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    The Official Stay In Zone Rules - August 1st to Sept 30

    The wording for tourists from the VisitJamaica.com site:

    Non-residents visiting Jamaica for tourism purposes and staying within the “resilient corridor” (a defined geographical area designated for tourism purposes)

    Note that based on health screening and risk assessment on arrival, persons may still be required to be tested at the airport or designated facility, if, for example, they are exhibiting symptoms or belong to a high risk group despite presenting a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test certificate. In this case, they would await their test result in their hotel room. If the test is negative, they would remain at their hotel/resort within the “resilient corridor” under the “stay in zone” measure. As of August 7, 2020, they will be allowed to leave the hotel/resort to visit attractions within the resilient corridor.

    Stay in zone–This measure applies only for tourist visitors who are staying in the “resilient corridor” designated for tourism purposes. Under this measure, persons are required to remain at their hotel/resort within the corridor for the duration of their stay until August 6, 2020. Effective August 7, 2020, tourists in the corridor can leave the hotel/resort to visit any amusement park, water park, or water attraction, certified by the Jamaica Tourist Board to be a COVID-19 resilient licensed attraction located within the corridor, while adhering to applicable protocols. Travel to and from the attraction must be on transportation licensed under the Tourist Board Act.



    The official wording from the Office of the Prime Minister Disaster Management Act #11 - paragraphs 9 and 12 are referenced frequently:

    Paragraph 9.

    9.—(1) A person in Jamaica who develops a respiratory illness or flu-like symptoms and who may have had contact with someone who—

    (a) has travelled to a country affected by the SARS – CoV-2(Coronavirus COVID-19); or

    (b) is infected with the SARS – CoV-2 (Coronavirus COVID-19) or has been exposed to a person so infected, shall forthwith inform the Ministry with responsibility for health and wellness(at 888-ONE-LOVE (888-663-5683), 888-754-7792, 876-542-5998, 876-542-6007,or 876-542-6006) and comply with all applicable directions given, and requirements imposed by, a Medical Officer (Health), a Medical Officer, a public health officer or a nurse registered under the Nurses and Midwives Act.

    (2) A person in Jamaica who tests positive for the SARS–CoV-2(Coronavirus COVID-19) shall be quarantined at a facility designated by the Government, or such other place designated by a Medical Officer (Health).

    Paragraph 12.

    12. The following requirements apply to all persons in any public place—

    (a) during the period from August 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020, subject to the exceptions listed in the Fourth Schedule, and except as otherwise provided in this Order, gatherings in any public place shall not exceed 20 persons at a time;

    (b) each person at a gathering in a public place shall maintain a distance of at least 182.88 centimetres (or 6 feet) from other persons (“social distancing”); and

    (c) when in a public place (which, for the avoidance of doubt, includes a workplace and a licensed public passenger vehicle), each person shall wear a mask fitted to that person’s face so as to cover that person’s nose and mouth.

    Now the tourist specific info:

    5.—(1) This paragraph applies in respect of a person—

    (a) who is not ordinarily resident in Jamaica;

    (b) who at any time during the period from August 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020, seeks to enter Jamaica as a tourist; and

    (c) whose intended abode or place of residence in Jamaica is at a place within the area of the Resilient Corridor described in the Second Schedule.

    (2) If the person is 12 years of age or older, the person shall not be permitted to enter Jamaica unless the person provides, with the application for entry, a valid COVID-19 PCR test that—

    (a) is no older than ten days prior to the proposed date of entry; and

    (b) shows that the person tested negative for the SARS – CoV-2(Coronavirus COVID-19).

    (3) Subject to sub-paragraph (5), a person to whom this paragraph applies and who is permitted to enter Jamaica shall—

    (a) remain at that person’s abode or place of residence within the area of the Resilient Corridor described in the Second Schedule; and

    (b) shall not be required to be tested for the SARS – CoV-2(Coronavirus COVID-19) for the duration of person’s stay in Jamaica pursuant to such permission, unless—

    (i) the assessment conducted under paragraph 3 determines that the person poses a high risk of transmission of the SARS – CoV-2 (Coronavirus COVID-19); or

    (ii) the person displays symptoms of the SARS – CoV-2(Coronavirus COVID-19).

    (4) A person to whom any of the requirements of this paragraph applies shall—

    (a) comply with all applicable directions given, and requirements imposed, by an authorized officer;

    (b) comply with the provisions of paragraphs 9 to 12; and

    (c) shall only travel on transportation licensed under the Tourist Board Act.

    (5) Notwithstanding sub-paragraph (3), during the period from August7, 2020, to September 30, 2020, a person—

    (a) to whom this paragraph applies; and

    (b) whose abode or place of residence is within the area of any part of the Resilient Corridor described in the Second Schedule, may, subject to the requirements specified in sub-paragraph (6), leave that abode or place of residence to visit any amusement park, water park, or water attraction, that is certified by the Jamaica Tourist Board to be a COVID-19 Resilient licensed attraction located within the area of any part of the Resilient Corridor described in the Second Schedule.

    (6) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (5), the requirements are that the person shall—

    (a) travel to and from the attraction on transportation licensed under the Tourist Board Act; and

    (b) for the duration of the visit to the attraction—

    (i) comply with all applicable provisions of paragraph 14(23);and

    (ii) remain with the family or group with which that person travelled to the attraction.


    https://opm.gov.jm/disaster-risk-man...11-order-2020/
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    Re: The Official Stay In Zone Rules - August 1st to Sept 30

    Rob, I have looked and looked and cannot find that info on Visit Jamaica.

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    Found it! Thanks for the post.

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    Does this mean all tourists need a Covid test 10 days before travel to enter Jamaica? Im coming at the end of September from Canada which is not a high risk country . Thanks for any input

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    Quote Originally Posted by shetrytea View Post
    Does this mean all tourists need a Covid test 10 days before travel to enter Jamaica? Im coming at the end of September from Canada which is not a high risk country . Thanks for any input
    No... so far just the same 4 States in the US
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    Re: The Official Stay In Zone Rules - August 1st to Sept 30

    Quote Originally Posted by shetrytea View Post
    Does this mean all tourists need a Covid test 10 days before travel to enter Jamaica? Im coming at the end of September from Canada which is not a high risk country . Thanks for any input
    I'm sorry Rob. It's not fair that you have to be to "goto person" when it comes to defining what the latest government order is. I'd wait for the booklet "Jamaica Disaster Risk Management for Dummies" but I'm afraid I can't wait that long.

    No where in that act do I see that a previous Covid test is required only for the American hot spot States.

    5.—(1) This paragraph applies in respect of a person—
    (a) who is not ordinarily resident in Jamaica;
    (b) who at any time during the period from August 1, 2020, to September
    30, 2020, seeks to enter Jamaica as a tourist; and
    (c) whose intended abode or place of residence in Jamaica is at a place
    within the area of the Resilient Corridor described in the Second
    Schedule.

    From the way I read that, everyone entering Jamaica as a tourist will have to have a test at least 10 days prior. The only other question I have is, this order doesn't touch on private vehicles. It mentions travel within the resilient zone;

    (c) shall only travel on transportation licensed under the Tourist Board
    Act.

    Which I take as not to travel in an unlicensed, non-red plate taxi, but can I drive my own vehicle??

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    The wording is from the Disaster Risk Management Act #11. The wording for the high risk is in an earlier Disaster Risk Management Act. Not sure which one, but it still applies.

    Car rental companies are renting cars to visitors, so driving yourself is an option. Having your own car makes it that much easier. But you would be required to remain in the Covid Resilient Corridor.

    I think you may be in a different category of visitor unless you stay at one of the certified properties. If you don't stay in one of the certified properties, I would check which traveler category applies:

    https://www.visitjamaica.com/travela...er-categories/
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