Following a fruitful festive season, and a slight dip in business due to the recent omicron surge, hoteliers and other tourism players in Negril, had been anticipating an extremely rewarding summer.

However, all eyes are set on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, to see if these predictions will materialize. The requirement to obtain travel authorization through the Jam-Covid and visit Jamaica platforms was removed March 1. 

So too was the requirement for travel-related quarantine; a plus for hoteliers and no doubt,  a relief for visitors, according to president of the Negril Chamber of Commerce, Richard Wallace. He says they’ve been gearing up for what’s predicted to be one of the best summer travel seasons, but now, they are closely watching, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Still, there’s optimism in the midst of uncertainty. Persons are still required to provide a negative PCR or antigen test done no more than 3 days before traveling to Jamaica.