First Choice holidays to Jamaica are likely to start up again soon.

Once the government advice changes, you’ll be able to go on holiday to Jamaica with First Choice again. You’ll find everything you need to know about your holiday right here, from social distancing to face masks. There’s no doubt your getaway will be a little different, as we all get used to the new normal. But, here at First Choice, we’re working our flip flops off to make sure you still have a fantastic time. It’s all part of our Holiday Promise, which is designed to give you complete peace of mind.

We’ve got your back

COVID Cover*, which you can use as an add-on to your usual travel insurance, is included as standard on all 2020 First Choice holidays. It means you can change your booking if you get COVID-19 before your holiday – for free. A Holiday Guarantee insurance policy is also part of the package. This sorts you out for medical assistance abroad, testing costs and a flight home for treatment if you need it. *T&Cs apply.

On your flight and at your hotel

Flights for most First Choice holidays are with TUI, our sister company. They’ve got a heap of new measures in place to keep you safe. We’re talking regular deep-cleaning, online check-in and rules around face masks. We’re keeping a close eye on our hotels, too, to make sure they’re squeaky-clean and properly prepped before re-opening their doors. Find out more about changes to flights, hotels and transfers here. And, take a peep at our FAQs, for more info on the likes of hotel pools, entertainment and restaurants.

THE FIRST CHOICE HOLIDAY PROMISE

  • COVID Cover* included
  • First Choice quality standards guaranteed
  • Around-the-clock support
  • Quarantine-free destinations only
  • Flexible options if your holiday can’t go ahead

Find out more about our promise.

Here are the main things you need to be aware of.

Social distancing distance 1.5 metres.
Face mask requirements for adults Face masks are mandatory in certain enclosed and indoor public spaces, such as on public transport, in shops and spaces where social distancing guidelines cannot be followed.
Face mask requirements for children Face masks are advised for children in spaces where social distancing is difficult or not possible.
Am I required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form? You must complete a pre-travel screening document, called a Travel Authorization, at least 24 hours before you are due to depart. If you don’t, you’ll be denied boarding.

You can complete the form on the Visit Jamaica website and you’ll need to bring it to the airport with you.

• You can complete one form for all members of the same household, as long as you live at the same address. All members, including children, will need to be added to the form
• Once completed, you’ll receive a confirmation email, which you need to show on arrival in Jamaica

Other need-to-knows • You should download the Jamaican government’s Track and Trace App before you travel. Download it from the App Store or Google Play.
• On arrival at the airport, all passengers are required to have a health screening.
• When you check in to your hotel, you’ll have your temperature checked.
• You’ll need to stay within your holiday resort for the duration of your holiday – excursions to local sights are not available at this time. If your hotel is on a beach, you are allowed to use the beach.
• Gatherings of groups of more than 10 people are not permitted.

Here’s what you can expect while you’re out and about in Jamaica.

Beaches Your temperature will be checked when you arrive at the beach. You’ll need to keep a distance of at least 6 feet between you and other people and groups, both on the sand and in the water.
Restaurants and bars Restaurants and bars are open, with their capacity reduced to 70%. The maximum permitted group size is 10 people. There are no self-service stations for the likes of water, tea and coffee. Self-service is also removed at bars and buffets, with staff manning the stations, handling the utensils and serving food. Electronic payment, rather than cash, is encouraged.
Sights Your temperature will be checked at all sights and attractions. You’ll need to wear a face mask for all non-water-based activities.
Supermarkets .
Other facilities You’ll need to wear a face mask in shops. Saunas are closed. The maximum capacity for lifts is five for people who are not from the same party, or 10 for people from the same party or family. Kids’ clubs are operating at a limited capacity and carrying out temperature checks.

Here’s the key information on getting to Jamaica.

Flights with First Choice Check in for your flight on the First Choice or First Choice App or online. Check-in opens 24 hours before your flight, and closes three hours before departure. You’ll be asked to certify that you’re fit to travel.

Here are your options for travelling within Jamaica.

Car rental .
Public transport Temperature checks are being carried out on buses and coaches. Capacity is reduced to 70%. You’ll need to wear a face mask on all public transport.
Hiking Not yet known – we’re working on it.
Biking Not yet known – we’re working on it.

For more information, take a look at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice on travelling to Jamaica.

Read the full FCDO advice here