Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kingston, Jamaica (April 7, 2020)
Location: Jamaica and the Cayman Islands
Event: The Ministry of Health and Wellness of Jamaica has confirmed 59 cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica. The Cayman Islands Public Health Department has confirmed 39 cases of COVID-19 in the Cayman Islands.
- Please fill out this quick survey to inform us of STEP Registrants’ whereabouts
- The Government of Jamaica has extended its closure of incoming travel for another 14 days. Therefore, airports and ports will now be closed until April 18th.
- Visit the Government of Jamaica’s website for CoVID-19 for updates and recommendations.
- International commercial flight options currently exist in Jamaica. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. Some airlines advise travelers that international travel may require proof of onward or return travel upon arrival at your destination. U.S. citizens returning to the United States do not need to provide proof of onward travel. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Jamaica at this time.
- An island-wide curfew is in effect from April 1 to April 8, 2020, from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. daily.
The following is an updated list of commercial flights out of Jamaica to the United States:
MONTEGO BAY (MBJ) – April 11th
|JetBlue||10:54 A.M.||Fort Lauderdale (FLL)|
|JetBlue||2:30 P.M.||New York (JFK)|
KINGSTON (KIN) – April 11th (Wait Listed)
|JetBlue||4:19 P.M.||Fort Lauderdale (FLL)|
For more information on the COVID-19 outbreak in Jamaica, visit the U.S. Embassy’s website.
- Please take a brief survey to inform us of STEP Registrants’ whereabouts
- The Government of Cayman Islands has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Visit the website of the Cayman Islands government for additional information on these new measures.
- A shelter in place order is in effect as of Saturday, March 28th, 2020, for a period of ten days.
- Owen Roberts International Airport and the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport are closed for international passenger flights for three weeks, from Sunday, 22 March 2020, at 11:59 p.m. until Sunday, 12 April 2020, at 11:59 p.m.
- In addition, the Government of Cayman Islands released an update on April 2nd stating that the Cayman Islands will extend the “soft curfew” during daytime hours (5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.), allowing movement of essential staff, and a “hard curfew” from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Read the full press release on the website for the Cayman Islands government.
- In addition, beginning April 6th, 2020, during soft curfew from 7 am to 7 pm, all surnames beginning A through K will be allowed on the road for essential purposes only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; all surnames L-Z will be allowed on the roads for essential purposes only on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays. Read the full press release on the website for the Cayman Islands government.
- Find the Government of Cayman Islands COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions here.
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Cayman.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Jamaica.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States
- U.S. Embassy Kingston, Jamaica
142 Old Hope Rd. Kingston 6, Jamaica
- U.S. Consular Agency Montego Bay
Whitter Village, Ironshore
Unit EU-1 (across from Burger King)
Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica
- U.S. Consular Agency Cayman Islands
150 Smith Road
Smith Road Center, Unit 202B
George Town, KY1-1010
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
- State Department – Consular Affairs
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