NOTICE – Reopening of the Embassy of Jamaica on 1st June 2020

The Embassy of Jamaica and Mission to the European Union wishes to advise that following its temporary closure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chancery, located at 44 Herrmann-Debroux Avenue, Auderghem, Brussels 1160, will reopen on 1st June 2020.

Individuals wishing to avail themselves of the consular services provided by the Embassy are invited to seek appointments for the purpose, as we work to safeguard the health and well-being of our clients and staff.  Given the dynamic nature of the current public health situation, we will be reviewing our operations on a periodic basis.

For further information on our services and for ongoing updates, you are encouraged to continue to visit the Embassy’s website (https://jamaica-brussels.be) and Facebook page.

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Notice to Clients Regarding Consular Applications

As you would be aware, the staff of the Embassy has been working remotely since 18th March 2020, in keeping with the Belgian regulations instituted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  With the imminent re-opening of our office space on 1st June 2020, consistent with the gradual lifting of restrictions, the Embassy would appreciate your usual co-operation as we continue to implement the guidelines set out below to safeguard both your health and that of our staff:

  • An appointment must be scheduled for all consular services that require your physical presence at the Embassy. These services include certification of passport renewals for minor, first-time passport applications, replacement of lost/stolen passport, citizenship applications, witness of signature and emergency certificates. 
  • We are encouraging all applicants requiring legalization services, Certificat de Cotume, Certificate of Concordance and Letter of Nationality, to send their documents by registered mail to the Embassy.  The requested services will be provided and the documents returned via the same medium.
  • All queries and requests for appointments for consular-related matters should be sent to the following email address: consular@jamaica-brussels.be

We look forward to continuing to serve you and thank you, in advance, for your kind co-operation.

Please accept our best wishes for your continued good health and safety during these challenging times.

Extension of Stay (Schengen visas) – Procedures for Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Portugal and Spain.

Please see information below concerning the procedures for individuals who require an extension of stay in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Portugal and Spain.

BELGIUM

The request must be addressed by email directly to the Ministry of the Interior at email address: cs.suivi@ibz.fgov.be

Documents required:

  1. Copy of declaration of arrival in the respective Commune (if applicant is not in possession of such documents, further guidance should be sought from cs.suivi@ibz.fgov.be
  2. Copy of passport including all pages;
  3. Letter explaining why they request the extension of the Schengen Visa;
  4. Documents which prove that the respective airline has cancelled all its flights to Jamaica;
  5. Proof of medical insurance for the requested period

The list of the required documents to be attached will be found on the website: www.dofi.ibz.be and under the section “welcome”.

Belgium issues extension of stay for 2 months valid exclusively in Belgium.

NETHERLANDS

Requests for visa extensions in the Netherlands should be made to the Immigration and Naturalization Service at telephone number088-04.304.30. The visa number needs to be provided by phone. The extension will only be valid for the Netherlands.

FRANCE

The French authorities are extending visa arrangements by three months. Foreign nationals staying in France with a short-term visa who require an extension should submit their requests to the Préfecture of the locality where they are staying.

PORTUGAL

Visas and documents related to the stay of foreign nationals in Portugal, which have expired after 24th February 2020, remain valid until 30th June 2020.

SPAIN

Expired visas and documents related to the stay of foreign nationals in Spain will remain valid until further notice. Individuals are encouraged to make contact with Spanish immigration authorities for updates on the extension of stay.

EU GENERAL GUIDANCE

The EU has provided general guidance for foreigners who require visa extensions due to the current COVID19 pandemic.  Please see the following link for details: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/coronavirus-what-to-do-if-you-get-stuck-in-the-eu/.

Health Ministry urges end to COVID-19 misinformation

KINGSTON, Jamaica. Saturday, 28 March 2020. The Ministry of Health and Wellness is once again urging Jamaicans to refrain from sharing unsubstantiated information about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on the island.

“Misinformation about COVID-19, whether it is shared deliberately or not, is a disservice to the national efforts to contain the spread of the virus and to save lives,” said Minister of Health and Wellness Dr the Hon Christopher Tufton.

“In fact, misinformation serves no other purpose than to fuel panic and foster anxiety among our people at a time when what is needed is for them to have accurate and timely information on which to make good decisions for themselves and their loved ones,” he added.

The Minister’s comments come in the wake of a statement issued by the University Hospital of the West Indies to dispel rumours that nurses at the hospital had tested positive for COVID-19.

“The UHWI can confirm that no staff member or healthcare worker has tested positive for COVID-19. The UHWI recognises that healthcare workers in all health facilities are at risk and we continue to operate with the highest level of care to safeguard the well-being of employees and the public,” the hospital said in its March 28 statement to the media.

“The UHWI, known for its high-quality care and advanced services, continues to provide care for all patients referred to the institution. We value all members of staff contributing to the provision of patient care in this challenging time,” the institution added.

Jamaica now has thirty-two (32) confirmed cases of COVID-19. None of the individuals in that number are doctors or nurses. Of the 32 confirmed cases, twenty-one (21) are imported cases and eight (8) are import-related. Three (3) are under investigation.

The island has so far tested 257 samples, including 61 that were tested for Severe Acute Respiratory Infections. Thirty-two (32) of the 257 tested positive and 221 tested negative. This represents a positivity yield of 12.5 per cent. Four results are pending.

Press Releases by the Jamaican Ministry of Health regarding updates on Covid-19 in Jamaica.

36 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica

· Healthcare Worker tests positive

KINGSTON, Jamaica. Sunday, 29 March 2020. There are now 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica. Additional results received at 9:00 p.m. from the National Influenza Centre, showed that of the five pending results from yesterday, three samples tested negative, while two were positive for COVID-19.

The two new cases are:

· a 45  year old female, a healthcare worker, who was a contact of a confirmed case and

· a 54 year old female from St. Mary. Her mode of transmission is under investigation.

As of this evening, the healthcare worker is well and in good spirit.

The Ministry would like to advise the public that there is no other healthcare worker at present, who is positive for COVID-19.

There are now twenty-three (23) imported cases, eleven (11) import-related and two (2) cases are under investigation.