Many of the Jamaicans speaking with wiredja.com, say they have been making calls to the Jamaican Embassy’s call centre to find out if the government was putting in place special charter flights to the island to accommodate Jamaicans stranded overseas.
Some of the stranded Jamaicans say since the announcement, they have been calling the airlines to make reservations to return home, but the airlines say they have not been advised when the island‘s ports will reopen and hence are not able to accommodate any reservations to Jamaica.
A media release by the opposition spokesman on foreign affairs Lisa Hanna highlighted the confusion surrounding the re-entry of Jamaicans into island with the latest Order made by the Prime Minister under the Disaster Risk Management Act.
She said the Order would immediately bring relief to some 2000 Jamaican workers, including the 43 ship workers who were denied entry while their vessel refuelled in Jamaican waters.
Hanna said social media postings made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade today, Kamina Johnson-Smith, suggested that the information contained in the Order was not what the Government intended.
In a release the foreign affairs minister “encouraged Jamaicans overseas to be careful about being misled by persons in social media interpreting a single paragraph of the Disaster Rick Management Act (No. 4 Order) to mean that regular travel will now start for our nationals.
The order has as a whole and recognizing that it is a part of a legal framework addressing the highly infectious COVID -19 disease. The framework will be made operational through new protocols including an electronic travel authorization process, accessible through the new JAMNCIOVID website and App,” she said.
The Minister further advised that following discussions between Jamaica and Antigua and Barbuda, the Cabinet agreed to allow a flight being sent to Kingston to repatriate Antiguans, to also return a small group of Jamaicans stranded there.
The Foreign Affairs Minister encouraged Jamaicans to await full information on the controlled re-entry process which will be shared shortly.
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