As you may recall, I visited the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa the first week of March, 2021. Before I left, I was required to receive an antigen COVID test 10 days prior to my departure day. News reports are now saying that Jamaica has changed the COVID test requirement.
TravelandLeisure.com is reporting, “After a recent rise in COVID-19 cases, Jamaica is tightening its testing restrictions for visitors.
Starting March 10, anyone arriving in Jamaica will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three days of their arrival. Previously, tests were accepted from up to 10 days before. The order applies to all travelers aged 12 or older.
Travelers can use Jamaica’s Online Test Calculator to determine when they should take their tests before their trip. Jamaica will only accept PCR, NAA, RNA or antigen tests for entry.
Before visiting, travelers must complete an online travel authorization form two to five days before their trip. After completing the form, travelers will undergo a health risk assessment, then receive their travel authorization form which they must show at the airport in order to enter Jamaica.”
Keep in mind that the CDC “may” allow cruises to resume sailing from U.S. ports mid-summer. Unfortunately, 95% of passengers will be required to provide proof that they have received the vaccine! The Palladium Hotel Group is not requiring guests to receive the vaccine prior to enjoying their resorts!
I’ve heard from many of my friends that they won’t be receiving the vaccine, so they won’t be cruising, but those same friends have been visiting all-inclusive resorts during the COVID pandemic. I’m glad that the Palladium Hotel Group is giving free antigen COVID tests to comply with CDC regulations.
Stay tuned to all my social media channels for updates, and a special interview with travel reporter Mark Chestnut.
Full Travel and Leisure story here: https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/jamaica-covid-testing-policy