Can you travel to Jamaica now? Traveling to Jamaica During Covid

Can you travel to Jamaica now? Traveling to Jamaica During Covid - Safely

We get calls and emails almost daily asking, “Can you travel to Jamaica now?”

Yes, you can. Jamaica is open. Once you feel it is safe to travel and are willing to take the necessary precautions, you are more than welcomed to travel to Jamaica now.

Disclaimer: No one can guarantee that you will not get COVID-19. The information in this post is for general guidance only. Given the changing nature of the spread of the coronavirus and of laws, rules, and regulations by various entities including governments, there may be inaccuracies in the information contained in this content as time passes. We are not responsible for any inaccurate or omitted information or for the results obtained from the use of this information. Please check with your airline, the Jamaican government, and the other relevant agencies and governments.

Preparing to Travel to Jamaica Now

If you are preparing to go to Jamaica now, be sure you pay attention to these 7 tips well ahead of time. 

1.   You will need a valid passport to travel to Jamaica. Ideally, it  should be valid for an additional 6 months.

2.   You don’t need a visa to go to Jamaica from most countries.

3.   As on April 16, 2022, the Jamaican government has relaxed the COVID policies. The requirement for a COVID test prior to arrival has been lifted. There is no quarantine requirement. There are no more curfews. Masks are optional.

4.   Hopefully, you have booked a stay at a licensed property. The COVID-protocols are no longer enforced by the government; however, properties are still encouraged to follow them.

Check here for a list of licensed properties and attractions.

5.   Consider using the Club Mobay or Club Kingston arrival service (depending on which airport you are arriving at) to get expedited service through immigration and customs.

Read our blog post, “Is Club Mobay Worth the Price?”, to see if it is right for you. If it is, book it within 48 hours of arrival.

6.  Don’t forget to get “Cancel for Any Reason” trip insurance to protect your trip.

7.  Check with your medical insurance company to see if you have coverage outside of the United States.

11 Steps to Fly More Safely

How to fly more safely

As more people get vaccinated and more people feel comfortable flying, you can expect that airports will become more crowded. Follow these 11 steps to reduce your risk of getting or spreading Covid-19 when you fly.

1.   Be fully vaccinated before your trip. If you are eligible, get the booster.

 The CDC update in April 1, 2021, stated that travel, including international travel, is low risk for fully vaccinated individuals. Read the CDC’s press release here

Even so, remember that vaccinated people, even after receiving a booster shot, can still get and or spread COVID. While the vaccines are effective, they are not 100% protective.

Especially since it is not yet known how effective they are against some of the new variants, vaccinated persons should take the same precautions as unvaccinated people –  wear a mask, socially distance, and practice good hand hygiene.

2.   Assume everyone you come in contact with could be a carrier for COVID-19.

Practice social distancing. Stay 6ft away from others at all times, including while you are going through security, waiting for the flight, boarding, and deplaning the aircraft.

3.   Wear your mask.

Masks are required in the airport and on the airplane.

Remember that masks must cover both your nose and mouth. Make sure your mask has a nose wire to keep the mask above your nose.

Consider double masking with a medical mask beneath a cloth mask. A CDC study suggests that this approach gives a better fit and blocked 92.5% of potentially infectious particles.

4.   A face shield might be overkill but worth considering. 

5.   Avoid being next to strangers if you can.

Try to sit with people from your own family bubble. The gate agents are usually very willing to help so don’t be afraid to ask to change seats.

6.   Bring disinfecting wipes.

Wipe down your seat, the arm rests including the button to press to recline the seats, the tray table inside and out as well as the lever to open it, the window shade if you are by the window seat, the back of the seat in front of you, including the video monitor if there is one.

Wipe down anything you can or would touch. Don’t forget to do the seat belt as well as the call light and the filtration nozzle.

To not hold up the line, I usually have my wipes nearby, slide into my row, and wipe down the seat very quickly. Once I’m in my seat I do the rest. 

7.   Don’t forget your hand sanitizer which should have either 70% isopropyl alcohol or 60% ethanol to be effective against the coronavirus.

Make sure you try it out before your trip because some brands create a sticky residue after only a few uses, which defeats the purpose as we see it, because then you have to find a bathroom just to wash your hands.

8.   Avoid leaving your seat.

You can’t truly socially distance on an airplane unless it is nearly empty. 

9.   Plan your bathroom breaks to avoid using the restrooms on the airplane.

10.  Bring your own snacks since most airlines have suspended in-flight food service.

Choose items that are easy to eat so you don’t have to have your mask off for long. Please don’t be that person sitting there unmasked nursing a drink forever. 

11.  Wear socks when you fly to avoid stepping on the airport floor barefooted as you go through security. COVID isn’t the only thing to think about!

How to travel to and from the airport and your villa or hotel safely

Once you have landed in Jamaica, make sure you get to your lodging safely. The government has relaxed it’s COVID protocols but let’s not forget lessons learned.

1. Book certified transfer operators who are following COVID-19 protocols to take you to your villa or hotel.

2. Encourage everyone to wear a mask. Wearing a mask protects the other person, more than it protects you.

3. Don’t forget to sanitize.

4. Roll your window down to encourage airflow, plus the island breeze is delightful

Safety precautions while in Jamaica

1. Read the blog post, “22 Must-Read Jamaica Travel Tips in a Covid-19 World”.

2. As an extra precaution, stay in approved and licensed properties with a COVID-19 plan in place. Government protocols may have been relaxed but we are still in a pandemic!

3. You need a negative Covid test done within 24 hours prior to landing in the United States.

Be sure to schedule the appointment for the test in advance if you are having it done at your villa or hotel. 

We strongly suggest that leave an hour earlier and get tested at the airport. It takes about 15 minutes to get the results sent to your phone. It is a very smooth process.

Here is the even bigger reason to get tested at the airport – In the unlikely event that you test positive, they will be able to assist you with finding somewhere to quarantine. Trying to arrange this on your own is major nightmare.

Leaving Jamaica

1. Review the list of frequently asked questions by outbound travelers.

2. You will need to show a copy of the negative COVID-19 test results when you check in for your flight.

Remember, you will need a negative COVID test taken within 24 hours of your return to the United States. Other countries may have other requirements.

3. You will also need to complete an attestation of the negative COVID-19 test.

The form is available on the CDC’s website; however, it seems that most of the airlines have their own version which they will have you sign at the airport.

4. Whether you will need to quarantine or have a repeat test after your arrival home depends on the rules in your home state or country.

So yes, you can travel to Jamaica now. We can’t be too careful as we try to live with and curb the virus at the same time. These precautions will help you have a safe vacation in Jamaica now.

Can you think of any tips that we left out? Leave a comment. We will consider adding it when we next update the article.

Stay safe and Make it Jamaica soon!

‘Til next time.

Think and dream Jamaica!

Sherry, Darrell, and Darrian

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Sherry & Darrell, owners of Mais Oui Tennis & Spa Villa in Discovery Bay, Jamaica, consider themselves unofficial ambassadors for Jamaica. They look forward to using their insider knowledge to help guests create priceless vacation memories. Feel free to say hi!

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Sherry & Darrell, owners of Mais Oui Tennis & Spa Villa in Discovery Bay, Jamaica, consider themselves unofficial ambassadors for Jamaica. They look forward to using their insider knowledge to help guests create priceless vacation memories. Feel free to say hi!