Now that Jamaica has opened its borders to international travel, persons in Cayman wishing to travel there are being advised of the new procedures they now need to follow.
All persons intending to travel to Jamaica will need to secure a Travel Authorization before checking in at the airport.
The application requires information for the Customs/Immigration Form, information on the intended place of stay or residence and a COVID-19 health questionnaire.
The Jamaican Consulate in George Town advises that there are separate online applications forms which must be completed by both Jamaican nationals and non-nationals before they are approved to travel to the country.
The airline will need this approval before checking in and the Travel Authorization will also be required before travellers can be landed in Jamaica.
The Consulate says it takes only about 5 minutes to complete the application and the response is immediate.
All travellers to Jamaica will need to undergo a COVID-19 PCR/swab test on entry to the island.
During the period until June 30th, testing will be done at the international airports, and costs related to the testing will be borne by the Government of Jamaica.
Persons who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to be quarantined in a government-approved facility, at the traveller’s cost.
Results from the swab test are generally available within 24 – 48 hours. During that time, travellers are required to stay in Place at home or at their hotels.
All travellers are also encouraged to travel with health insurance.
The application form for Jamaican nationals can be accessed at this website: https://jamcovid19.moh.gov.jm/immigration.html
Non-Jamaicans should log on to the site www.visitjamaica.com to complete their travel application.
Meanwhile, the Cayman Islands border closure is still in effect.
All persons planning to come to the territory are required to register on the Cayman Islands government’s website, which is http://www.exploregov.ky/travel or call the Emergency Travel hotline: 345 244-3333