Traveling from the United States to Jamaica during the pandemic requires a few additional requirements to ensure you are traveling Covid free...
On our recent baby moon vacation in September 2021 there was heightened concerns regarding traveling to Jamaica during a Covid-19 case increase. Our trip was initially scheduled for the summer of 2020 as an anniversary trip, it was postponed due to the initial Covid-19 outbreak and lockdowns. The airline and boutique hotel offered re-booking instead of refunding our money. While United Airlines offered 2 years to reschedule our trip, the boutique hotel only offered one year.
Since we were now faced with a use it or lose it situation we decided to elevated our safety protocols and take the trip to Negril Jamaica celebrate expecting our first child. While the travel requirements were more extensive than normal it certainly was worth the additional pre-cautions and steps to ensure a safe a covid- free travel experience.
This blog is to inform you more about the covid testing requirements and options when flying to Jamaica during this time.
When gathering the correct documents and requirements to travel, looking at the United Airlines app visiting the Travel- Ready Center is very helpful with guiding you through the up to date requirements for your trip. Click the link to United Airlines Travel Center The Travel Center provides a check-list and reminders of what is needed prior to check-in.
- Verification of passport
- Jamaica travel authorization forms
- The travel approved types of Covid test to entry into the country of travel.
- The ability to order the approved home covid test for returning to the United States. ( Not all tests are accepted, be sure to purchase the correct kind.)
During the time of our trip regardless if you are vaccinated or not, a Covid test showing you are negative for having Covid-19 is required to travel to Jamaica. The test is also not be the same as the typical free test offered at local facilities. The Covid-19 test we were required to take was called a SARS-COV-2 PCR Anterior Nares test, the cost of this test was $139.00. The test must be completed within 3 days (72 hours) of travel and negative results can be loaded directly to the United Airlines app, or bring the negative results letter to a gate agent for review and check-in.
Prior to leaving the states we opted to order the Abbott Covid-19 Home Test approved for airline travel via the United Airlines app. The testing kit was shipped to our home address using Fed Ex delivery and arrived in about a week. We selected to use this option to avoid the hassle of locating a testing facility in Jamaica to complete the test for the return flight home. Some of the larger resorts and popular all-inclusive hotels may offer testing with your stay, however we were staying at a small remote boutique hotel and did not have that option included with our stay.
The cost of the Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test kit is $69.99 (free shipping) and included 2 tests in the package. Only one is required, but its good to have two just in case something goes wrong.
The above video shows the completion process of getting the results of the Covid-19 home test.
Completing the Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card test requires an internet connection and the FaceTime type capacities on your phone or device. You do not open the kit until you are actually on the video call with the practitioner who will explain the process, and guide you through the self testing while monitoring. The process takes about 20 minutes to fully complete. The results will be available within 15 minutes or so, and are emailed to you.
You would complete this test within 72 hours of your return flight to the United States. The negative test results can be loaded to the airline app for verification. If you were to test positive for carrying Covid, United Airlines has an option on their app to change your flight arrangements. If you do test positive for Covid-19 you will have to enter a required quarantine period and will be unable to fly during that time.
During our 5 day stay in Negril Jamaica we enjoyed a wonderful time of tranquility and relaxation. We also experienced the times of No Movement, and curfews put in place by the local Jamaican government to help stop the spread of Covid-19. We also observed the safety protocols of some popular restaurants, and other attractions during our stay.
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We hope this blog has been helpful with your future plans to visit Jamaica.