Hotels and restaurants have implemented a strict protocol to keep guests safe.

By Alison Fox
June 11, 2020
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Jamaica will reopen its borders for international travel on June 15, requiring arriving passengers to undergo a temperature check and introducing protocols for tourism industries.

During Phase 1 of Jamaica’s reopening — from June 15 to June 30 — tourism will be restricted to a “Covid-19 Resilient Corridor” along the coast from Negril to Port Antonio, and the country has implemented a comprehensive and stringent set of safety protocols.

“Tourism is the lifeblood of our local economy, and with the help of international experts and a dedicated task force, we have developed protocols that allow us to safely reopen our borders,” Donovan White, Jamaica’s director of tourism, said in a statement shared with Travel + Leisure. “We are confident that as we restart our economy, Jamaicans will work together to ensure a safe, secure and seamless experience for our tourism workers, their families, and visitors, while preserving the authentic experiences travelers seek when they visit our shores.”

Credit: Courtesy of Jamaica Tourism Board

When it comes to hotels, Jamaica will require each hotel to designate at least one employee at a time as a “Covid-19 Safety Point Person” to conduct spot checks, according to the Jamaica Tourist Board . Hotels will also have to take the temperatures of staff at the beginning of each shift, place hands-free sanitizer dispensers or hand washing stations at the entrance, and sanitize elevators at least once every 60 to 90 minutes.

Restaurants must reduce seating capacity to 70 percent and eliminate self-service on buffets.

At the beach or pools, umbrellas and chairs have to be placed six feet apart and parties are limited to 10 people or less. A physical distancing officer will be on hand to patrol public beaches.

Travelers will also have to complete a travel declaration form indicating if they have or have had symptoms of COVID-19.

On June 1, Jamaica allowed most people to return to work and allowed bars to reopen with capacity restrictions, according to the Jamaica Tourist Board. For its part, Southwest has said it intends to resume flights from Baltimore and Orlando to Montego Bay.