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Jamaica lifts UK travel ban

Regional 03 May, 2021 Follow News

Jamaica expects an influx of British tourists soon

Jamaica's travel ban on the United Kingdom was lifted on Saturday so Brits are free to visit there again.

The Disaster Risk Management Act was lifted on May 1, enabling “the critical gateways of Heathrow and Gatwick airports, to have transit for passengers coming through and who are fully compliant with health and safety protocols required for international travel,” said tourism minister Edmund Bartlett.

The ban brought travel between Jamaica and the UK to a halt and was done as part of the island's efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The UK market is critical to Jamaica’s tourism industry and with the 40th anniversary of Bob Marley’s death on May 11, an influx of reggae lovers is expected.

The Jamaica Tourist Board noted that since reopening its borders last June, Jamaica has welcomed around 1.5 million visitors under the island's robust health and safety protocols.

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