Jamaica Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Mandatory Travel Protection Program
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism and co-chairman of the Global Tourism Resilience & Crisis Management Centre.
Dan Richards, CEO of Global Rescue.
Jamaica has announced ‘Jamaica Cares’, a newly developed travel protection program intended to provide peace of mind to anxious travellers.
The program is mandatory and the fee is US$40 per person.
Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, announced the innovative program during a virtual press conference yesterday.
Bartlett said Jamaica is leading the way, “being the first to offer this end-to-end health logistics coverage.”
Jamaica Cares is indeed designed to provide “end-to-end” traveller protection and emergency services that extend beyond standard COVID care. Starting next month, all international visitors holding non-Jamaica passports will be charged US$40 as part of the country’s Travel Authorization application onvisitjamaica.com. Travellers who already have travel and COVID-19 insurance in place will still need to purchase Jamaica Cares, said Dan Richards, CEO of Global Rescue, one of the partners which developed the program.
The fee covers case management, transportation logistics, field rescue, evacuation and repatriation for medical emergencies, including Covid-19, and natural disasters, such as hurricanes. It also includes international health coverage up to US$100,000 per visitor travelling to and from Jamaica, and on-island health coverage up to US$50,000.
Jamaica Cares has been designed "very specifically and very deliberately," Bartlett said. "The program protocol will ensure our ability to welcome travelers to Jamaica safely, knowing that in the worst-case scenario they will be treated to the gold standards of care and service."
The $40 fee will go towards funding the new Jamaica Operations Centre (JOC) in Montego Bay, with additional locations to open as necessary. In yesterday's press conference, Richards said the JOC will ensure "a rapid boots-on-the-ground response capability for dealing with crises when they occur, including coordinating our COVID-19 response in Jamaica and the region."
Jamaica Cares is a joint collaboration between the Global Tourism Resilience & Crisis Management Centre, the Global Travel and Tourism Resilience Council, and Global Rescue. Bartlett is the founder and co-chairman of the Global Tourism Resilience & Crisis Management Centre.
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.