Jamaica has been downgraded from level three to level two on the United States Centres for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) travel recommendations ranking system. The decision comes in recognition of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.
This new classification places the destination in a risk category lower than more than 70 percent of countries worldwide. Jamaica Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett said it will increase the number of visitors from the United States during the winter tourist season.
“We are extremely proud that the CDC has once again lowered its COVID-19 travel recommendations ranking to a level two ranking, indicating that COVID-19 contraction level is moderate,” he said.
Under the CDC update, US citizens should be fully vaccinated before traveling to destinations which have the level two designation. Unvaccinated travellers should abstain from unnecessary travel to these locations.
The latest development caps a successful month for the Jamaica tourism industry, with the World Travel Awards having honoured the destination with a number of top titles.
At the same time, the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC), founded by minister Bartlett, was recognised with the unique trophy for World’s Leading Tourism Initiative.
Jamaica’s top attraction is Negril Beach, also known as Seven Mile Beach. It is one of Jamaica's most beautiful stretches of white sand and aqua sea, overlooked by the famous Negril Cliffs. Second most popular attraction is rafting the Martha Brae - especially for couples. At Martha Brae Rafter's Village, visitors glide down a picturesque stretch of the river on bamboo rafts poled by local guides.
Third most popular attraction is a fun outing at Dunn's River Falls and Bob Marley's Nine Mile tour. This tour stops by the village of Nine Mile, birthplace of Bob Marley, and then heads over to the Dunn's River Falls for a guided hike up to the falls and a slide or swim in the natural pools.