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 COVID-19 Specific Information for Traveling to Jamaica

  • All persons intending to travel to Jamaica will need to secure BOTH a Travel Authorization AND a recent COVID-19 test before checking in at the airport. The Travel Authorization application requires information for the Customs/Immigration Form, information on the intended place of stay or residence and a COVID-19 health questionnaire.

  • The on-line application for Travel Authorization is at

  • The Travel Authorization is required before travelers can check in at the airline, or be allowed entry into Jamaica.

  • All travelers to Jamaica will need to undergo a COVID-19 PCR/swab test upon entry to the island. This applies to both Jamaican Nationals and Visitors.

  • Travelers who return a positive test will be required to be quarantined in a government approved facility, at the traveler’s cost. All travelers are encouraged to travel with health insurance.

  • Results from the swab test are generally available within 24 – 48 hours. During that time, travelers are required to stay in place at home or at their hotels

COVID-19 Testing requirements to Enter Jamaica

  • Click here for detailed test requirements

  • Click here to find a CLIA registered lab near you (click 'advanced search') 

  • Please note:

    • ​Only results from oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal samples will be accepted for PCR tests

    • Only results from nasopharyngeal samples will be accepted for Antigen tests

    • Antibody tests will NOT be accepted

    • Results from home-based test kits will NOT be accepted. 

    • The test must be conducted by a medical laboratory with one of the following credentials:

      • Accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP)

      • Registered by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA).

      • ISO 15189 certification

    • The date of the sample collection must be less than 10 days from the date of travel to Jamaica. For example: for a travel date of October 20, the earliest the test sample may be collected is October 11.


Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine in the USA

  • ​Individuals looking to be vaccinated anywhere in the United States can visit or text their zip code to 438829 to receive a text with the closest COVID-19 vaccine location

COVID-19 Testing requirements to Enter the USA (Returning from Jamaica)

  1. Per recent CDC guidelines effective Jan 26, 2021 (*) all air passengers two years of age and over entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) must present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three (3) calendar days of departure​, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days for return entry into the US. You need both a negative COVID-19 test and a passenger attestation form confirming the accuracy of the test result. Please see this link from the US Department of State for more details: (*)

  2. Where do you go to get this test in Jamaica? Most hotels will either have testing capability on site or can arrange a testing center for you. Test results are typically available within 24-48 hours. If you're staying at a hotel, I'd suggest checking with them. A list of other approved testing centers in Jamaica can be found here -- 

COVID-19 Information about Jamaica


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