Jamaica Cares: A “World-Class” Travel Protection and Emergency Services Plan

October 26, 2020 Admin

Jamaica lovers have a new way to stay safe when visiting the island.

Jamaica Cares is a ground‐breaking travel protection and emergency services program set to launch next month. Jamaica Cares provides visitors access to first‐of‐its kind travel protection and emergency medical and crisis response services for events up to and including natural disasters.

“It’s a groundbreaking, world-class” program, said Edmund Bartlett, Co‐chairman and founder of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre, as well as Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism. “This is the first of its kind in the world.”

The travel protection and services program is a partnership coordinated and administered by the Global Tourism Resilience Crisis Management Centre, with support from the Global Travel and Tourism Resilience Council, Global Rescue, and leading international and national insurance
companies.

For $40 USD, Jamaica Cares provides visitors access to compulsory travel protection and emergency medical services, including:
– Case management, transport logistics, field rescue, evacuation and repatriation for medical emergencies, including COVID‐19, and other crises up to and including natural disasters
– International health coverage up to $100,000 USD for visitors traveling to and from Jamaica
– On‐island health coverage up to $50,000 USD

Jamaica Cares sets the gold standard for tourism by combining Global Rescue’s industry leading emergency services with domestic and international travel medical insurance. Visitors will have the peace of mind to travel again knowing their health, wellbeing and finances are protected.

Tourists will be provided with an information package and emergency contact details as they conclude their application for permission to travel to Jamaica. The compulsory fee will be included as part of the country’s Travel Authorization application on visitjamaica.com, triggering automatic participation in the Jamaica Cares program. Participation is mandatory for
all non‐Jamaican passport holders.

“Jamaica Cares is a comprehensive, mandatory program that delivers travel protection from the time they leave home until returning. It is a revolutionary and ground‐breaking initiative authored and driven by the GTRCMC that will safeguard and protect the Jamaican tourist product and citizens of Jamaica,” said Bartlett.

Half Moon Resort, Jamaica. JIM BYERS PHOTO
Half Moon Resort, Jamaica. JIM BYERS PHOTO


Travel attitudes consistently show a powerful willingness to pay for increased safety protections during travel. An international travel sentiment survey, conducted by Price Waterhouse Coopers, revealed safety is paramount in making travel decisions for which consumers are willing to pay.

A Global Rescue survey of more than 2,200 frequent travels found they agreed by wide margins (90+%) they would feel safer if they – and all travels – had services and protections for medical emergencies, including COVID‐19, and door‐to‐door travel insurance.

“Travellers want to know they are better prepared in the event of a medical emergency or a natural disaster and agents and operators will see the Jamaica Cares program as the gold‐ standard to restore travel confidence and rebuild bookings,” said Dr, Taleb Rifai, Co‐Chair, GTRCMC.


The Global Travel and Tourism Resilience Council (RC) is the leading communications partner that will help to disseminate information on the program globally.



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