Jamaica has joined a growing list of countries that have issued a travel ban against the United Kingdom following growing concerns over a fast-spreading strain of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
A statement issued Monday morning by the Ministry of Health and Wellness said the ban takes effect immediately and will prohibit all flights from the UK to Jamaica for an initial two-week period ending January 4, 2021.
But, despite the ban, the ministry has advised that flights coming into country over the next 24 hours and outbound flights to the UK will be allowed up to midnight Tuesday, December 22.
“The country is expecting three flights from the UK over the next 24 hours, one of which is already enroute, however passengers who board those flights will be subjected to a minimum of 48-hour state quarantine and PCR testing,” the statement said.
It advised that passengers who test negative will be fitted with armbands for monitoring and released to complete their 14-day quarantine at home, while those found to be positive will be isolated in state facilities until they recover.