Delano Seiveright, Senior Strategist in the Tourism Ministry
Jamaica is among several countries to benefit from a major simplification of the British government's rules for international travel.
The announcement, made on Friday by the British government, follows complaints from travellers and businesses that its regulations aimed at staving off the spread of COVID-19 were cumbersome and ineffective.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said, effective October 4, the UK will scrap its traffic light system that ranks countries as 'red', 'amber' or 'green' and replacing it with a two-tier system, with countries classified as red or open.
Jamaica, which was on the amber list, is now classified as open.
Testing requirements will be eased for fully vaccinated arrivals to England from open countries, and they will no longer have to take a COVID-19 test before travelling.
Delano Seiveright, Senior Strategist in the Tourism Ministry, said the changes to Britain's rules for international travel will benefit Jamaica's tourism industry.
However, he said the country continues to be affected by the UK Foreign Office advisory against non-essential travel.
"That has impacted the operations of Tui, which is a major carrier out of the UK. They're unable to operate their charter flights to Montego Bay because of that. Nonetheless, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic continue to be bullish. And we expect that as the situation improves and eventually the Foreign Office removes that advice, that we will be looking forward to a really, really strong winter season," Mr. Seiveright said.