visit the Jamaica Ministry of Health and Wellness COVID-19 portal.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Jamaica? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- S. Citizens can obtain a COVID-19 test in Jamaica at the following locations: https://www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization/testing-labs. Travelers are responsible for costs of testing. Cost of tests range from $60.00 to $100.00 for antigen tests and from $150.00 to $230.00 for PCR tests.
- Method of result delivery to the traveler varies by location.
- For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html
- Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, email KingstonCDCRequest@state.gov.
- All COVID-19 tests are administered at the discretion of the Jamaica Ministry of Health and Wellness. Visitors to Jamaica may be tested on arrival and/or if they seek medical care.
- If a visitor tests positive for COVID-19, they will be placed in isolation at their accommodation, intended stay location, or government facility as determined by the Jamaican Ministry of Health and Wellness. Travelers who require isolation should be prepared to pay the cost of isolation accommodation.
- Release from isolation is determined by the Jamaican Ministry of Health and Wellness using symptom-based or infectiousness period data. Release may be granted 14 days from diagnosis; however, it may be longer, depending on the individual case.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the Government of Jamaica approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? No
- The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
- Please see the latest COVID-19 vaccination information from the Government of Jamaica on the Ministry of Health website: https://www.moh.gov.jm/health-minister-names-national-vaccination-commission/
- Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
- Effective March 4, 2021, U.S. Citizens must request and obtain a travel authorization within 72 hours of their planned travel date. The Travel Authorization along with a copy of a negative PCR or Antigen test result must be presented to the airline representative to board a flight to Jamaica. Read more and request the travel authorization at https://www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- Visitors requesting to extend their stay in Jamaica may do so through PICA: http://www.PICA.gov.jm
- Is a curfew in place? Yes
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
- Visitors to the island are requested to quarantine at their location of arrival for up to 14 days, depending on type of travel. More information is available at https://www.visitjamaica.com/.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- There are some limits to number of individuals permitted inside taxis and other methods of public transportation. Please refer to the Jamaica Tourist Board for more information on Jamaica’s COVID-19 related transportation restrictions.
Fines for Non-Compliance: (if applicable)
- Non-compliance with curfew, quarantine, or other COVID-19 related restrictions could result in fine, arrest, or immediate order to depart the country.
- The Consular Section is currently providing citizenship services to individuals on a limited routine basis. Make an appointment online for passport or notarial services.
- If you have urgent travel and need to renew your passport, and an appointment is not available, please e-mail KingstonACS@state.gov.
- The Consular Section is currently providing limited, routine visa services.