CDC downgrades Jamaica’s COVID travel risk | News

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has moved Jamaica from level 4 to level 3 in its COVID-19 travel advisory for citizens.

Updated yesterday.

The Tier 4 rating is a country with a very high level of COVID-19 and people should avoid traveling to the destination.

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The country is classified as a Tier 3 country as having a high level of COVID-19 and travelers should ensure they are fully vaccinated before travelling.

Unprotected travelers should avoid non-essential travel to these destinations.

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In response to the development, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said this was welcome news.

“This is a very positive development. I would like to commend our health authorities and the people of Jamaica for working to reduce the rates of COVID-19 infection and hospitalization, which bodes well for our risk assessment ratings. Furthermore, the Flexible Corridor remains a very safe place for visitors and workers alike with vaccination rates. Relatively high and very low infection rates.

Bartlett noted that despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s risk assessments, Americans in general continue to travel to destinations they want to visit.

“The previous level four arrangement caused tensions in some circles and was certainly not good optics. However, with this improved arrangement, it will be very beneficial in our present and bold efforts to increase the access of tourists from all our markets,”

Senior Advisor and Strategic Expert at the Ministry of Tourism, Delano Sivright.

Bartlett is currently in the UK with a high-level team from the Department of Tourism and the Jamaica Tourism Board participating in the World Travel Market, one of the world’s largest international tourism trade fairs.

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