DESTINATION NEWS: Jamaica to reopen to Brits, Madeira to give free Covid tests & Gibraltar looks promising to reopen


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Jamaica reopen to Brits

Jamaica, like many countries, stopped flights to the UK when the new variant was found. Flights can resume from 1 May.

British Airways are planning to resume flights in both directions on 6 May. Virgin Atlantic is planning on resuming flights in both directions on 18 May.

All travellers from 12 years and upwards arriving in Jamaica must present a negative COVID-19 molecular (PCR, NAA, RNA) or Antigen test, which was conducted within the 72 hours prior to the date of travel. You also have to apply for authorisation to enter from the Visit Jamaica website.

Jamaica is expected to be either green, or more likely amber.


Madeira to give free Covid tests


As a way to attract tourists who may be put off with the hassle and cost of Covid testing, Madeira will offer all tourists one free test. The test can be taken on arrival or departure, with results in 24 hours and discounted rates for any other tests needed.

You only need a test on arrival if you don’t have a vaccination certificate or proof of recovery from the virus within 90 days or a negative PCR test done within 72 hours.

Visitors can now also take a free test at the airport on arrival. The catch is that you then need to remain in your accommodation until the result is known. It takes up to 24 hours to get a result. This isn’t ideal but could work for those in self-catering accommodation. 

Any subsequent PCR tests in Madeira are from €90 and antigen tests from €18. So technically you could have the free tests and then use the €18 antigen test for your return if you want a very cheap option. 

Madeira is tipped to be on the green list that should be announced this week. It’s also worth noting that restaurants and bars still have to close by 10pm and there is a curfew 11pm-5am currently. 


Gibraltar looks promising to reopen and no test for entry

Gibraltar airport

Despite being one of the top tips for the green list, Gibraltar is currently closed to most visitors except registered Gibraltarians, residents of Gibraltar, Spanish nationals and residents in transit to Spain, and those working in Gibraltar. 

However, Gibraltar has recorded nearly six weeks without any new cases of Covid-19 among residents and is now looking to bring tourists back. It is predicted that they will reopen to Brits in time for 17 May if they are classed as green. 

Speaking to Sky News at the weekend, Health Minister Samantha Sacramento said,

“We’re very much looking forward to being on the UK’s green list when that is announced on the 17th of May,” 

“Gibraltar has a lot to offer and we are very much looking forward to welcome visitors from the UK to Gibraltar.”

“We have in place systems to make sure that our population continues to be safe, as well as to welcome visitors in a very safe way.”

In more good news, Gibraltar’s Chief Minister told Sky News that they will not require arrivals from the UK to take a COVID-19 test.

Somehow I think flights and hotels in Gibraltar may be about to go sky high!

1 Comment on "DESTINATION NEWS: Jamaica to reopen to Brits, Madeira to give free Covid tests & Gibraltar looks promising to reopen"

  1. Anonymous | 5 May 2021 at 8:27 pm |

    Gibraltar on the green list, Spain on the amber one while the border is open. Here we have the first of the loopholes. Same goes for Portugal and Northern Spain (Galicia).

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