The government has started talks with several stakeholders as it moves to ramp up COVID 19 testing across the island.

The move comes as the US, Canada and the UK have announced that all travellers to those nations will soon have to present negative COVID tests before being allowed entry.

That includes the citizens of those countries.

A majority of Jamaican tourists are from those countries.

Yesterday Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett named a special task force to spearhead efforts to boost Jamaica’s COVID-19 testing capacity.

Senior Strategist in the Tourism Ministry Delano Seiveright is a member of the task force.

He says richer nations are buying up a majority of the testing resources.

Delano Seiveright, Member of the special task force to spearhead efforts to boost Jamaica’s COVID-19 testing capacity.

The US starts demanding negative COVID tests on January 26.

In Candada, the policy starts next Tuesday.

And in the UK, it starts this Friday.

There is a temporary ban on flights between Jamaica and the UK.