Travel question

Why are we being advised against travel to Jamaica?

Simon Calder answers your questions on Covid and Brexit rules as the travel situation continues to evolve

Friday 01 October 2021 21:30
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Port Antonio: the FCDO’s no-go warning has two adverse effects

Q There is currently a disconnect between the government’s green and amber lists and the Foreign Office guidance. For example, Jamaica is on the amber list, meaning it’s OK to visit, but the Foreign Office “advises against all but essential travel to the whole of Jamaica based on the current assessment of Covid-19 risks”. Why the discrepancy?

Miss Bee, via the latest Ask Me Anything at

A I agree it is strange that the Foreign Office (FCDO) should issue such a warning. Certainly, there have been concerns over the past couple of months about high coronavirus infection rates in Jamaica, but the island’s situation appears to be improving. The Department for Transport (DfT) – which organises inbound travel restrictions to the UK – has kept it on the medium-risk amber list, and I am confident it will avoid the “red list” requiring hotel quarantine.

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