Jamaica will reopen its borders to travellers from the UK (UK) this weekend, after banning direct flights from that nation simply over 4 months in the past.
Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett mentioned on Thursday that when the ban involves an finish on Friday, April 30, it is not going to be prolonged.
“On Saturday, Could 1, Jamaica will reopen its borders to worldwide guests from the UK. This may allow the important gateways of Heathrow and Gatwick airports, to have transit for passengers coming by way of and who’re absolutely compliant with well being and security protocols required for worldwide journey,” Bartlett mentioned.
The ban was instituted as a part of the measures beneath Jamaica’s Catastrophe Danger Administration Act in December 2020, in response to the unfold of a COVID-19 pressure within the UK, and was prolonged on a number of events since then.
A number of international locations across the globe have additionally been compelled 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 right now is important in relation to the opening up of the summer season vacationer season and in reality, the significance of enabling the diaspora, notably the sturdy British clientele which have at all times 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 p.c of UK residents have obtained their second dose of vaccinations,” Bartlett mentioned.
Since reopening its borders final June, Jamaica has welcomed roughly 1.5 million guests beneath the island’s strong well being and security protocols.
“The opening of the borders is essential within the context of not simply Jamaica’s tourism however Caribbean tourism, as so many of those international locations profit from transiting by way of Jamaica for British and European nationals.
“It is necessary additionally towards the background of the latest name by the Caribbean Tourism Group urging a overview of the categorization of Caribbean international locations 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.