Jamaica extends ban on flights from UK

January 01, 2021

The Government of Jamaica has extended the ban on flights from the United Kingdom until January 31, 2021.

The travel ban was originally scheduled to end on January 4.

The measure is aimed at preventing the transmission of the new COVID-19 strain which has been widely detected in the UK.

According to the Health Ministry, Jamaicans arriving through other countries within 14 days of leaving the United Kingdom will be tested and placed in state quarantine for 48 hours.

If their results return a negative sample, they will be released into home quarantine, and if positive, they will be transferred to state isolation.

However, non-Jamaicans who have been in the UK for up to 14 days before seeking to visit Jamaica through other countries will be banned.

On December 21, Jamaica allowed the final flight from the United Kingdom.

Twenty of the passengers tested positive and have since been in state quarantine.

The analysis of their samples from the Caribbean Public Health Agency to determine if they are positive for the new COVID strain, will soon be provided to the Health Ministry 

At the same time, the ministry says the government is working with various airlines to support the repatriation of UK residents who are in Jamaica and wish to go back home.

Cargo flights are continuing to the UK.

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