COVID-19 Information – Jamaica
Last updated: 06/13/2022
- The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Jamaica due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions, including extended periods of isolation and quarantine if receiving a positive COVID-19 test result prior to departure from the island. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
- Medical services in Jamaica are extremely 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 one calendar day? While test results have historically been readily available within one day, there have recently been increasing delays in the reporting of results.
- U.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 delivery of results to the traveler varies by location. Written results are often not available or significantly delayed.
- 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: New Requirements for Air Travelers to the U.S.
- 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.
- The Jamaica Travel Authorization required for entry into the country outlines the risks and requirements for isolation and quarantine if an individual tests positive for COVID-19 while in Jamaica.
- All COVID-19 departure tests are administered at the discretion of the Jamaica Ministry of Health and Wellness. Visitors to Jamaica may also be tested on arrival and/or if they seek medical care. Testing services are provided at most major hotels and resorts.
- Visitors testing positive for COVID-19 will be placed in isolation at lodging 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. It is highly advised that travelers consider travel insurance to protect against risks and financial losses that could happen while traveling. The isolation period can range from 5 to 10 days, or longer.
- After 5 days the individual is required to take a rapid or antigen test at personal expense. If the result is negative, then release can be authorized. If the result is positive an additional 5 days of isolation is required. This is irrespective of the vaccination and symptom status of the individual being isolated.
- During isolation the individual may not leave isolation quarters for any reason and may experience issues with food service reliability and quality, internet and telephone service, sanitation, air conditioning and other room issues, as well as being subject to observation of the room by security guards to ensure compliance with isolation requirements.
- Only the Jamaican Ministry of Health and Wellness can authorize release from isolation, using symptom-based or infectiousness period data. Release may be granted 5 days from diagnosis; however, it may be longer, depending on the individual case. At this time the process for PCR testing for release purposes and issuance of ‘fit-to-fly’ letters is often delayed as a result of high demands on the medical system related to the pandemic.
- At the end of the 10-day period, COVID positive individuals are to be provided with a ‘fit-to-fly’ letter without further testing, based only on reported symptoms. They are then released for the express purpose of boarding a departure flight.
COVID -19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Jamaica approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
- Are vaccines available in Jamaica for U.S. citizens to receive? While vaccines are not specifically reserved for use by U.S. citizens it may be possible for U.S. citizens to obtain them depending upon availability.
- Which vaccines are available in Jamaica? AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson
- Local availability of COVID-19 vaccines and details regarding eligibility can be found here: https://www.moh.gov.jm/.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- The U.S. 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.
Entry and Exit Requirements
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No
- 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? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- 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. Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 typically have security guards stationed near their rooms to ensure quarantine is observed.
- 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.