Jamaica lowered to Level 1 travel advisory by CDC | Loop Jamaica

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States has downgraded Jamaica to a Level 1 designation in its latest COVID-19 travel advisory to its citizens, which was released this week.

Countries classified as Level 1 have low cases of the virus.

Joining just a handful of countries globally at Level 1, Jamaica’s case levels have steadily decreased over recent months.

According to Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, with the destination at its lowest level for COVID-19 risk since the pandemic began, a strong tourism rebound can continue to occur.

“A Level 1 travel advisory is amongst the best news the tourism industry can hope for,” said Bartlett. “This reduced designation is a testament to the work of our Government and the Jamaican people as well as a hopeful incentive to keep our tourism recovery moving forward.”

Bartlett noted that visitor arrivals to Jamaica have been increasing, with hopes of full recovery in 2023.

“In 2021, Jamaica welcomed more than 1.5 million visitor arrivals to our shores. These visitors’ on-island spend contributed over US$2.095 billion into our country’s economy, positively impacting local businesses and tourism stakeholders,” said Bartlett.

“For 2022, the outlook for the tourism sector remains positive with projections for approximately 2.45 to 2.5 million visitor arrivals and a total visitor spend of about US$2.9 billion.”

The health and safety of every visitor and citizen remains one of Jamaica’s top priorities through its comprehensive Jamaica CARES protocols. The protocols were among the first to receive the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Safe Travels recognition that allowed the destination to safely reopen in June of 2020.

While Jamaica requires a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) or antigen test conducted within three days prior to travel, additional travel protocols, including the removal of the island’s Travel Authorisation Form and travel-related quarantine, were updated as of March 1.

“Travelers can continue to rest assured that our island is among the safest choices in the Caribbean and in the world,” said Bartlett.