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JA relaxes its virus rules

Regional 23 Nov, 2021 Follow News

Ocho Rios is gradually reopening

Jamaica has begun to relax more of its pandemic-related travel rules by removing quarantine for vaccinated visitors staying outside its "resilient corridor" zones.

Jamaica was one of the first Caribbean destinations to welcome tourists back last year, but it did so by restricting them to certain areas, essentially low-risk Covid zones that stretch from Negril to Port Antonio in the east, and from Negril to the south of Jamaica.

The newest changes drop quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated visitors staying outside the corridor. That's provided they test negative for Covid within three days of travelling to Jamaica, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced.

The new change to protocol means that anyone who's vaccinated can travel all over Jamaica, provided they get that pre-departure test. Unvaccinated visitors will continue to quarantine for 14 days, regardless of their test result, if they're staying outside of the resilient corridor.

In Jamaica, most businesses are open and hotels and resorts are operating at full capacity. But the pandemic is still raging, particularly in Kingston. A nationwide curfew between 9pm and 5am is in place until 9 December. In addition, nightclubs are closed; beach parties, festivals and concerts are banned; and restaurants and bars are operating at 50 percent capacity.

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