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Posted: Monday, October 12, 2020. 3:24 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Government of Jamaica has rolled out several changes to the pretesting requirement for travelers coming into the country, according to the Jamaica Observer.

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness said that the changes, which came into effect on October 10, were made to streamline his government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to travel.

The changes include expanding the type of tests that are accepted to include both antigen testing and PCR tests; removing the requirement for applicants on the visit Jamaica platform to upload their COVID-19 test certificates, however, they will still be required to show their usual travel authorization when checking in for their flights; and removing the pretesting requirement for Jamaican residents applying for their travel through the Jamcovid site.

“We are targeting an effective date of November 1, 2020. This plan will provide for local medical care and air ambulance services where necessary for visitors who fall ill while in Jamaica,” Holness told the House of Representatives.

Jamaica reopened its borders for international tourists in June. The country has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases and recently has rolled out several measures to help contain the spread of the virus, such as instituting a curfew. Jamaica has confirmed 7,813 cases of COVID-19, with 146 people losing their lives to the virus.

 

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