Jamaica lifts travel restriction from the UK

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Jamaica has officially ended the travel ban since the UK. The Caribbean island had banned flights from the UK in late 2020 amid concerns about a new strain of COVID-19.

“This will allow critical entry gates at Heathrow and Gatwick airports to have transit for incoming passengers and fully comply with the health and safety protocols required for international travel,” said Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett.

Since Jamaica reopened its borders to tourism last summer, the island has received around 1.5 million visitors.

Jamaica’s position at the moment is critical in relation to the opening of the summer tourist season and indeed the importance of allowing the diaspora, in particular the strong British clientele who have always come to the island, “he said Bartlett.

“The lifting of the ban is also against the backdrop of the improved vaccination schedule in the UK and the fact that nearly 50% of British residents have received their second dose of vaccines.”

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