Jamaica is reopening to US travelers — here’s what you need to know

The tropical island of Jamaica is among those kicking off the summer travel season in the Caribbean.  Reopening will begin on June 15th, here's what you need to know when planning your next vacation to this hotspot. 

'River-rafting' - One of the highlights on the island


Visitors must stay in the COVID Resilient Corridor which includes the coastline from Negril to Port Antonio.

The island will be reopening in phases, with phase 1 starting June 15, 2020 at which time the country will welcome nationals, non-nationals and business travelers.

When visitors begin to arrive on June 15, they will be screened via thermal temperature checks and symptom observation. If someone's temperature is elevated, the visitor will be subject to additional screening, including testing, if needed. Any visitor who exhibits symptoms or is ill will be subject to quarantine. Also, note that face masks will be mandatory at the airport, in taxis and at the hotels and resorts.

Visitors will be required to 'stay in zone' which means they must stay in a designated geographical area called the COVID-19 Resilient Corridor - this includes the coastline from Negril to Port Antonio.


  • Secure approval online for the Travel Authorization. This is to be completed at www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization and is to be done within 72 hours of checking in. This is a requirement for checking in for your flight.

  • Passengers are encouraged to purchase appropriate travel insurance for their journey.

  • Wear face masks and practice physical distancing throughout the journey.

In Flight

  • Follow the protocols established by the airline for a comfortable flight to Jamaica.

  • Practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene to the extent possible.

Upon Arrival

  • Wear face mask in all public spaces while in Jamaica.

  • Have Travel Authorization available for the Health and Immigration Officials.

  • Be prepared to follow the instructions of these Officials.

  • Proceed through immigration, customs and transfer to their accommodation where they will “Stay in Place” while awaiting their test results.

The health and safety protocols will be revisited every two weeks, so be sure to check with your #tripvax travel advisor for up-to-date guidelines.


Some of the Top Resorts in Jamaica are planning to reopen in time for the June 15 relaunch, all of which are incorporating their own extensive health and safety measures.

Photo courtesy of Sandals and Beaches

  • Sandals Resorts

  • Beaches Resorts

  • Hedonism (July 1)

  • Couples Resorts (July 1)

  • RIU Negril

  • RIU Palace Tropical Bay

  • Secrets Wild Orchid (August 1)


Jamaica presents a magnificent palette of experiences, a kaleidoscope of colors and sounds that make our island the most precious jewel in the Caribbean. We are a land of unique culture, engaging activities, breathtaking landscapes, and a warm, welcoming people.

The beat of reggae. The searing smell of jerk over the fire. The swizzle of rum in your glass. No place on earth provides the range of attractions and the cultural diversity that can be found here. No place on earth feels like it. No place on earth shines like it. Jamaica, the home of rhythm and sway.


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