Jamaica extends travel ban on the UK

Jamaicans in the United Kingdom will have to wait until January 31 to be able to return home as the government has extended the travel ban on the UK.

Jamaicans who have been in the UK within the 14 days before intended arrival date, and who seek to enter the island through another country will be tested and placed in State quarantine for a minimum of 48 hours until the results are returned. If negative, they will be allowed to transfer to home quarantine to complete the 14 day mandatory quarantine period. If positive, they will be transferred to isolation at a location that is approved by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

But if you are a non-Jamaican who has been in the UK within the last 14 days before your intended arrival date in Jamaica, you will not be allowed to come to Jamaica through another country.

Minister of Health & Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton said the Ministry is monitoring the situation in the UK.

He also indicated that his Ministry will continue to work with the various airlines to support UK residents who are on the island and wish to return to the UK. He added that cargo flights from the UK will continue to be exempted from the travel ban.

A new variant of the coronavirus said to be 70 per cent more contagious first emerged in the UK.