Reopening guide to Jamaica for tourists
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
Editor’s note: This post was originally published on June 15, 2020, and was updated with new information on Nov. 6, 2021.
Even though Jamaica reopened for tourism in June 2020, the island country continues to update its guidance for travelers. Health advisories remain fluid, so if you’re planning a trip to Jamaica, it’s best to keep a close watch on the current protocols for safe travell.
For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox including what other nations are open, sign up for our daily newsletter.
What you need to visit Jamaica
Jamaica is currently under Travel Advisory Level 3 meaning the Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel, due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions. As of Sept. 7, Jamaica was also on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s list of places to avoid traveling to due to increasing case levels of COVID-19.
If you do plan to travel, you will need an approved Travel Authorization form prior to boarding a flight to Jamaica. The form must be submitted within seven days of the intended travel date. Additionally, all travelers ages 12 and up are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed by an accredited lab for which the sample was collected within three days of the travel date.
Upon arrival, tourists must remain within the COVID-19 resiliency corridor comprised of two parts. The first part spans the northern coastline between Negril and Portland along the main road. The second part spans the South Coast segment running from Milk River in Clarendon westward to Negril in Westmoreland Only hotels, villas, apartments, guest houses and home stays that are designated as COVID-19 Protocol Compliant Approved Listings are permitted to host guests during this time.
Related: Reopening guide to the Caribbean
How to get there
Sangster International (MBJ) is the largest airport in Jamaica and is based in Montego Bay. Major airlines such as American, Delta, JetBlue and Southwest all have a variety of flights to MBJ and other parts of Jamaica.
Related: Visiting Jamaica with family
American Airlines has multiple non-stop flights from MIA to MBJ in January. A roundtrip flight starts at $259 for basic economy, $339 for main cabin or 20,000 miles ($141.76) and $804 for business class or 70,000 miles (+$141.76).
You could fly via Delta Airlines from ATL to MBJ in January. Roundtrip tickets for basic economy starts at $390, main cabin is $415 or 23,000 miles (+148), Delta Comfort+ seats are at $748 or 53,000 miles (+$142) and first class seats are $1,689 or 157,000 miles (+$142) per person.
Where to Stay
Major hotel chains have properties throughout Jamaica. From Hilton’s Montego Bay all-inclusive resort, the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, as well as Hyatt’s all-inclusive properties Zilara Rose Hall and AC Marriott in Kingston are on the list of approved hotels from Jamaica’s Tourism board.
Hilton‘s Rose Hall Resorts & Spa starts at $334 per night for a January stay. The all-inclusive resort includes meals, beach activities, access to Sugar Mill Falls Waterpark and more in Montego Bay.
If you wanted to stay at Hyatt’s Zilara Rose Hall an adults-only, all-inclusive resort in January it would cost $526 per night or 40,000 World of Hyatt points per night. All meals, drinks (including alcoholic beverages), 24-hour room service, entertainment and non-motorized sports are included in your stay.
Related: Review of the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall
In Kingston there are many options on the approved list as well. One of them is Marriott‘s AC Hotel Kingston, which starts at $153 per night for a January stay. It is a category 4 hotel which will set you back 20,000 points per night for off-peak days, 25,000 per night for standard and 30,000 per night for peak. Note that come March 2022, Marriott is switching to dynamic award pricing, and will do away with its existing award charts.
Additional reporting by Clint Henderson and Liz Ramanand.
The birthplace of reggae, Jamaica is a perennial favorite with travelers. Clear guidelines make it easy for international visitors to enjoy everything this destination has to offer. There are many more options for nonstop flights are available on major carriers and hotel options exist in popular loyalty program categories.
Featured image by Narvikk /Getty Images
Welcome to The Points Guy!
Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.
With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
- Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.
- Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs up to two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
- Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
- Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide including takeout and delivery in the U.S., and at U.S. supermarkets.
- Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
- Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $80 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
- Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
- Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck® after you apply through any Authorized Enrollment Provider. If approved for Global Entry, at no additional charge, you will receive access to TSA PreCheck.
- Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- $250 Annual Fee.
- Terms Apply.
- See Rates & Fees