Covid 19 Travel Updates - Tensing Pen Hotel
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Covid 19 Travel Updates




1 – All travelers to Jamaica, 12 years of age and over, regardless of nationality, are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen Rapid Test result to check in for a flight to Jamaica, at the airport in their country of departure.

– The date of the sample collection must be within 3 days of the travel date. Use this test date calculator (click for link) to find out the earliest day to get a sample.

– Tests must be done by an approved medical laboratory. For example, Quest Diagnostics, Walgreens, CVS, RiteAid, etc.  offer approved tests.

2 – Submit a Travel Authorization Application (click for link) online within seven (7) days of the intended travel date. Once approved, a copy will be emailed to you.

3 – Show both negative Covid results + Travel authorization form to the Check-In counter at the airport.



Please check the latest CDC protocols, for the latest changes in international travel rules.

1 – As of December 3, 2021, before boarding a flight to the United States:

– All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID 19 rapid antigen test taken no more than 24 hours prior to departure

– Children under 2 years old do not need to test.

2 – Tensing Pen can arrange for a rapid antigen test on the hotel premises, with little to no interruption to your stay, for a fee (usually around $50 per person)

3 – Travelers can elect to get tested  using a CDC-approved at-home test kit with telehealth  (such as BINAXNow  with eMed/Telehealth)




1 – Tensing Pen can arrange PCR tests at the Hotel, for a fee. Please contact us to inquire about timing, booking the test and cost.

2 – PCR testing can be done at your leisure and expense in downtown Negril, at the Omega Health Institute.



Please check your country’s guidelines for the latest changes. Each country’s guidelines are subject to change at any moment.


What Tensing Pen is Doing to Keep You Safe

We have been hard at work training for, and continuously implementing the highest level of enhanced health and safety measures in accordance with the Jamaican government, the CDC and WHO guidelines.

Employee Vaccination: 95% percent of Tensing Pen staff is fully vaccinated. The rest have either taken their first dose  or are not eligible due to health to vaccinate at the current time, but will soon be. We aim for 100% employee vaccination!

Training and Awareness: Extensive staff training on Covid-protocols safety awareness; Staff-required masks and other personal protection equipment;  Temperature check for all staff, vendors and anyone entering property.

Airport Transfers: Safety protocol training for our driver; Sanitization of all vehicles and guests luggage; Face masks required for drivers and passengers; Other social distancing and safety measures inside the vehicles.

Check-In: Optional touch-free online check-in; Sanitized areas between each check-in; Masks for staff and guests; Sanitized luggage upon moving it to your room.

Masks:   Mandatory masks for staff and guests to wear in public spaces; Masks not required when dining at the Lodge, with your family/ group, on your balcony or veranda, when swimming or privately enjoying one of our many secluded sun decks. Our eyes will always smile to you and we know you will smile back with your eyes too! 

Dining: New option to dine privately on your veranda or on one of our many secluded locations with setup fee waived or reduced.

Guest Rooms: Multiple-points room sanitizing, including all points of contact; Sanitization of all surfaces and A/C units between stays; Extensive deep cleaning and ventilation after guest departure.

Restaurant, and All Public Areas:  Multiple sanitization throughout the day of all furnishings, restrooms, loungers, chairs and all other surfaces; Sterilization of high-touch areas, such as light switches, door handles, etc.

As we navigate the unknowns and evolving official guidelines, we are giving great importance and attention to keeping Tensing Pen just as inviting, relaxing, healing and romantic as you have always known it to be.

We are all in this together, and together we shall overcome.