Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take you – despite the last expense.
Visitors to Jamaica will soon have to pay a small compulsory insurance fee for emergency medical and crisis response services as a precautionary measure amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Starting in November, all non-Jamaican passport holders must pay $ 40 per person for the “Jamaica Cares” program visit, officials said on Monday.
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The initiative was made possible through a public-private partnership between Jamaican authorities and Global Rescue, the emergency services company said in a press release. The mandatory fee will provide international health coverage up to $ 100,000 and island health coverage up to $ 50,000, plus’ case management, transport logistics, field rescue, evacuation and repatriation for medical emergencies ”- including the novel coronavirus.
Hon. Edmund Bartlett, co-chair of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Center, said the program will address an “unmet need” in the evolving travel industry by providing medical coverage and emergency evacuation services as the pandemic continues.
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“Jamaica Cares is a comprehensive and mandatory program designed to increase protection for travelers from the time they leave their homes until they return,” Bartlett said in a statement. “The traveler knows he is protected, and he knows other travelers are too. That’s what it takes to give travelers confidence when they’re ready to travel. ”
The mandatory fees will be bundled together in the travel authorization application, Global Rescue said.
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As of Wednesday morning, 8,652 cases of the coronavirus and 196 deaths were reported in Jamaica, according to the country’s health ministry.