Kingston – Jamaica’s journey ban on the UK (UK), slated to come back to an finish on Friday won’t be prolonged, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett stated.
The ban, which was instituted as a part of the measures underneath Jamaica’s Catastrophe Danger Administration Act, can be lifted as of Saturday, Could 1.
“On Saturday Could 1, Jamaica will reopen its borders to worldwide guests from the UK. This can allow the crucial gateways of Heathrow and Gatwick airports, to have transit for passengers coming by way of and who’re totally compliant with well being and security protocols required for worldwide journey,” Bartlett stated.
The ban introduced journey between Jamaica and the UK to a halt and was completed as a part of the island’s efforts to scale back the unfold of the coronavirus (COVID-19). A number of nations across the globe have additionally been pressured to institute comparable journey bans as part of their COVID-19 administration measures. Nevertheless, with the worldwide deployment of COVID-19 vaccines there was a rise in confidence because it pertains to journey and tourism.
“Jamaica’s place presently is crucial in relation to the opening up of the summer time vacationer season and actually, the significance of enabling the diaspora, significantly the sturdy British clientele which have all the time come to the island.
“The lifting of the ban can be towards the background of the improved vaccination programme within the UK and the truth that fairly near 50 per cent of UK residents have obtained their second dose of vaccinations,” Bartlett stated.
Since reopening its borders final June, Jamaica has welcomed roughly 1.5 million guests underneath the island’s strong well being and security protocols.
“The opening of the borders is vital within the context of not simply Jamaica’s tourism however Caribbean tourism, as so many of those nations profit from transiting by way of Jamaica for British and European nationals.
“It is necessary additionally towards the background of the current name by the Caribbean Tourism Group urging a assessment of the categorization of Caribbean nations by the UK; given the truth that we have now the bottom loss of life charges and highest restoration charges and exemplary COVID-19 administration,” added Bartlett. (CMC)