Jamaica is the latest country to relax its Covid entry restrictions. The popular Caribbean destination has dropped its strict test entry requirements for visitors starting April 15 (Friday).
Visitors no longer have to submit a negative antigen or pre-departurePCR result before arriving. Quarantine rules and regulations also apply to all visitors who must complete a travel authorization form. Although it is not mandatory in public places, the rules surrounding face coverings have been changed.
Edmund Bartlett is the country’s tourism minister. He stated: “Eliminating mask requirements and the requirement for travellers to submit a negative Covid result are important steps towards our continued gradual relaxation in travel protocols as the spread continues to decline.” These simpler requirements will increase Jamaica’s appeal as a top destination and help us move forward on the road to stronger recovery for the entire nation’s tourism sector.
Holidaymakers were advised that they could still be tested upon arrival at their destination for signs of Covid symptoms. The UK Foreign Office confirmed the changes, saying: “The requirement that travellers present a negative Covid screening before travel expires on April 15. If a traveller arrives in Jamaica and is deemed high-risk due to symptoms or exposure to others who have tested positive for Covid, or any other risk factors, they may still be tested.
Screening and testing at arrival
On April 15, travellers were no longer required to submit a negative COVID test before they could travel. If a traveller arrives in Jamaica and is deemed high-risk, they may be tested for COVID-19. At the airport, travellers may be tested for symptoms.
Entry requirements for regular entry
British citizens don’t require a visa to travel to Jamaica. Most visitors are granted entry for 90 days.
Your passport will contain the date you must leave Jamaica. You can extend your stay beyond the date stamped in your passport.
Further information on entry requirements can be found at the Jamaican High Commission.
Your passport must be valid for the duration of your proposed stay. You don’t need to add any further validity.
UK Emergency Travel Documents
The UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry into and exit from Jamaica. A police report is not required if your passport was stolen unless it’s for insurance purposes. You will need a visa to enter the USA if you are travelling through the USA with an ETD. ETDs cannot be used for entry under the Visa Waiver Programme.
Requirements for yellow fever certificates
Visit the TravelHealthPro website to see if you are eligible for a yellow fever certificate.
Taxes at arrival and departure
Charter flights are not subject to the same taxes as regular tickets. However, the cost of the ticket usually includes both arrival and departure taxes. Air passengers pay a US $35 departure tax. If you are unsure if the tax was included in your ticket, check with your carrier. Cruise ship passengers pay landing fees. These fees are typically included in the price of the cruise.
Local currency (Jamaican Dollars) can be brought into the country. You must declare all currencies and monetary instruments exceeding US$10,000 on your customs forms.
Personal imports from the UK of meat and dairy products are prohibited. The customs officers may search the baggage and destroy prohibited foodstuffs.
The Best Places to Go in Jamaica
Jamaica is an island nation in the Caribbean. It’s known for its lush rainforests and extraordinary coral reefs. It also has powder-soft beaches and stunning blue waters. It is known as the birthplace of reggae and has a lot to offer in terms of personality, Caribbean Rum, and African charm. You can’t ask for more from a vacation on the beach.
We couldn’t choose just one of the many amazing highlights that this island has to offer. Here are some of the top places to see in Jamaica.
Negril is Jamaica’s most beautiful stretch of white sand and dramatic cliff tops with turquoise sea. Negril, which is known as one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches, stretches from Bloody Bay in western Jamaica to Long Bay. Negril, a paradise for water-lovers, is dotted with high-end resorts and coconut palms.
You could even try a different watersport each day during your stay, including parasailing, diving, paddleboarding and cliff jumping from the Negril Cliffs. Although Seven Mile Beach is only four miles long, it offers an almost endless beachfront paradise. You can snorkel around Long Bay’s coral reefs, visit Mayfield Falls and soak in the Blue Hole Mineral Springs. The largest water park in Jamaica, Kool Runnings Adventure Park, is a favourite with kids.
If that’s not enough to lure you to Negril, there are beautiful golf courses, sunset catamaran cruises and nightlife to match. Enjoy unlimited drinks at Tiki Pon da Sea, Negril’s floating tiki bar. You can also enjoy a cocktail watching Rick’s Cafe’s cliff jumpers. The One Love Bus offers a reggae pub crawl.
You’re in luck if you are looking for a beach vacation. Montego Bay is home to some of the best beaches on the island, but it’s also one of the most touristy. It’s also a popular cruise port. There are luxurious resorts and undulating courses of golf, as well as beautiful white-sand beaches.
Montego Bay gained popularity after an English osteopath claimed that the water was healing. This quiet village was transformed by the influx of tourists into Jamaica’s most popular tourist destination.
Sun-seekers today will love Doctor’s Cave Beach, one of Jamaica’s most beautiful beaches, and Walter Fletcher Beach, which is a family favourite, thanks to its amusement park. Montego Bay Marine Park is home to some of the best diving and snorkelling. Other activities include swimming and riding horses, exploring Green Grotto Caves (where Bond’s Live and Let Die was shot), river rafting and playing golf at Cinnamon Hill Golf Club. This former sugar plantation boasts spectacular views.
Rose Hall Great House is a Jamaican Georgian-style home with a fascinating history. A visit to Croydon in The Mountains, which is home to a working coffee, pineapple plantain plantation, honey, and citrus plantation, is a must.
Dunn’s River Falls
One of Jamaica’s most popular tourist attractions is Dunn’s River Falls. You’ll see why so many tourists trek 90 minutes each year to see this stunning waterfall. The terraced waterfalls, which measure 180 feet in height and 600 feet in length, are as Instagram-worthy as you can get.
There are many waterfalls on the island, but Dunn’s River Falls is by far the most famous. The falls, which are located in Ochos Rios and cascade into Little Dunn’s River Beach, make it one of the most unique travertine waterfalls anywhere on Earth. They are also one of the few waterfalls where you can climb in to take a dip in the rock pools.
Guided hikes to the waterfalls are offered by many tours, as well as catamaran cruises from Ochos Rios and Montego Bay. You can bring a picnic to enjoy the waterfall’s base if you are visiting alone. You’ll get wet so make sure to bring water shoes and a swimming suit. To avoid crowds on the cruise ships, visit in the morning or later in the afternoon.
The Blue Mountains are a beautiful region for adventure seekers. It is home to picturesque waterfalls, hiking and biking trails, as well as coffee plantations. The 45-kilometre-long mountain range, named after the blueish fog that covers its peaks, is the longest in Jamaica and the longest in the Caribbean. The top peak, the ultimate goal for the most daring, offers views as far as Cuba on good days.
You can access dirt tracks by foot, bicycle, or four-wheel-drive vehicles up the mountain slopes. You’ll see authentic mountain villages, farmlands, and over 500 species of flowers and trees as you make your way up.
Many rural communities can be visited today, as the Blue Mountains was once a refuge for Taino slaves. You can also enjoy bird watching or coffee tours. The famous Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is amazing!
The capital, located along the south-eastern coast of the island, is the largest and most populous city. Kingston dates back to 1692. It was established after Port Royal and the harbour mouth was destroyed in an earthquake.
A guided tour of Fort Charles will allow you to discover the capital’s rich history. The colonial-era Devon House is one of Kingston’s most iconic heritage sites. You can also visit the Bob Marley Museum and the National Gallery of Jamaica. This gallery houses the oldest public art collection in the English-speaking Caribbean.
Enjoy the great outdoors by taking a picnic at Hollywell National Park, visiting Hope Botanical Garden or strolling along the harborfront. You can practice your bargaining skills at Coronation Market, Jamaica’s largest farmer’s market. If you want to salsa dance, head to Dub Club for a Sunday reggae celebration.
You can enjoy the Caribbean sunshine by paddling to Lime Cay. This island paradise is just off the mainland. You can learn to surf or soak in the Rockfort Mineral Baths. Or just enjoy a rum cocktail. Jamaica is the rum capital!
Ochos Rios, a resort along the northern coast, is very popular. It was once a small fishing village that had a few English, Spanish and pirate residents. Now it is a busy cruise port with high-end hotels and lush mountains. Although it is one of the most famous resorts, it is still quieter than Montego Bay.
Ochos Rios’s focus is more on nature than beaches. It is also known as the “Garden Parish”, and it boasts lush tropical plants, meandering streams, and cascading falls, including Jamaica’s most iconic natural attraction, Dunn’s River Falls. (more details later). You can zip-line through the rainforest, go river rafting or tubing on the White and Black rivers. There are also dolphin encounters at Dolphin Cove and horseback riding on the beaches.
Enjoy great duty-free shopping and party the night away in Margaritaville, the town’s top entertainment district. You can also discover the filming locations for two Bond films: Dr No (1962) and Live and Let Die (1973). You can even stay at Goldeneye, which was once the home of James Bond writer Ian Fleming. This is a great option for Bond lovers who are serious about their Bond obsession!