The government of Jamaica has extended the travel ban on flights coming into the country from the United Kingdom until Jan. 31.

Additionally, all non-Jamaicans who have been in the U.K. within the last 14 days prior to intended arrival date in Jamaica who may seek to enter the island through another country will not be permitted to enter Jamaica.

Jamaicans who have been in the U.K. within the 14 days prior to 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.

“The Ministry of Health & Wellness is monitoring the situation in the U.K., including the outcomes of virological investigations, while preparing for an expected surge in local cases of COVID-19,” said Minister of Health and Wellness Christopher Tufton. “These factors will influence the Ministry’s recommendation regarding the lifting of the travel ban.”

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health & Wellness will continue to work with the various airlines to support the repatriation of U.K. residents who are on the island and wish to return to the U.K. Cargo flights from the U.K. will continue to be exempted from the travel ban.

SOURCE: Jamaica Information Services (JIS)

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