Jamaica and British visitors

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As the winter summer season gears up in the Caribbean, Jamaica has announced that there will be at least 16 flights per week from the United Kingdom, bringing the island back to the same seat capacity as it had prior to the pandemic.

horse rider on Jamaica Half Moon Beach
Half Moon Beach in Jamaica, a popular destination for British holidaymakers

Jamaica, its airline partners and tour operators seem pretty convinced that the country will have a strong bounce back this winter.

At the World Travel Market in London this week, a strong delegation from the Caribbean island pointed to the strong upsurge in flights.

TUI will operate six flights per week and both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic will have five flights per week. In all these flights will link Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham with Jamaica. Boosting the interest in Jamaica will be the fact that people can fly from some regions directly to Jamaica without having the hassle of getting to London.

Since the death of Air Jamaica over five years ago, the bofficial airline of Jamaica – Caribbean Airways – no longer connects with the UK preferring to concentrate on Jamaica’s main source of incoming visitors, the USA.

In pre-pandemic days over two hundred thousand of us would visit Jamaica each year to holiday and to catch up with the many friends and relatives that have family in the UK.

At the time of writing, if you plan to visit Jamaica, everyone over the age of twelve will have to have evidence of a negative COVID test result, (it can be PCR or antigen) the test having been taken within 72 hours of the travel date.

However there are still regulations in place within Jamaica that you should know. Check with the Jamaica Tourist Board website or the FCDO as there are likely to be changes in the weeks ahead.

It would be preferable if you stayed in licenced accommodation in one of the two Resilient Corridors and before travelling you need to complete and submit a travel authorisation form. On arrival you may be tested at the airport.

In the north of the island there is one of the two corridors and it stretches from the northern coastline to Port Antonio in Portland The other is in the south and runs from Milk River in Clarendon westward to Negril in Westmoreland.

Wherever you are there is a nightly curfew from 8pm until 5am.

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