CDC removes Jamaica from Level-4 risk assessment

CDC removes Jamaica from Level-4 risk assessment
CDC removes Jamaica from Level-4 risk assessment

United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) removed Jamaica from its level-four “Avoid Travel to this Destination” risk assessment. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, refers to this decision as a positive development for Jamaica’s tourism industry. 

Minister Bartlett noted, “I want to commend our health authorities and the people of Jamaica for working to bring down the rates of COVID-19 infections and hospitalisations, which augurs well for our risk assessment rankings. Beyond that, the Resilient Corridor remains a very safe space for visitors and workers alike with comparatively high vaccination rates and extremely low infection rates.”

CDC has listed Jamaica in level three ranked countries, now the US travellers are permitted to travel to Jamaica after getting fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Notwithstanding CDC risk assessments, Americans by and large continue to travel to destinations they want to visit.

Minister Bartlett is present in the United Kingdom with the delegation of ministers for their participation in the World Travel Market.

Jamaican would be adhering to the international standards relating to protocols for COVID-19. Following the statement, Minister Bartlett ensures that their tourism sector and the economy would be getting back to normalcy within a short time.

He stated, “This is good news indeed. The previous level-four ranking caused jitters in some circles and was certainly not good optics. However, with this improved ranking, it will be most helpful in our current and very aggressive efforts to boost tourist arrivals from all our markets.”

The engagements in the UK ended several global markets barrage, this also included 2 largest source markets of Jamaica which included Jamaica’s two largest source markets, the United States and Canada, and reaped successes in boosting airlift to the island and reassuring stakeholders on the COVID-related safety of the destination.

United States-based Frontier Airlines landed their inaugural flight in Montego Bay in St James a few days back. The flight was welcomed at the Sangster International Airport that was scheduled from Atlanta, Georgia, to Montego Bay in St James.