Jamaica Introduces Compulsory Insurance Scheme

Sun-seekers jetting off to Jamaica will now have to pay for compulsory emergency cover from next month

Visitors to Jamaica will now be required to pay for compulsory emergency cover, which includes access to medical services, from next month.

The Jamaica Cares traveller protection and emergency services programme costs $40 per person and includes evacuation, repatriation for medical emergencies including Covid-19, international health cover up to $100,000 and on-island health cover up to $50,000.

Edmund Bartlett, Co-Chair of Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre said: “Jamaica Cares delivers an unmet need in the travel industry by providing primary medical coverage and medical evacuation services.

“Jamaica Cares is a comprehensive, mandatory program to increase traveller protection from the time they leave home until returning. The traveller knows they’re protected, and they know other travellers are, too. That’s what’s needed to give confidence to travellers when they are ready to travel.”

Holidaymakers to Jamaica must also present a negative Covid PCR or antigen test on arrival.

Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: “I would like to congratulate all those involved in the implementation of the Jamaica Cares programme, which will no doubt help to restore traveller confidence and aid the recovery of the travel and tourism sector.”