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Government reverses no-testing policy for incoming travellers

Published:Thursday | June 11, 2020 | 12:00 AM
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett

The Government has now announced that it will test all tourists and Jamaicans arriving as of June 15.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett made the disclosure at a COVID19 press conference on Thursday afternoon.  

This is a reversal of an earlier announcement by the Prime Minister.

There had been mounting opposition to the government's decision to abandon testing requirements for people arriving from June 15 onwards.

At present Jamaicans returning home are tested at the airports.

Non-Jamaicans are expected to start arriving on June 15.

In the meantime, chief medical officer Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie is urging people to continue practicing safety measures.

"The outbreak is not over," she said.

According to Bisasor McKenzie, with new population coming into the country, this is the most critical time.
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