- 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