Jamaican nationals in Cayman who want to return home while their country’s borders remain closed will have to receive authorisation from their government.
The Jamaican Consulate has reopened, after closing its doors five weeks ago in accordance with the Cayman Islands government shutdown of non-essential services. The consulate will now be able to assist with the application process, through an appointment system.
A statement from the consulate said people who submit an application “may wish to note that quarantine at a government facility will be mandatory until otherwise notified, and that application does not guarantee immediate return”.
Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced in March that the country’s borders would be closed and all incoming passenger flights, including those carrying returning nationals, would be banned as of 21 March.
As of today, 6 May, there had been 473 cases of COVID-19 reported in Jamaica, including nine deaths.
The consulate has advised that people with questions about other topics, such as passports, citizenship and various services, can also call the emergency number.