COVID INFORMATION HUB
COVID Travel Info
Testing and Travel Authorization
TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION: Travel Authorization applications must be submitted within seven (7) days of the intended travel date. It is a requirement for check-in and boarding your flight and the airlines will not allow passengers to board without it.
Get you Authorization here. All applications will be assessed immediately, with the outcome given onscreen and also sent to your registered email.
COVID TEST: Get your test within 3 days of travel. The negative test result must be presented to the airline representative in order to complete the check-in for a flight.
Note- if you miss your flight or you are delayed by one day, and you got your test 3 days out, you will need to re-test. Consider getting your test 2 days out.
ACCEPTED TEST TYPES (per this page)
* A Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (RT-PCR)
* A Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAA)
* An RNA or molecular test
* An Antigen test
* Only results from oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal samples will be accepted for PCR tests
* Only results from nasopharyngeal samples will be accepted for Antigen tests
* Antibody tests will NOT be accepted
* Results from home-based test kits will NOT be accepted
Testing Alert! -HAVE A PLAN!-
Testing sites are starting to become overbooked again, making scheduling your tests more challenging. Some are booked for weeks out. We therefore recommend that you schedule your tests immediately.
One strategy to consider is to schedule two tests, one three days out and one the day before you leave with the second test being a rapid antigen test. The second test could be useful in case:
1) you don't get your results back
2) the first test is a false positive; or
3) if you miss your flight or it is delayed - if that occurs your first test will be more than three days out!
If you only get one test, consider getting your COVID test 1 or 2 days before travel.
For those trying to find a test site, here is a resource form the US Department Of Health and Human services website: https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites/index.html#oh
TEST RESULTS SHEET TO BRING TO CHECK INTO YOUR FLIGHT AND UPON ARRIVAL:
At airport check in and upon arrival, you should have three items:
your travel authorization,
your test results, and
When you get tested, look at the printed test results page. if needed, ask your test provider for a test result sheet that has the following information (See the Jamaica test requirements here that says your sheet should ideally have the following):
* Name of individual tested (must be same on application and lab test result)
* Date of birth of individual tested (must be same on application and lab test result)
* Name of testing laboratory
* Indication of laboratory credentials (CLIA, ISO 15189)
* Date of sample collection
* Type of test
* Type of sample
* Test result
LABORATORY REQUIREMENTS: The test must be conducted by a medical laboratory with either of the following credentials:
* Accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP)
* Registered by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)
* ISO 15189 certification
Travel Back to the USA
The most updated information on the requirements for travel to the United States is here. US bound travelers will need to get a viral test no more than 3 days before you travel by air into the United States (US) and show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight, or be prepared to show documentation of recovery (proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).
The test can be either an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), which include PCR and rapid tests. The test used must be authorized for use by the relevant national authority for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in the country where the test is administered.
Travel Back to Canada:
Canada has detailed requirements and exceptions, with different rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated citizens. Review the latest information here.
Testing at the Resort:
The resort offers testing on-site. The fees are $20 per rapid antigen test and $90 per PCR test. You can also use a telehealh home test from emed (for USA entry). US travelres may wnat to consider bringing these tests as a backup.
GET VACCINATED & ISOLATE PRIOR TO TRAVEL & TESTING!
We hope that our upcoming trip will be COVID-free, but as you know there is always the possibility of contracting COVID in Jamaica or anywhere else - whether you are vaccinated or not.
Getting vaccinated is the best way to minimize your chances of becoming sick and testing positive, so we very strongly urge any unvaccinated attendees to get vaccinated before traveling.
We also highly recommend that you purchase travel health insurance. Please see "Don't Ruin Your Concation" under "Tips & FAQ's" for more information.
We also strongly recommend that, vaccinated or not, you isolate yourself as best as possible in the days preceding your travel to Jamaica, especially those 10-14 days before your test and departure.