US issues Level 3 travel advisory for Jamaica

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The US Embassy said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued the Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Jamaica, due to COVID-19 to its citizens traveling to Jamaica.

The embassy also advised that effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States aged two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test result that was done within three calendar days of travel.

Travelers to the US may provide documentation from a licensed healthcare provider of having recovered from COVID-19 within 90 days preceding travel.

The Embassy’s website on Friday stated – “Reconsider travel to Jamaica due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions. Exercise increased caution in Jamaica due to crime. Some areas have increased risk.”

“Jamaica has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations. Other improved conditions have been reported within Jamaica,” the advisory also stated.

Jamaica to date has recorded 14,772 coronavirus cases, with 2,413 of the cases being still active. A total of 11,850 persons have recovered from the virus, while 336 COVID-19 patients have died.

This new advisory comes just as the new Joe Biden administration on Thursday signed an executive order outlining new rules for travel to the US in its fight against the coronavirus, which has so far claimed more than 400,000 lives there.

Everyone flying to the United States from another country will need to test before they get on that plane, before they depart, and quarantine when they arrive in America.



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Amtrak issues travel advisory, halts some Virginia routes ahead of Inauguration Day

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Amtrak has issued a travel advisory in Washington D.C. ahead of Inauguration Day.

Amtrak will continue to operate service as scheduled, except for some services in Virginia, KTLA sister station WAVY reports.

There will be no Northeast Regional service south of Washington D.C., including all Virginia stations on Tuesday and Wednesday,  Jan. 19 and 20. The Carolinian, which travels between Charlotte and New York City, will only operate between Raleigh and Charlotte.

Amtrak says they are taking extra steps to ensure the safety of employees and customers in Washington and across the nation after the violent attacks on the U.S. Capitol.

Detours, as well as pedestrian and traffic patterns, have been put in place around Washington Union Station, which will require more time for people to get to the station.

“After last week’s violent attack on the U.S. Capitol,  we are taking extra steps to continue ensuring the safety of our employees and customers in Washington DC and across our network as we prepare for the Inauguration,” Amtrak officials said.

In addition to limiting ticket sales and requiring masks to be worn at all times, officials are increasing police enforcement to ensure strong compliance, remove non-complying customers, and ban those that don’t follow Amtrak’s policies.

This includes, according to Amtrak, deploying additional Amtrak Police officers on board trains and in stations to support frontline staff, and utilizing additional support from TSA and partner law enforcement agencies.

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