Tourism Minister, Ed Bartlett, says Jamaica will reopen its borders to international visitors from the United Kingdom on May 1.

Jamaica’s travel ban on the United Kingdom will come to an end on April 30.

Minister Bartlett says there are already positive signs for hotel bookings from UK tourists.

He says Jamaica has joined calls by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourist Association for a global reclassification of the region in terms of how it’s managing COVID-19.

Marjorie Gordon has more in this report.

Minister Bartlett says Jamaica’s position at this time is critical in relation to the opening up of the summer tourist season.

He says it’s important to enable members of the Jamaican Diaspora, especially those in the UK, to travel home.

He says the lifting of the ban comes against the background of the improved vaccination programme in the UK.

The Tourism Minister says a significant issue remains the UK’s attitude to the colour coding of countries based on their management of the pandemic.

He says already Summer tourism numbers are 75% of 2019 figures.