Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Jamaica on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Jamaica.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with any UK government testing requirements. Test providers can be found on the Visit Jamaica website.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will need to self-isolate until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment in Jamaica.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Jamaica

Anyone with colds, coughs and flu symptoms is required to stay at home. All persons over the age of 60 and over must self-isolate at home, except for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Accommodation

Hotels and private rentals are open in Jamaica, subject to the Government of Jamaica guidance above. Travellers are advised to confirm arrangements before travelling.

Public places and services

There is a nightly curfew in place from 12 midnight to 5am.

Other restrictions continue:

  • outdoor events (e.g. concerts, parties, festivals and community events) are limited to 100 persons

  • gyms, restaurants, bars etc. are allowed 50% capacity of the square footage
  • it is mandatory to wear masks in public and maintain a minimum personal distance of six feet
  • people aged 60 and over are confined to home, except for those who are fully vaccinated who are exempt
  • places of worship have a capacity limit determined by size of area
  • companies’ annual general meetings may take place with a limit of 100 people attending
  • crusades [inter-church meetings], conferences or conventions are not allowed
  • wedding ceremonies can be performed with an attendance limit of 100 people
  • funeral services are permitted with up to 20 people in attendance. 30 minute burials are only permitted from Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, with no more than 15 people in attendance, including clergy, gravediggers and undertakers
  • the main business district, the Corporate Area of Kingston, will be restricted for the purposes of essential activity and residents should only venture out for such purposes
  • amusement arcades are closed
  • beaches, rivers and water attractions will close at 5pm
  • beach parties are not permitted
  • concerts, parties and boat parties are banned
  • nightclubs and amusements will be closed

Healthcare in Jamaica

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should contact the Jamaican Ministry of Health on +1-888-ONE-LOVE (663-5683) or on the other numbers available.

Isolation facilities are operational at all public hospitals, with a specialist facility available at the National Chest Hospital. Quarantine facilities will be provided by the Government of Jamaica. For additional information check the Jamaican Ministry of Health website.

For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health

View Health for further details on healthcare in Jamaica.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Jamaica

Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country where they live. We will update this page when the Government of Jamaica announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Jamaican national vaccination programme started in April 2021 and is predominantly using the AstraZeneca vaccine, although other vaccines may be available in limited supply. The Jamaican authorities have confirmed that they have and will continue, to offer vaccines to foreign residents who fall into the eligible categories, as and when these are applied to Jamaican citizens. Further information on the vaccination programme is available on the Government of Jamaica’s Ministry of Health and Wellness website.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Jamaica, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Help and support

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.

Further information

For further information visit the Jamaican Ministry of Health website.