Health Alert: Updated Quarantine Requirements for U.S. Citizens in Jamaica

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kingston, Jamaica (June 8, 2021)

Location: Jamaica

Event: COVID-19 Updates – Updated Quarantine Requirements for U.S. Citizens in Jamaica

The Government of Jamaica recently changed COVID-19 quarantine requirements upon arrival for fully vaccinated travelers.  The updated information is detailed below.

Quarantine Requirements in Jamaica:

  • All travelers are required to quarantine upon arrival to Jamaica.
  • The quarantine requirement can be completed within the “COVID-19 Resilient Corridor” for visitors staying in approved accommodations.  The Corridor is defined to include coastal businesses from Negril to Port Antonio as well as the southern coast.
  • Outside of the Corridor, current quarantine requirements are as follows:
    • Un-Vaccinated travelers: Under this measure persons are required to remain at home or private residence for 14 days from their date of entry to Jamaica. Persons under quarantine cannot leave their quarantine location to move within the community, except with express permission from the health authorities. 
    • Vaccinated travelers: For individuals who can demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated they are are required to remain at home or a private residence for 8 days from their date of entry to Jamaica.

Please note that Jamaica continues to require a negative COVID-19 test for travelers prior to boarding a flight to Jamaica.

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days.  Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recovery for all passengers two years of age and over prior to boarding.  Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery.

U.S. citizen travelers are reminded as well that any individual (including those who are fully vaccinated) who tests positive for COVID-19 while in Jamaica may be subject to extended quarantine and/or isolation at the person’s expense.  A positive COVID-19 test may also result in the disruption of existing travel arrangements, including plans to return to the United States.

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