A total of 8,418 Jamaicans have been given approval to return home under the controlled re-entry programme. These Jamaicans would have applied under the Jamcovid system for permission for re-entry.
“These persons are now free to make their bookings on any available flight,” Prime Minister Andrew Holness said during a virtual press conference held at the Office of the Prime Minister.
However, he said, there are 1,355 applicants for which the health and immigration authorities are awaiting responses for their home quarantine assessment questions.
“We have sent out multiple e-mails reminding and asking for this information, and I am making a special appeal to these persons to provide it as soon as possible. We are not able to process your application without this information,” the prime minister said.
In the meantime, Holness is urging Jamaican nationals and non- nationals who are returning to respond truthfully to the questions that are asked of them on the Jamcovid website and to refrain from travelling if they are sick.
“The positive rate of incoming persons is one of the most important factors which is taken into consideration in our risked based management approach to COVID-19,” the prime minister noted.
He further added that “anyone entering the island must observe faithfully and consistently all the measures in place. This will help our numbers to remain below the threshold for tightening up”.