Travel Restrictions on Entry into Jamaica in Light of the COVID-19 Outbreak

  • On 29th January 2020, the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) announced travel restrictions on Chinese nationals (including from Honk Kong, Macau and Taiwan) entering Jamaica, on account of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, now referred to as COVID-19.
  • Following its risk assessment and the World Health Organization Situation Report 37 of 26 February 2020, restrictions were imposed on an additional four (4) countries, namely:  Iran, Italy, Singapore and South Korea.
  • On 12th March, these measures were further extended to France, Germany and Spain.
  • The restrictions announced are as follows:
  • all Jamaicans who have visited any of these countries in the last 14 days will have landing privileges in accordance with the law but will be subject to a health assessment and quarantine;
  • non-Jamaicans who have visited any of these countries in the last 14 days, and who do not have permanent residency or marriage exemption in Jamaica, will not be granted landing privileges at any of the country’s ports of entry;
  • non-Jamaicans who have permanent residence and marriage exemptions who are landed and who had visited any of these countries in the last 14 days will be subject to a health assessment and quarantine;
  • persons who have visited any of these countries and have been granted landing privileges and are classified by the Ministry of Health and Wellness as high risk will be quarantined in Government facilities; and those who are assessed by the Ministry of Health and Wellness as low-risk will be self-quarantined at home under the strict evaluation and supervision of the Parish Health Department; and
  • persons returning from any of these countries and who have been granted landing privileges and who display any symptom of COVID-19, as per the case definition published by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, will be placed in immediate isolation at a health facility.

Embassy of Jamaica, Belgium

Advisories by Government of Jamaica to Manage COVID-19

  • Frequently perform hand hygiene by washing hands thoroughly (including between fingers and finger nails) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or by using a hand sanitizer comprising 70% alcohol, if hands are not visibly soiled, especially after direct contact with ill persons or their environment;
  • Persons displaying cold and flu like symptoms (coughing, sneezing) should avoid public spaces and should stay away from work until all symptoms have disappeared.  Where possible requests should be made to work remotely from home.
  • Persons with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice proper cough etiquette, that is, maintain distance from others, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues and discard of it immediately after use, and wear a mask to decrease the spread of droplets to others.
  • Persons should avoid touching their faces (particularly eyes, nose and mouth); and also maintain distance of at least one meter from persons with respiratory symptoms;
  • Adequate supplies of paper hand towels, soap and hand sanitizers should be made available at the work place and frequently trafficked public areas and high-touch equipment and surfaces (e.g., light switches, elevator buttons, door knobs, bathroom faucets, toilet seats and flush handles,) should be sanitized by wiping with anti-bacterial/bleach liquid.
  • Public gatherings are discouraged and should be avoided by persons who are unwell.
  • Non-essential travel is discouraged, but where travel is absolutely necessary,  avoid close contact with persons demonstrating flu-like symptoms,  especially as they transit through airports and in aircraft;
  • Travellers should monitor the WHO website for territories with cases and to avoid these areas.
  • On return to Jamaica, travellers must indicate on their immigration card, all the countries visited in the previous six weeks and cooperate with the immigration officers and public health officers at the air and sea ports.

For additional information, the public is encouraged to contact 888-ONE-LOVE (663-5683).

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade