Jamaica to Cut COVID-19 Quarantine Period for Vaccinated Travellers

Jamaica to Cut COVID-19 Quarantine Period for Vaccinated Travellers

Andrew Holness, Jamaica’s Prime Minister on Wednesday announced that tourists who are completely vaccinated against COVID-19 will currently be required to quarantine for eight days down from 14 days.

The requirement of two doses of the AstraZeneca, Moderna, or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines is needed for one to be considered completely vaccinated. Only a single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is required for one to be considered fully vaccinated.

Persons who have received only a single dose of the AstraZeneca, Moderna, or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will still be required to undergo the 14-day quarantine.

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PM Holness said that all travelers will still be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival in Jamaica, as the test should be no older than three days. And that COVID-19 protocols including wearing masks, sanitizing and social distancing still need to be adhered to while in Jamaica.

The Prime Minister also moved the island’s existing curfew by an hour on weekdays, from 8 pm to 9 pm, and two hours on Saturdays from 6 pm to 8 pm, Sundays remain at 2 pm until July 1, 2021, as the hours were adjusted to allow for greater commerce during the pandemic.

“I think that is significant and I know small business people and large business people may not be satisfied… they were lobbying for 10:00 p.m., but we have done what we believe is necessary to allow commerce and at the same time prevent a rapid increase in the numbers,” Mr. Holness said.

“So, on Saturdays, two more hours have been given, which I think will be useful. Sundays remain the same and we had to do that as a kind of compensatory measure, just to make sure that we slow the numbers that could occur,” he added.

Beaches and rivers will reopen starting June 3.  Close to 10 people shall gather in any one area of the beach at a time. PM Holness additionally clarified that no beach parties are permitted just swimming, bathing and working out.

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