Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett today welcomed news that the United States of America’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has removed Jamaica from its Level 4 Avoid Travel to this Destination risk assessment.

Minister Bartlett says this is a very positive development.

He commended health authorities and the people of Jamaica for working to bring down the rates of Covid-19 infections and hospitalisations, which augurs well for the country’s risk assessment rankings.

The Minister says beyond that, the Resilient Corridor remains a very safe space for visitors and workers alike with comparatively high vaccination rates and extremely low infection rates.

Jamaica is now ranked at Level 3, which urges US travellers to be fully vaccinated before travelling.

Senior Advisor and Strategist in the Ministry of Tourism, Delano Seiveright noted developoment as good news.

He says the previous Level 4 ranking caused jitters in some circles and was certainly not good optics.

However, Mr. Seiveright says with this improved ranking it will be most helpful in the current and very aggressive efforts to boost tourist arrivals from all markets.

Minister Bartlett is currently in the United Kingdom with a high-level team from the Ministry of Tourism and the Jamaica Tourist Board participating in the World Travel Market, one of the largest international tourism trade shows in the world.