Jamaica is reopening its borders for travellers from June 15. Jamaica reopened its borders for the repatriation of nationals on June 1.
The reopening will make Jamaica the largest Caribbean destination to reopen its borders so far. “I congratulate Jamaica on the reopening of our borders on June 15 to all international travellers,” said Adam Stewart, deputy chairman of Sandals Resorts International.
Jamaica’s newly developed COVID-19-focused health and safety protocols are over 100 pages. “From transportation, restaurants, villa operators, tour providers and of course all sizes of hotels and resorts, it’s a world-class document that will guide safety for all in the hospitality sector,” Stewart said.
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said while not all major air carriers have announced their plans, Southwest Airlines just said it would be relaunching some routes to Montego Bay, Jamaica’s tourism hub, beginning July 1.
And Delta Air Lines has officially revealed plans to relaunch daily flights from Atlanta to Montego Bay this month. The move means resorts can now begin to reopen, like the iconic Half Moon.
“We are continuing our liaison with the Government of Jamaica to ensure we are painstakingly diligent in the phased opening of our property,” said Guy Steuart, Chairman of Half Moon.
Just before the pandemic, Half Moon had debuted its highly-anticipated new Eclipse at Half Moon resort. Bartlett recently suggested Jamaica could receive another two million visitors through the end of the year.
More importantly, it’s a boost for the hundreds of thousands of Jamaicans who are employed in the sector.
That would be “somewhere around 50 percent of last year, if we can have a summer start, between June and August,” he said.