UK to Recognize Jamaica’s Vaccination Certificates

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith is advising that as of Monday, October 11, 2021, Jamaica’s vaccination certification carried by Jamaican entering the United Kingdom will be acknowledged.

Minister Johnson Smith said she is glad that Jamaica’s vaccination programme and in particular, the vaccination cards, will now be recognized by the UK. She added that it is good news for vaccinated Jamaicans who were impacted by prior non-recognition, and for wider Jamaican society.

The Minister noted that Jamaica will join some sister Caribbean countries, as well as others including the USA and member states of the European Union in this regard.

Johnson Smith explained that recently, she dialogued with the UK Government on the issue and related matters at both the political and technical levels. She noted that information was from the Ministry of Health and Wellness through the British High Commission and our Mission in London was also facilitated.

The Minister said this announcement signifies the strength of systems put in place and Jamaica’s continued efforts to enhance the integrity of our vaccination programme.

Johnson Smith reiterated that an expanded UK List of country programmes had been prepared for October in which Jamaica has been included. She emphasized that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Health and Wellness to also ensure recognition of Jamaica’s vaccination programme by other countries, as they implement or maintain travel restrictions.