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Jamaica bans all flights from the UK with immediate effect

Jamaica has joined the growing list of countries banning all flights from the United Kingdom as the nation fights a new strain of the coronavirus.

The Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

The travel ban was issued today, December 21, and takes immediate effect. The ban will run for two weeks, ending January 4, 2021, according to a release from the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

However, flights coming into the island over the next 24 hours and outbound flights will be allowed up to midnight tomorrow, December 22.

“The country is expecting three flights from the UK over the next 24 hours, one of which is already en route, however all passengers who board these flights will be subjected to a minimum of 48-hour state quarantine and PCR testing,” the statement said.

Those who test negative will be given armbands for monitoring and released once their 14-day quarantine at home is completed. Those who test positive will be isolated in state facilities until recovered.

The ministry has also strongly advised against travel to the UK as those who go will be subject to quarantine or isolation procedures upon return.