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13 juin 2020 | 04h17 UTC

Jamaica: Borders to reopen June 15 /update 7

Jamaica Alerte de sécurité

Jamaican government announces reopening of borders on June 15; heed authorities’ directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 13/6/2020, 10h00 until 1/7/2020, 6h00 (America/Jamaica). COUNTRY/REGION Jamaica

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The Jamaican government has announced that the country's borders will reopen to international travelers on Monday, June 15, having previously closed them due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The US Embassy in Kingston reported that international arrivals will be tested for COVID-19. 

A curfew remains in effect between 21:00 (local time) through 05:00 until Sunday, June 14, after which the hours will be revised to between 22:00 and 05:00 through Tuesday, June 30. Workers in essential services are exempt from the curfew but will be required to provide a photo ID to prove their employment.

Gatherings of over ten people remain banned. The wearing of facing masks in public is mandatory in addition to social distancing of 2 m (6 ft). As of Sunday, June 7, all public beaches are open with strict social distancing measures in place.

As of Saturday, June 13, 614 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Jamaica, as well as ten associated deaths. Further international spread of COVID-19 is expected over the coming days and weeks.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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