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Jamaica unveils plans for compulsory insurance programme aimed at restoring visitor confidence

Updated: Nov 12, 2020

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October 28th, 2020 - All visitors will pay a $40 fee to receive a series of protection measures for all international arrivals to Jamaica, including cover for up to $100,000 worth of health care.

Jamaican tourism minister, Edmund Bartlett described the initiative as a “ground-breaking, first-of-its-kind” protocol. He said he hoped it could set a template for how tourism globally reacts to cope with the ongoing impact of Covid-19.

“Jamaica Cares is a comprehensive, mandatory programme that delivers traveller protection from the time they leave home until returning.”

Jamaican tourism minister, Edmund Bartlett

The Jamaican tourist authorities believes this initiative will give visitors the peace of mind to travel to the island again knowing their health, wellbeing and finances are protected.

Visitors will receive an information pack and emergency contact details when they complete their application for permission to travel to Jamaica.

The compulsory $40 fee will be included as part of a travel authorisation application on the official tourism website, triggering automatic participation in Jamaica Cares programme. More details of the travel authorisation can be found on here.


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