Jamaica is well-prepared to meet the newly announced one-day testing requirement of the U.S. government and assist both international travelers returning home as well as Jamaicans visiting the U.S., effective December 6, 2021.
The destination has established ample testing locations throughout the island with both antigen and PCR tests available. In addition to multiple lab facilities and testing capability at both its Montego Bay and Kingston airports, many of the island’s resorts and hotels offer approved testing services on property, making the departure process even more seamless.
Perhaps most important for travelers, Jamaica offers pre-booking for return tests to ensure results are provided in time to meet departure needs. Jamaica already has an established partnership with three approved private laboratories to provide travelers with seamless in-hotel antigen or PCR tests. Tests can be easily scheduled in advance – even prior to a traveler’s arrival on island – through each lab’s dedicated online booking platform:
- Get Well Labs: https://getwellnow.io/globaltesting
- TSL: https://www.tsltech.com/covid-19-registration/
- Hospiten: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=qESRb6QLzEu1zE4tSsJ7GmjEJX1N9H1BuYjRVXwYg-pUQjQ1RlQ3NExRVU9SM1lWSFBJRUxQSVJHQS4u
Both international airports in Jamaica are equipped with pre-flight testing capability prior to check-in. For travelers opting for in-airport testing, they can book their appointment online and arrive at the airport a minimum of 3 hours in advance of their flight to obtain their required departure result.
Visitors staying at licensed hotels, resorts, villas, guest houses or residences can schedule their test to be performed on property via a convenient concierge service, or book an in-person appointment at the closest laboratory location. All certified lab locations can be found on VisitJamaica.com.
The health and safety of every Jamaican and every visitor to the country remains our top priority through our comprehensive Jamaica CARES protocols. These protocols were among the first to receive the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Safe Travels recognition and allowed us to safely reopen in June of 2020. Since that time, we have welcomed over one million visitors. The protocols continue to prove effective, especially within the Resilient Corridors, which cover more than 85 percent of the island’s tourism product and include less than one percent of our population. Jamaica has recorded a COVID-19 infection rate of under one percent within the Resilient Corridors over the past year.
We encourage visitors to continue to come to Jamaica with the confidence that they can enjoy everything the Heartbeat of the World has to offer.
About The Jamaica Tourist Board
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. JTB offices are also located in Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Mumbai, Tokyo and Paris.
This year, the JTB was declared the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board’ by the World Travel Awards (WTA) for the 14th consecutive year and Jamaica was named the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Destination’ for the 16th consecutive year as well as the ‘Caribbean’s Best Nature Destination’ and the ‘Caribbean’s Best Adventure Tourism Destination.’ In addition, Jamaica was awarded four gold 2021 Travvy Awards, including ‘Best Destination, Caribbean/Bahamas,’ ‘Best Culinary Destination –Caribbean,’ Best Travel Agent Academy Program,’ as well as a TravelAge West WAVE award for ‘International Tourism Board Providing the Best Travel Advisor Support’ for a record-setting 10th time. In 2020, Jamaica was named the WTA’s ‘World’s Leading Wedding Destination,’ the ‘World’s Leading Cruise Destination,’ and the ‘World’s Leading Family Destination.’ Also in 2020, the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) named Jamaica the 2020 ‘Destination of the Year for Sustainable Tourism’. In 2019, TripAdvisor® ranked Jamaica as the #1 Caribbean Destination and #14 Best Destination in the World. Jamaica is home to some of the world’s best accommodations, attractions and service providers that continue to receive prominent global recognition.
For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s Website at www.visitjamaica.com or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422).