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Jamaica no longer requires proof of negative COVID test

This week the Jamaican Government announced that, effective April 16, visitors will no longer be required to show proof of a negative COVID test.  This also applies to Hedonism II guests.  For now, guests traveling from the US will still be required to take an antigen test and show negative proof one day prior to departing Jamaica.  We are thrilled that the government has relaxed the testing requirements. 

More information on Jamaica requirements

Royal Caribbean Starts Process Towards Less Strict Measures

Royal Caribbean is rolling back several measures the company implemented in December 2021. From February 15, guests will no longer be required to wear a mask in the vaccinated-only areas on the Royal Caribbean cruise ships. These include a selection of bars and lounges, restaurants, shows in the theaters onboard, and the casino. 

Situations where masks are no longer needed include when guests are in open-air areas of the ships, unless these become overly crowded, in the pool or other areas where masks may become wet, in the vaccinated only areas onboard, in staterooms, in private destinations, and when guests are under the age of two. 

Biden Administration reveals new travel rules - Effective Monday, December 6, 2021

CDC posted this today, December 3, 2021

"If you plan to travel internationally, you will need to get a COVID-19 viral test (regardless of vaccination status or citizenship) no more than 1 day before you travel by air into the United States. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight."


In response to the omicron COVID variant, the Biden Administration today released new guidelines for inbound travelers to the U.S., including U.S. citizens. Effective Monday, December 6, all U.S. citizens, regardless of vaccination status, will need to show proof of a negative COVID test taken within 1 day of travel, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, before they board their flight to the U.S. The “mask mandate” for interstate transportation and international travel was also extended through March 2022. This comes on the heels of a ban on foreign travelers from eight countries in southern Africa that was put in place last week.

DETAILS Below and at Link

See details published by CDC December 3, 2021:   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html


According to the CDC, viral tests (those that detect SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid or antigens) are valid to enter the U.S. The latest order requires all air passengers arriving to the US from Jamaica to get tested no more than 1 day before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. Canadian restrictions require a negative PCR result before boarding their flight back to Canada. That means travelers should be able to take either a PCR or rapid antigen test, as long as written documentation of test results (paper or electronic copy) can be provided to the airline.
If a guest’s test results are positive, Hedonism II will provide complimentary quarantine accommodations at the resort for the mandatory wait period of 5 days. In the event the guest health deteriorates further the Ministry of Health may insist that the guest(s) be transferred to an on-island medical facility – until a doctor certifies clearance for travel with a negative test result.

Effective September 1, 2021, there will be a charge for covid-19 on-site testing.
The cost will be as follows:
• Rapid-Antigen – U$20.00
• PCR – U$90.00
Travel agent rates and comp stays do not apply. Policies are subject to be reviewed and amended accordingly and updates will be communicated in a timely manner.
The Jamaican Government has requested that we remind everyone to use only COVID approved, inspected, insured and licensed transportation companies to and from the resort. We ask that you comply with this directive for your own safety and for the safety of our staff and other guests.
IMPORTANT: For the latest Jamaican Government requirements go to www.visitjamaica.com. All visitors arriving to Jamaica are also required to obtain a Travel Authorization prior to arrival, which can be applied for online at: https://travelauth.visitjamaica.com.
NEGRIL, JAMAICA – AUGUST 2021 – Since its re-opening on July 1st, Hedonism II has rigorously implemented safety and sanitation measures, following the directives and recommendations of both Jamaican and international organizations. Now, in an effort to further protect resort visitors, Hedonism II is expanding upon Jamaica’s mandatory testing procedures to apply to all guests arriving to and staying at the resort.

Currently, per Jamaican government protocol, all travellers ages 12 and up regardless of nationality are required to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR or Antigen test result from an accredited lab within 3 days of the intended travel date.

Proof of test results will be required at check in. Should a guest not have the necessary documentation upon arrival, they will be directed to a government approved clinic for testing – at their expense - and be required to quarantine in designated rooms at the resort until results are received.

All visitors arriving to Jamaica are also required to obtain a Travel Authorization prior to arrival, which can be applied for online at: https://travelauth.visitjamaica.com.

Hedonism II follows all mandated protocol as put forth by the Ministry of Health and is a Protocol Compliant Approved accommodation as listed on the www.VisitJamaica.com website.

The resort’s ongoing enhanced health and safety procedures and preventative measures, referred to as the PARTY SAFELY program, also includes:

o Enforcement of mandated social distancing in all common areas, including the lobby, restaurants, bars, and pools.
o Temperature checks using infrared sensors.
o Buffet now allows self-service. However, guests MUST wear a mask while at the buffet.

o Continuous and effective disinfection of in room surfaces and air conditioners.
o Frequent sanitizing of high contact areas.
o Detailed disinfection of luggage at time of arrival.

o Personal protection equipment supplies for each guest. Masks are mandatory per the Jamaican Government.
o Anti-bacterial gel stations in all areas throughout the resort and staff offering anti-bacterial gel to guests on a regular basis.
o Upgrade of on-property medical team including specially trained nurses in the detection and care of potential COVID-19 cases.
o 24-hour medical service.

o Continuous training about preventative measures and disinfection processes for rooms and common areas.
o The use of mandatory facemasks and personal protection equipment.
o Guaranteed use of correct hand washing techniques.
o Regular temperature checks.

o Government protocols are enforced for all indoor locations as of September 1, 2021:
 Disco – based on the approximate 700 square feet, only 40 persons maximum including staff are allowed in this space
 Kama Sutra Palace – based on the approximate 1290 square feet, only 35 persons maximum including staff are allowed in this space. Available for rental ONLY – no classes are currently being offered by Hedonism
o Continuous training about preventative measures and disinfection processes for rooms and common areas.
o The use of mandatory facemasks and personal protection equipment.
o Guaranteed use of correct hand washing techniques.
o Temperature checks.

Jamaica Tourism Update December 10 2021

1. Fully vaccinated cruise ship crew members are allowed to leave the vessel and go into the TPDCo managed spaces and TPDCo COVID-19 certified entities.
2. Allowable Capacity
- The capacity of licensed tourism transportation has been increased to 100% capacity. However, no passenger is to be seated beside the driver.
- The capacity for all common areas and watersports operations has been increased to 85% capacity.
- The capacity for beaches has been increased to 100% capacity.
3. Saunas are now allowed to operate. We encourage you to view the COVID-19 Safety
4. All patrons (cruise passengers, land-based visitors and locals) allowed access to TPDCo
5. Minibar and in-room refrigerators can now be resumed.
6. Self-service on the buffet lines can now be resumed. Of note is the following guidelines:
i. Ensure patrons are wearing masks and sanitizing on entry to the Buffet area. Chefs and servers should be around the buffets to assist and make sure designated tools are used.
ii. Buffet watchers should be in place to monitor queues.
7. Physical distancing requirement has been changed to a minimum of 3ft in common areas.

We would like to underscore that there has been no adjustment to the requirement of mask
wearing and sanitization mechanisms. This must be strictly adhered to in all instances.

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